Trojan-Ransom.Cidox is closely linked to the Vundo downloader and to other dangerous malware infections. Trojan-Ransom.Cidox is also part of a ransomware attack which encrypts the victim's files and then forces the victim to pay a ransom in order to gain back control of their own files. Since Trojan-Ransom.Cidox basically takes the victim's computer hostage, PC security researchers refer to malware similar to Trojan-Ransom.Cidox as ransomware. ESG malware analysts recommend using a reliable anti-malware tool that is fully updated in order to restore your computer's full functionality and to remove Trojan-Ransom.Cidox and other malware associated with Trojan-Ransom.Cidox from your computer system. Because malware rarely attacks alone, the presence of Trojan-Ransom.Cidox on your computer almost certainly points to additional malware being present on your system. This is why automated removal is preferred to attempting to remove Trojan-Ransom.Cidox manually. In fact, even computer experts and professionals tend to prefer anti-virus applications than manually deleting a malware attacker and restoring any dangerous changes Trojan-Ransom.Cidox may have made to the infected computer system.
Protecting Yourself from Trojan-Ransom.Cidox
Unlike viruses or worms, Trojan-Ransom.Cidox is not able to spread on its own. Trojans, by their very definition, require the help of another malware infection or of the victims themselves in order to infiltrate a computer system. This characteristic is what gives malware like Trojan-Ransom.Cidox their name, derived from the Trojan Horse from Homer's Iliad. Much like the Trojan Horse, which required the Trojans to open the gates and was filled with soldiers, Trojans like Trojan-Ransom.Cidox require the victim to download or execute them and deliver a payload. However, rather than soldiers, Trojan-Ransom.Cidox's payload is composed of malicious scripts that encrypt the user's files and display a menacing message demanding payment of a ransom. Because of Trojans' particular characteristics, the best way to protect yourself from Trojan-Ransom.Cidox is to be smart when browsing the Internet. Security software can only do so much to protect you since most Trojans are spread through social engineering and, essentially, fooling their victims. Some helpful guidelines that may aid you in preventing a Trojan-Ransom.Cidox Trojan infection include avoiding opening unsolicited email attachments, never clicking on unknown links, fully researching all new software before downloading and installing it and generally staying away from websites that are classified as insecure (such as pornographic websites or web pages containing illegal material).