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Do you actually know how your antivirus program works? You click scan, it investigates your files, and you get a detailed report. And while that’s good, it’s important to understand how the process works.
Oops! Your important files have been encrypted!
The hard disks of your computer have been encrypted with a military grade encryption algorithm. There is no way to restore your data without a special decryption key. To obtain the key, please pay $500 in Bitcoin within 40 hours. If you do not send the money within the provided time, all of your files will be permanently encrypted.
“Did I forget to lock the door?” This scary thought usually comes to mind when you’re already halfway across town and it’s quite disconcerting. Leaving a door unlocked makes it easy for anyone to enter and take whatever they please.
The unfortunate reality is that because antivirus programs use up resources that could be used elsewhere, all of them will slow down your computer system in one way or another.
If you’re still wondering whether antivirus software is effective, you’re not alone. In fact, the debate has been going on for a while. Some researchers have even pronounced antivirus software dead and unnecessary for years now.