There are countless types of ransomware out there. Here, we’ll touch on some of the more popular and dangerous ones:
This type of ransomware gets its name from the way it locks up your files. Once it’s infected your system, it will encrypt your files and then demand a ransom for the decryption key. It’s often spread through phishing emails that contain infected attachments.
This type of ransomware is similar to Locky in that it also encrypts your files and demands a ransom for the decryption key. However, Crysis is unique in that it will also target any backups that you have. This makes it extremely difficult to recover your files without paying the ransom.
This type of ransomware was specifically designed to target gamers. It encrypts game saves, important configuration files, and other game-related data. It then demands a ransom for the decryption key.
These two types of ransomware are actually variants of each other. They both work by encrypting the Master Boot Record (MBR) of your system, making it impossible to boot up. Petya will also encrypt individual files, while Mischa leaves the files alone but still prevents you from booting up. Both types of ransomware demand a ransom for the decryption key.
This type of ransomware gets its name from the horror movie character it’s named after. It’s unique in that it doesn’t just encrypt your files – it will also delete them if you don’t pay the ransom within a certain amount of time. It also has a feature that will make your screen flash red and play a scary sound if you try to close the Jigsaw window.
These are just a few of the more popular and dangerous types of ransomware out there. There are many others, and new ones are being created all the time. It’s important to be aware of the dangers of ransomware and to take steps to protect yourself.