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You may be familiar with an emerging threat where cyber thieves encrypt all the files on your hard drive (and network shares) , and demand a ransom payment in exchange for the key that will restore your files [1].  I read recently about just such an attack that uses ads displayed on legitimate web pages.  When clicked, the ads will redirect visitors to a site that attempts to exploit unpatched versions of Adobe’s Flash software , and install the encryption malware on your computer.

In such a scenario, the antivirus will not protect your system or your information.