Ransomware - Holding Your PC Hostage

Ransomware - a type of computer malware or virus - is particularly troublesome, as it attempt to extort money from the victim. The scenario goes like this: you are infected via an email or nasty website, and your computer is "locked". You can't see your desktop, and you can't "run" anything; all you see is an official-looking scary notice that you need to pay to get your computer back, often threating to wipe your system if you don't. Rebooting does nothing.

What on earth to do? See the video below from Sophos. The advice is applicable to most variants of ransomware-type malware:

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