RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - How much would you pay if someone hijacked your computer and demanded a money to get it back? The cyber thieves behind this scam - which can infect a computer and hold it hostage - hope the answer is a lot.
There are ways to protect your computer from this malicious virus, and these are free. Keep all your software updated and your firewall always turned on. Don't open spam e-mails or click on strange links, also use a reputable anti-virus program.
Experts say don't pay the cyber-criminals any money. That's the most important thing for ransom ware victims. Go to a different computer, and use the internet to search for an anti-virus company. They usually post free instructions to help users unblock their computers.