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Antivirus Battles: Being Aware of Ransomware

Antivirus Battles: Being Aware of Ransomware

Antivirus software can protect your computers and network from all sorts of malicious content and system breaking bugs. Of course today, almost all systems have some form of antivirus protection serving as a shield to those unwanted outside digital disasters.
But with the ever-increasing amount of computer viruses, it’s hard to keep track of what your computer can obtain just by the mere opening of a misled email or attachment. Today, there is an even greater risk of antivirus software that cannot prevent certain viruses from entering and harming your computer. Enter: Ransomware.
 
This malicious form of malware called ransomware encrypts a user’s file, leaving them entirely scrambled, unless the unsuspecting victim pays for the decryption key. This extremely profitable business model for virus creators could potentially be making mass amounts of money on scamming out individuals for a proper solution.
Of course, without the backups of a victim’s computer, they are essentially held captive by the ransomware creator to pay up just in order to restore their computer back to the way it was. It is even said that authorities are advising victims of ransomware to just pay to restore their data back to its original state. This isn’t the recommended solution, but with so few options, what else could be done? Is it true that the encryption on the ransomware is just too solid to be broken by the latest antivirus programs? This is certainly the case, but not for long.
Simply put, the best and most effective way to handle ransomware is to just all-together avoid it in the first place. Current antivirus software on the market can be very effective in the way it handles the standard malware and viruses, but ransomware is taken to a whole higher level.
The standard way of how antivirus software works is by maintaining a data base of signatures of the already known viruses. The antivirus software scans your computer for any of the so-called signatures. If any of these virus signatures are indeed detected, the program will attempt to quarantine the virus and eventually delete it. While the standard method of how antivirus runs on your computer works well now, it is somewhat useless to unknown viruses which do not have their signature in the database. On top of that, viruses can encrypt their own code, making the antivirus software have a much greater challenge of dealing with the detection.
For the detection of these previously unknown viruses, heuristic analysis can also be used. Software that uses heuristic analysis can detect the previously unknown viruses by studying the behavior of software normally running on your machine. If any strange activity is detected, the software in question can be stopped in its motion and eventually removed.
The encryption aspect of ransomware is already incredibly effective. But that doesn’t stop hackers from improving on this. Some of the largest recent innovations in malware has been in exactly how the viruses can infect your computer. Keeping a common sense initiative on looking out for ransomware is best. With constant evolutions in technology, ransomware can be diminished by just having a very conscious mind and staying alert to any suspecting content. Be aware of ransomware and avoid all unusual content which could seem dangerous.