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What is ransomware?

Ransomware is malware that can lock a device or encrypt its contents in order to extort money from the owner in return for restoring access to those resources. This kind of malware can also have a built-in timer with a payment deadline that must be met. In this case, the price for unlocking the data and hardware will increase with time, and the information and the device will ultimately be rendered permanently inaccessible if payment isn’t made.

Among the well-known examples of ransomware affecting desktop computers are WannaCry, Petya, XData, Reveton, CryptoLocker, CryptoWall and TeslaCrypt. Those affecting mobile platforms include Simplocker and LockerPin.

Why you need ransomware protection

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) had received nearly 7,700 public complaints regarding ransomware since 2005, totaling $57.6 million in damages. Those damages include ransoms paid—generally $200 to $10,000, according to the FBI—as well as costs incurred in dealing with the attack and estimated value of data lost. In 2015 alone, victims paid over $24 million across nearly 2,500 cases reported to the IC3.

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How ESET protects against ransomware

Ransomware Protection

Ransomware Shield

Uses multilayered malware prevention and detection to keep criminals from holding your data hostage.


Network Attack Protection

Prevents spread of ransomware by protecting against vulnerabilities for which a patch has not yet been released or deployed.

Cloud Malware Protection System

Cloud Malware Protection System

Analyzes submitted malware and provides results to endpoints without requiring an update.

Ransomware protection can be found in the following ESET products:

ESET NOD32 Antivirus for Windows

ESET NOD32 Antivirus
Basic antivirus for Windows

ESET Internet Security for Windows

ESET Internet Security
Advanced antivirus for Windows

ESET Smart Security Premium for Windows

ESET Smart Security Premium
Premium antivirus for Windows

ESET Multi-Device Security for Windows, Mac & Android

ESET Multi-Device Security Pack
Advanced antivirus for Windows, Mac & Android

ESET Cyber Security for Mac

ESET Cyber Security
Basic antivirus for Mac

ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac

ESET Cyber Security Pro
Advanced antivirus for Mac

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Did you know?

In 2016, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid a $17,000 ransom in bitcoin to a hacker who seized control of the hospital's computer systems.