Ransomware is a malicious computer program designed to lock files on a user’s computer containing pictures, videos, and other information. The program demands payment in return of the users data. Usually if the payment is not met by a deadline the users data is destroyed or stolen. Ransomware infects a computer when a user visits a maclious website or opens a phishing email with a link to a malicious website. Some ransomware can be cracked if it’s not to sophisticated, otherwise ransomware can be very hard to get rid of. Alot of times attempts are unsuccessful. Out of date or weak virus protection can also be the cause of a ransomware infection. Never take a chance and always make sure to back up important data onto a usb flash drive or another data device.