Ransomware is a group of PC parasites that locks the PC and demands payment for unlocking. Some of the parasites will outright demand payment without any explanation. Others will pretend to be from some institution, for example, FBI, RIAA, etc. The payments are collected using some pre-paid method usually. In Europe it is Ukash or Paysafe, in Russia SMS payments are used and in USA scammers use Moneypak. However, exceptions are possible.
Ransomware differs from other scam software in following:

  1. It always demands payment, either because of “authority” or using threats to destroy all the data.
  2. It does not try to emulate PC problems like virus infections on itself , though it might claim that there was infection
  3. In many cases, it blocks PC better than Rogue antiviruses

Typically, it is a result of trojan infection and it is quite difficult to remove. Some of the problems are caused by the way PC is locked. Additionally, several different families of trojans can impersonate the same institution and even share the design. Thus several different removal instructions have to be carried out to remove the ransomware successfully.
In the worst case, one needs alternate OS scanners to remove ransomware. However, in some cases it is enough to reboot into safe mode and change startup items, or use safe mode with command prompt to fix the registry. For complete guide check removal instructions for particular ransomware. In some cases you will need data decryption utility to recover encrypted files.

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