Ransomware is one of the worst types of infections a computer system can get. It works by installing a virus that locks the owner out of their own files. In order to regain access to the locked files, the owner must either pay the ransom or hire a professional to remove the virus.
Paying the Ransom
Paying ransom to restore access to files that were locked by a virus is risky. There’s no guarantee the cyber criminals who installed the virus will actually release the files after the ransom is paid. There is also no way to know whether they copied the files and plan to use them for their own criminal purposes after the allow the original owner to access them again.
These ransoms tend to be in the thousands of dollars. Individuals and companies that pay ransoms might be targeted again in the future.
Hiring a Professional