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A new ransomware is circulating via rogue websites, and it threatens to encrypt all of your data until you pay a ransom. Because it utilizes the same Chromium coding as Chrome, the problem also affects Microsoft Edge.
According to HT Tech, the notorious Magniber ransomware has reappeared. This one has a reputation for targeting innocent folks with the outdated Internet Explorer browser. Now, the attackers are doing the same thing with Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome. The ransomware continues to operate in the same manner as before, with the exception that it now supports Chrome and Edge browsers.
Malware is frequently spread via fraudulent web pages that seem to deliver a new upgrade for your Chrome or Edge browser. The website downloads a browser extension of the.appx type once the user hits the “Update Chrome” or “Update Edge” buttons. After the extension is installed, the software runs in the background, and the unavoidable event occurs.
The malicious files begin encrypting your Windows system’s data in the background, without you being aware of it. The malware will display a Notepad document with the ransom letter after the harmful encryption is complete. After that, you won’t be able to access your computer’s files, and the only way to get them back is to pay the ransom. In addition, the ransomware forces victims to download the Tor browser as part of the procedure.
Steps to protect yourself from the ransomware
Downloading “update packages” for your Chrome or Edge browser from other websites is never a good idea. There is no need to manually update Chrome or Edge because they can obtain updates from the servers automatically. Hackers frequently use bogus websites to trick you into downloading an update.
Always keep a backup of your data on the cloud or on an external hard drive. If your computer becomes infected, you may always wipe it clean and restore your data from a backup.
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