RansomwareÂ is malware which encrypts your files until you pay a ransom to the hackers. â€œClopâ€ is one of the latest and most dangerous ransomware threats. Itâ€™s a variant of the well-known CryptoMix ransomware, whichÂ frequently targets Windows users.
Before beginning the encryption process, the Clop ransomware blocks over 600 Windows processes andÂ disables multiple Windows 10 applications,Â includingÂ Windows DefenderÂ and Microsoft Security EssentialsÂ â€” leaving you with zero chance of protecting your data.
The Clop ransomware has evolved since its inception, nowÂ targeting entire networksÂ â€” not just individual devices. Even the Maastricht University in the Netherlands became a victim of the Clop ransomware, with almost all Windows devices on the universityâ€™s network being encrypted and forced to pay a ransom.