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Ransomware Virus Attacks On The Rise

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

Law enforcement agencies are warning computer users to be on the lookout for ransomware attacks. Most recently, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department issued a warning about a rise in complaints.

Ransomware is a type of malware that works by hijacking your computer.  Lockscreen ransomware locks your screen and displays a message that says you’ve violated federal law by accessing sites associated with terrorism, child pornography or other criminal activities. Encryption ransomware encrypts your files and requires a password to access them.



These messages are not legitimate. This is not how law enforcement reacts to suspected Internet illegal activity. Most ransomware says you need to pay a fine for your computer to work again and gives you instructions on how to pay with a money card service. Paying the “fine” will not return your computer to a usable condition.



The best way to defend against ransomware is to keep your security and virus protection software up-to-date and only open attachments from trusted sources.

If your Windows computer is hijacked by ransomware, Microsoft suggests two ways to remove the infection. The first way is to restart your computer in safe mode and run the Microsoft Security Scanner.  After completing the scan, restart your computer.




If that doesn’t work, you’ll need access to another non-infected computer that has access to the Internet.  You can download a copy of Windows Defender Offline here and follow the instructions on how to create a bootable device. Then boot your infected computer from that device.

It’s a complicated process, so the best thing to do is make sure you don’t get infected in the first place. Make sure you install security software and keep your definitions up-to-date.

 ~ Cynthia


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5 Responses to “Ransomware Virus Attacks On The Rise”

  1. bob price says:

    My son and a friend both got this. Friend tried to restart but it would not work. He putzed around quite a while and finally got to restart to safemode. He had many problems killing this thing. My son quickly held down the power button for a forced shutdown, then restarted to safemode. Then used his own malware and virus programs found and killed it quickly.

    Son figures he stopped it before it could infect or add to the registry.

  2. K.Vee.Shanker. says:

    This is definitely an impportant warning! Thanks Cynthia!

  3. Stan says:

    My computer was recently infected and I was unable to start it in Safe mode even though I disconnected it from the internet.I expect that the problem was due to the ransomware.
    I could have used this tip a few days ago.

  4. […] Orange and it targets Internet Explorer, Flash and Java. The malware includes ransomware attacks. Ransomware locks up your computer and demands payment to release […]

  5. Jhacke says:

    All this, along with SPAM that is being generated by IP provided by internet providers themselves – to sell you anti-SPAM “upgrades” for your connection – is leading very soon to mandated bio-ID in order to sgn on to the WORLD WIDE WEB ! People with older computers will have to buy a USB type biometric reader that will require you put your finger in the scanner before you play on the web,children.
    All you suckers who have new iPhones/Pads have already given them your fingerprint, EVERYTIME YOU touch-de-screen.

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