Ransomware is rampant. It’s a type of malware which restricts access to the computer system that it infects, and demands a ransom paid to the creator(s) of the malware in order for the restriction to be removed.
The best cure is prevention:
- Filter your emails BEFORE they reach your inbox.
- Use extreme diligence and precaution when opening ZIP file attachments.
- Use an automated backup system that will restore your files from a date and time prior to the infection.