This article will help you to remove the .data File Virus (Jigsaw) fully. Follow the ransomware removal instructions given at the end of the article.
The .data File Virus is a part of the Jigsaw ransomware family. The cryptovirus uses the source code of the original one to a great extent. Jigsaw has a list with around 126 file extensions that seeks to encrypt. All of the files which will get encrypted will receive the extension .data appended to them. Afterward, a ransom note message will be displayed demanding a ransom sum for a supposed file restoration. The ransom note is written in French.
|Name||.data File Virus (Jigsaw)|
|Short Description||The ransomware will encrypt your files and display a screen with the ransom note, which is written in the French language.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will encrypt files by placing the .data extension to all of them.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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.data File Virus (Jigsaw) – Spread
Jigsaw ransomware could infect computers using different methods for spreading that infection. Spam e-mails could be spreading its payload dropper. Those types of emails will try to convince you that something important is attached as a file to that e-mail. In actuality, the attachment will look like a legitimate document or one that is archived, but it is a file containing a malicious script. If you open that file, it will launch the payload for the ransomware. You can preview the analysis of one such file on the VirusTotal service:
Jigsaw ransomware might be using other methods for spreading, like putting the payload file dropper via social media and file-sharing sites. Freeware applications which roam the Internet could be presented as useful but also could hide the malicious files of this virus. Refrain from opening files after you download them, especially if they come from unverified sources, such as links and e-mails. First, you should scan these files with a security tool, and also make sure to check their sizes and signatures for anything that seems unusual. You should read the ransomware preventing tips topic in the forum.
.data File Virus (Jigsaw) – Overview
The Jigsaw ransomware ransomware virus keeps on appearing on the radar of malware researchers. When the Jigsaw virus is executed, it will modify an existing entry in the Windows Registry or create a new one to achieve persistence. That registry entry makes the malware to automatically execute with each boot of the Windows operating system. Afterward, your files will get encrypted, and receive the same extension.
What comes next is a window popping up on your screen that shows the picture of a black background with the ransom message instructions. The ransom note is written entirely in French.
You can preview the GUI window in the following screenshot:
The ransom note message is written in French and is shown right down here:
Jigsaw (.data File Virus) tries to manipulate to paying a ransom sum, by stating that it will delete files from your PC every hour until you pay and there is nothing else that you can do to prevent that. But you should NOT under any circumstances pay the ransom sum. Supporting cybercriminals is a bad idea as that will only motivate them to do more criminal acts.
.data File Virus (Jigsaw) – Encryption
A decrypter tool might be made to decrypt files locked by this ransomware threat in the near future.
In case the cryptovirus follows the encryption process of the original ransomware, the list with 126 file extensions that will become encrypted will look like the following:
→.3dm, .3g2, .3gp, .7zip, .aaf, .accdb, .aep, .aepx, .aet, .ai, .aif, .as, .as.txt, .as3, .asf, .asp, .asx, .avi, .bmp, .c, .class, .cpp, .cs, .csv, .dat, .db, .dbf, .doc, .docb, .docm, .docx, .dot, .dotm, .dotx, .dwg, .dxf, .dxf.c, .efx, .eps, .fla, .flv, .gif, .h, .idml, .iff, .indb, .indd, .indl, .indt, .inx, .jar, .java, .jpeg, .jpg, .js, .m3u, .m3u8, .m4u, .max, .mdb, .mid, .mkv, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .mpa, .mpeg, .mpg, .msg, .pdb, .pdf, .php, .plb, .pmd, .png, .pot, .potm, .potx, .ppam, .ppj, .pps, .ppsm, .ppsx, .ppt, .pptm, .pptx, .prel, .prproj, .ps, .psd, .py, .ra, .rar, .raw, .rb, .rtf, .sdf, .ses, .sldm, .sldx, .sql, .svg, .swf, .tif, .txt, .vcf, .vob, .wav, .wma, .wmv, .wpd, .wps, .xla, .xlam, .xll, .xlm, .xls, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xlt, .xltm, .xltx, .xlw, .xml, .xqx, .zip
The list with the file extensions for encryptions will be updated with if new information is found about it. The encrypted files will have the .data extension appended to them, after their file name.
The Jigsaw ransomware could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
In case the command stated above is executed that would make the encryption process even more efficient as it will eliminate one of the possible ways for restoring your data. If your computer machine was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially recover your data.
Remove Jigsaw Ransomware and Restore .data Files
If your computer got infected with the Jigsaw ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.