During the last couple of years, website ransomware has become one of the most actively developing types of malware. After infamous fake anti-viruses, this it the second most prominent wave of malware that makes money by directly selling “malware removal” services to users of infected computers. But unlike fake anti-viruses, that were mostly harmless, and used as a social engineering technique to make people pay for removal of non-existing threats, ransomware is a much more serious beast. It doesn’t pretend to be a good guy. It actually makes your computer unusable unless you pay the ransom.
So what happened? Why don’t we see large scale fake anti-virus campaigns any more while ransomware is all the rage? I guess the answer is the payment method.