Whenever we install something new on our computer, there is a high chance 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 is a type of malware that restricts access to the computer system, while malware is a broader term that includes any malicious software.
- Ransomware demands payment in exchange for restoring the system access, whereas malware can cause damage to the system without demanding any payment.
- Ransomware often spreads through email attachments, while malware can spread through various means, such as infected websites or software downloads.
Ransomware vs Malware
Ransomware is a type of virus that attacks a system’s personal data by locking the user’s access to the system until a ransom is paid off. This occurs in malicious email attachments. Malware is software that threatens the security and privacy of a computer system or server. These threats can easily be eliminated with anti-virus software.
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 gets affected by malware.
|Parameters of Comparison||Ransomware||Malware|
|Definition||It is software that helps to block access unless if the ransom fee is paid||It is mainly designed to cause damage to others personal computer or network|
|Delivery||Emails that contain malicious attachments||Email, USB, and Software installations|
|Impact||It will attack the system, and the impact will be high||Commodity malware will help to control the data and the resources|
|Removal||It is very difficult to remove||Antivirus 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 it.
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 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
- If your system is affected by ransomware, then the impact will be serious, and it will follow you for a long.
- Removing ransomware is not an easy task. But removing malware is easy. You can do it with the help of antivirus.
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Sandeep Bhandari holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computers from Thapar University (2006). He has 20 years of experience in the technology field. He has a keen interest in various technical fields, including database systems, computer networks, and programming. You can read more about him on his bio page.