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Thread: How do you get Ransomware?

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    BML is offline Beginner
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    Default How do you get Ransomware?

    Am I correct in saying that this malignancy, Ransomware, can only happen if an Email is opened?

    How do you get Ransomware?

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    erbhargava is offline New Member
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    You are partially right but the virus can also spread through a flash drive used on an infected system.
    Correct me if I am wrong.

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    HappyAndyK is offline Site Administrator
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    An email attachment is the most common vector being used. But it could be if you visit a malicious web page too.
    Ransomware Attacks, Definition, Examples, Protection, Removal

    This post answers most questions like:
    How does ransomware get on your computer
    How to identify ransomware attacks
    Who can be affected by the ransomware attacks
    When can ransomware get a chance to attack
    Precautions against ransomeware attacks, and more.

    This link may also interest you: Precautions to take when opening email attachments.
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    keira0607 is offline New Member
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    Email attachment is the most common way to get the Ransomware infection or any other virus infection. But this is not the unique way through which you can get infected with the Ransomware or malware.

    It also spreads in other ways such as Phishing attacks with malicious attachments, user browsing behavior, visiting malicious or adult websites, if your windows OS is outdated or not updated with the latest updates, also as @erbhargava says using flash drive, pen drives used on infected system, also downloading videos, games, software from the free websites.

    Apart from that, the cyber criminals are becoming stronger day by day and using different tricks to get into the users system so be careful while browsing or downloading anything. And keep the valid backup of the important files and folder as well as scan your system regularly with the good and healthy antivirus program.

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