Difference Between Ransomware and Malware

Whenever we install something new on our computer, there are high chances that viruses or hacking could happen. This we don’t do deliberately, but we have to be careful and not let these things happen.

Ransomware vs Malware

The main difference between Ransomware and Malware is that when your system gets affected by ransomware, it will attack all your files unless you pay the person who attacked it. Malware is a type of virus, and it has many names which will attack your personal computers and your computer systems. 

Ransomware vs Malware

Ransomware is like a virus that will affect your personal computer. You have to be very careful when you are opening any emails or using any public site.

So, the basic step followed by people is to have antivirus software in their systems that will protect them from these types of software. Some incidents will happen if your system got affected by malware.  

Comparison Table Between Ransomware and Malware

Parameters of ComparisonRansomwareMalware
DefinitionIt is software that helps to block access unless if the ransom fee is paidIt is mainly designed to cause damage to others personal computer or network
DeliveryEmails that contain malicious attachmentsEmail, USB, and Software installations
ImpactIt will attack the system, and the impact will be highCommodity malware will help to control the data and the resources
RemovalIt is very difficult to removeAntivirus can remove this easily

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of malware that will attack your personal computer and restrict all your access unless you pay some amount of money to get rid of that.

This will be caused to your system when you open any spam or phishing emails on your system. People most likely respond to these emails, and the percentage of people who respond to these emails is 54%.

To get rid of ransomware attacks, people usually pay the person who attacked so that they can recover all their files. But paying itself will not give you the exact guarantee that the person who attacked will give back all your files.

What is Malware?

Malware is mainly designed to destroy computers and computer systems. This will just cause damage to standalone computers or PCs.

There are even some simple steps available to remove malware as well. You can disconnect your personal computer from the internet connection.

Whatever web browser you are using, always fix them. And the last method is you can clear your cache memory.

Main Differences Between Ransomware and Malware

  1. If your system got affected by ransomware, then the impact will be serious, and it will follow you for a long.
  2. Removing ransomware is not an easy task. But removing malware is easy. You can do it with the help of antivirus. 
Difference Between Ransomware and Malware


These two things can happen anytime. So, you have to be careful whenever you do something new to your system.

Also, there are some preliminary measures available on the internet, and you can follow them so that you can add some security to your system because one small mistake by opening a spam email will lead to many difficulties.

They might do the same thing again, and we can’t keep on paying them for our system safety. So, it is better to follow some safety measures beforehand to get rid of these problems.  


  1. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/8433199/
  2. https://labs.f-secure.com/assets/resourceFiles/mwri-behavioural-ransomware-detection-2017-04-5.pdf
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