Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope
Computer security

Ransomware is a malicious program that infects a computer and then locks some part of it, preventing the user access to their computer or data. Commonly, after the ransomware is loaded onto the user's computer, a message is displayed demanding payment to unlock it. Ransomware varies in its degree of difficulty to remove, as well how many areas are locked, ranging from a few files to the entire hard drive.

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