The article presents detailed information about Prandel virus as well as a step-by-step guide on how to remove malicious files from the infected system and how to potentially recover encrypted files.
Prandel virus is a vicious malware that corrupts computer systems in order to encrypt personal files and blackmail victims into paying ransom to hackers. The virus was identified as a strain of STOP ransomware. Since Prandel is designed to encode target files with the help of a strong cipher algorithm, it leaves them inaccessible. Encrypted files could be recognized by the specific extension .prandel which is appended to their names. At the end of the attack, Prandel virus displays a message that presents instructs on how to proceed with a ransom payment process. This message could be found in _readme.txt file stored on the desktop.
|Short Description||A version of the STOP/DJVU ransomware that is designed to encrypt valuable files stored on infected computers and then extort a ransom from victims.|
|Symptoms||Important files are encrypted and renamed with the extension .prandel|
A ransom message forces victims to contact hackers in order to receive instructions on how to pay a ransom ($490 – $980).
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails; Email Attachments; Corrupted Websites; Software Installers|
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
Prandel Files Virus – Update August 2019
The good news for all victims of STOP Prandel ransomware is that the security researcher Michael Gillespie found weaknesses in the code of this variant and released an updated version of his STOP ransomware decrypter.
So the moment you remove all malicious files and objects from your infected system you can enter our data recovery guide where you will find a download link for the free Prandel decryption tool and learn how to proceed with the decryption process.
Have in mind that the tool is designed to support specific offline IDs, so it may not be effective for all occasions of Prandel virus ransomware infections.
Prandel Virus (STOP Ransomware) – More About the Infection
Prandel virus is very likely to be yet another strain of one of the most popular ransomware threats dubbedSTOP. One of the main characteristics of STOP ransomware strains like Prandel is that they prevent users from accessing valuable data stored on their infected computers.
Currently, the infection may be spread via frequently used techniques like spam emails, email attachments, hacked web pages, and corrupted freeware installers.
Sings of infection with this virus are corrupted files locked with the .prandel extension and the text file _readme.txt Additionally, the ransomware may be loaded automatically every time the infected system is started. Since this nasty side effect signifies for malicious entries in the Registry editor, we recommend that it should be cleaned from values created by Prandel virus.
Here is what Prandel virus’ ransom message is likely to state:
Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
You can get and look video overview decrypt tool:
Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that’s price for you is $490.
Please note that you’ll never restore your data without payment.
Check your e-mail “Spam” or “Junk” folder if you don’t get answer more than 6 hours.
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Security experts advise against paying the ransom. On one hand, this will only encourage cybercriminals to keep spreading their malware. On the other hand, the decryption tool may be unable to restore .prandel files.
How to Remove Prandel Virus
The so-called Prandel virus is a threat with a highly complex code that disrupts system security in order to encrypt personal files. Hence the infected system could be used in a secure manner again only after the complete removal of all malicious files and objects created by Prandel ransomware. That’s why all steps presented in the Prandel virus removal guide below should be completed. Beware that the manual ransomware removal is suitable for more experienced computer users. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps navigate to the automatic part of the guide.
How to Recover .prandel Files
There are several alternative methods that may be efficient for the recovery of .prandel files. They could be found under Step 5 from our Prandel ransomware removal guide. Beware that you all encrypted files should be copied and saved on an external drive. This additional step will prevent the permanent loss of encrypted .prandel files.