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Ransomware symptoms

icon your device is locked

Your device is locked

A splash screen appears upon startup that asks for payment and you can’t login.

icon odd or missing file extensions

Odd or missing file extensions

Files have extensions like .crypted or .cryptor or their extensions are missing altogether.

icon Files won’t open

Files won’t open

You get an unusual error message that Windows or iOS are unable to open or find specific files.

icon you receive a payment notice

You receive a payment notice

The hacker that infected your device gave you instructions on how to make payment.

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Don't take our word for it

“We use Malwarebytes on all of our company computers. Our experience is that Malwarebytes is effective and trouble free.”

‒ Robin G.

Fort Worth, TX

“Malwarebytes provides an extra, invaluable layer protection against malicious data, and that makes me and our systems feel safer!”

‒ Billy H.

Sarasota, FL

“Eliminating hundreds of potential malware and trackers every week for our entire organization.”

‒ Raymond P.

Southfield, MI

Ransomware FAQ

Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents you from accessing your computer or personal files and demands a ransom payment to regain access. Ransomware infects PCs, Macs, and mobile devices. It can also compromise cybersecurity by gaining access to your network and infecting other devices.

Absolutely; ransomware is still a critical threat in 2021. You can read the ransomware news coverage from Malwarebytes Labs to learn the latest. The best defense against this on-going problem is ransomware protection software that stops a threat before it locks your computer or mobile device and denies access.

You might assume that you don’t need ransomware protection for Macs, but that’s not the case: Ransomware can infect Macs just as it can Windows devices. Ransomware protection for mobile devices is important, too. In summary, it’s important to secure all of your devices from ransomware.

A word of caution: Be wary of free ransomware tools. They may not be able to stop a ransomware attack until after it infects your device. Malwarebytes Premium, on the other hand, stops ransomware in real-time before it’s a danger, which prevents hackers from holding your data hostage.

The best antivirus/anti-malware to protect your devices against getting encrypted with ransomware is one with built-in ransomware protection that can block an attack before your device is locked. Proactive monitoring and blocking ransomware is a key feature to look for in antivirus software today. The Ransomware Protection feature in Malwarebytes Premium uses proprietary tech to create a powerful defense against this threat.

Malwarebytes Premium is our best ransomware protection software ever. It actively blocks aggressive ransomware from taking over your devices and demanding payment to get your files. Malwarebytes Premium even fights threats that traditional antivirus protection can't stop and blocks zero day ransomware attacks (attacks for which there are currently no fixes).

It’s also important to know that Malwarebytes' ransomware protection uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to keep you safe from online and emerging threats. It's antivirus and anti-malware protection.

Windows 10 does offer ransomware protection. It’s not turned on by default so many people don’t know it exists.

However, you might want to think carefully before using it. The ransomware protection for Windows 10 often detects false positives, which means it could pinpoint a trusted program as being infected with ransomware. The warning could come at an inconvenient time and crash the program or prevent you from saving your work.

It’s tough to predict which programs Windows 10 deems suspicious so you won’t know in advance if your favorite programs or games will work with its ransomware protection. To prevent this, you can manually add your trusted programs to a whitelist, which isn’t a simple process, especially if you’re not technically savvy. Overall, you might need to make numerous adjustments if you turn on Microsoft 10 ransomware protection.

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