What is ransomware and why do I need ransomware protection?

Ransomware is malicious software that encrypts the hard disk of the infected system. After an attack, the data cannot be accessed anymore – forever, or until you pay for a code to decrypt your own data again. Ransomware threats are serious for private computers and company infrastructure alike. Within a few minutes after an attack, your system is useless. Other devices in the same network are encrypted in no time, and you see your monitor turning black. Millions of systems have already been infected. Last year the NotPetya ransomware targeted dozens of businesses around the world and, for example, cost the American pharmaceutical giant Merck more than $310 million. In most cases buying new hardware is the only option and all data is lost. Protect your personal data and hardware with the anti-ransomware feature of Avira Antivirus.

Avira Ransomware protection feature benefits

Our Trojan virus remover and ransomware removal tool offers the best ransomware protection. It protects your system against evolving ransomware threats. Any attempts to alter, delete or encrypt your personal files get discovered by the ransomware detection. You are protected from all known ransomware attacks including WannaCry, TeslaCry and TeslaCrypt.

Real-time protection and ransomware detection Made in Germany

The real-time Antivirus protection blocks viruses, Trojans, worms, other malware and ransomware attacks. Your system is protected against all known ransomware, we blocked over 10 million attempts last year. Choose our award-winning security solution Made in Germany with 30 years security-related expertise for your best anti-ransomware protection.

Premium ransomware protection with Avira Antivirus Pro

For premium ransomware scanner benefits with protection against evolving ransomware threats, you need Avira Antivirus Pro. The premium ransomware protection - the best in the industry - detects behavioral clues and stops attacks before they occur. All your files are protected from being altered, encrypted or deleted.

Download our Avira Antivirus with ransomware protection now

Avira Antivirus and Avira Antivirus Pro with our anti-ransomware feature are available for all your internet devices. Get the free ransomware protection included in the free Antivirus, or benefit from premium ransomware protection with the Pro version.

  • Are you running a Windows machine? Download Antivirus for Windows 7 and Windows 10
  • Do you work with a Mac? Then download Antivirus for Mac OSX 10.11 (El Capitan) or later.
  • To protect your Android smartphone and tablet from ransomware threats and all kinds of malware, just download the Avira Antivirus app for Android  4.0.4 or later.
  • For your iPhone and iPad, you need Avira Antivirus for iOS 8 or later.

Download your version now to protect your system against ransomware attacks and other risks while browsing the internet, visiting websites and streaming music and videos.

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