Reports of a new ransomware have increased, going by the name of [email protected] since this is the sole piece of info that is published by the attacker(s). Users claim that this type of malware encrypted their files with a particular name that includes the upper mentioned contact address to possibly decrypt them. Such programs may situate various files in different locations on the PC that may monitor the user’s activities.
[email protected] – What Does It Do to Files?
Unlike other ransomware, such as CryptoWall 3.0 and Rector, this threat may encrypt user files of all formats (jpeg, doc, txt, avi, mp3) and is reported to not have any type of messages associated. Instead, users believe that it changes the filename to something, like “filename.xxx.xx-
Usually, the files themselves are locked with a high level of encryption with open source algorithms. It is usually difficult to restore them manually, but it may not be impossible.
Ransomware attacks such as these may be conducted via several different methods, main of which might be:
→-MITM(Man in The Middle) attacks.
-Spoof Emailing – Email, carrying a name of someone trustworthy to the user along with a malicious file, attached to it.
Even though these are the most widely distributed methods, Cyber Criminals continue to develop new ones and with time, become even smarter. Ransomware infections are mostly done in the form of targeted attacks. But this does not mean that you can`t get infected by simply opening a malicious file from an unknown third-party web page.
Once the user PC has been infected, the ransomware begins to deploy various files of different formats (.exe, .dll) in the system32, AppData and other critical File Explorer locations on Windows. They also may create values in the system registry, possibly with the purpose of granting attackers complete control over the user’s every move on this computer.
Usually, addresses such as this one are the attackers addresses, and they may provide further instructions on what actions to take to decrypt the files. It may involve a large sum of money in exchange for ‘decyphering’ their records. It is important to not follow any instructions and not obey to the cyber-criminals’ terms since there is no guarantee that your files may be restored this way.
How to Remove [email protected] Ransomware?
Usually, removing a ransomware and decrypting the files manually involves a lot of headaches and an enormous amount of time invested. This is why experts advise to download and scan your computer with a professional anti-malware scanning program that will delete all traces of it from the computer and ensure the future safety of the PC information. Important, for Windows users, is to make sure you follow the step-by-step guide below to enable Windows File Defense feature, in case you lack it on your machine.
To insure yourself from future ransomware attacks, (For Windows Users), you should follow these steps to enable the Windows defense feature that can backup and restore your files to their previous state.
To fix your PC and protect it, you should:
1) Download individual anti-malware program, scan and remove the ransomware trojan from your PC.
2) Right-Click on My Computer and then click on Properties.
3) Click on Advanced System Settings.
4) Click on System Protection.
5) Click on the hard drive partition that you want to protect.
6) Click on Configure and then click on ‘Turn On System Protection.’
7) Click on OK and you are ready
Now that you have system protection turned on, in case something happens with your files, you shall succeed in restoring them, using these steps:
1) Right-Click on the encrypted file then click Properties.
2) Click on ‘Previous Versions.’
3) You should see an earlier version of the file with a date on which the file was last modified.
4) Click on the file and then click on down right button that says ‘Restore.’
In case your files were previously encrypted, the program may remain active on your computer. This is why it is highly recommended to scan the system with a special anti – malware removal tool to eradicate malicious objects.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter