4 signs you're a victim of ransomware

...and the three steps you need to take next

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The word ransomware conjures images of kidnappers and ransom notes. But that doesn't quite capture the reality of PC ransomware. In fact, "it’s not always obvious when ransomware is the problem," says Mike Cobb, director of engineering at data recovery and digital forensics firm DriveSavers.

For example, when ransomware affects a server and the storage connected to it, “the remote user trying to access the shared volume will not have seen the ransom note and the files will no longer open up properly. It will look like corruption to the users and until the system admin looks at the server to see the ransom note all users can be chasing their tails.”

If you think you might be a victim of ransomware, here are the signs Cobb says you should look for:

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