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https://docs.microsoft.com/.../security/threat-protection/intelligence/ransomware-malware

Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts files and folders, preventing access to important files. Ransomware attempts to extort money from victims by asking for money, usually in form of cryptocurrencies, in exchange for the decryption key. But cybercriminals won't always follow through and unlock the files they encrypted.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/intelligence/criteria

Malware is the overarching name for applications and other code, like software, that Microsoft classifies more granularly as malicious software or unwanted software. Malicious software. Malicious software is an application or code that compromises user security. Malicious software may steal your personal information, lock your device until you ...

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/129972

If you see this kind of message, then don't download or buy the software. What is malware? Malware is a term that is used for malicious software that is designed to do damage or unwanted actions to a computer system.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/intelligence/...

Microsoft Safety Scanner is a scan tool designed to find and remove malware from Windows computers. Simply download it and run a scan to find malware and try to reverse changes made by identified threats. Download Microsoft Safety Scanner (32-bit) Download Microsoft Safety Scanner (64-bit)