Definition: Ransomware is malware that holds a computer, its data or a particular function "hostage" until a ransom is paid. Usually, a credit card number or wire transfer is sent to the criminal that has taken control of your computer. In exchange for the fee, they will give you a password to unlock your computer or send you a program to remove the ransomware.
Also Known As: Cryptovirus, cryptotrojan, cryptoworm
Alternate Spellings: Ransomeware
Common Misspellings: Ransomeware
Examples:My personal computer was infected with ransomware and I had to pay one hundred dollars to unlock my data.