What is .skymap files virus? How to remove it from infected PC? Can .skymap files be recovered?
There is a new STOP ransomware variant and it is called .skymap files virus. It has been spotted in the wild in active attack campaigns. The threat is designed to infect common computer systems in order to reach personal files stored on it and encodes them by applying sophisticated cipher algorithms. The ransomware appends the extension .skymap to files names to mark them as corrupted. At the end of the attack, the ransomware displays a ransom message that extorts ransom fee for files recovery.
Keep up with our guide and find out how to completely remove .skymap files virus from your infected PC. If you are looking for reliable data recovery solutions, you can also check the restore files step from the guide.
|Name||.skymap Files Virus|
|Short Description||Encrypts files on your computer and extorts a ransom fee for their recovery.|
|Symptoms||Important files are locked and renamed with .skymap extension. You see a ransom message that forces you to contact hackers for a decryption tool.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by .skymap Files Virus |
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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.|
.skymap Files Virus – Update June 2019
The good news for all victims of STOP .skymap ransomware is that the security researcher Michael Gillespie cracked 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 .skymap 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 .skymap ransomware infections.
.skymap Files Virus – How Does It Infect and What Does It Do?
The .skymap files virus has been identified as a strain ofSTOP ransomware. In fact, strains of the same threat have been circling around the web since the end of 2017. The good news is that many of them were decrypted by the security researcher Michael Gillespie. So it is very likely that he will soon manage to find a way to update his decrypter to support .skymap variant.
As reported by security researchers, the .skymap STOP ransomware has recently been released in active attack campaigns against computer users worldwide. The primary attack vector used by cyber criminals who stand behind .skymap operations is not known. However, they are likely to be using some well-known mechanisms that exploit both system and human vulnerabilities. Among these mechanisms, malspam is known to be the most preferred one.
Malspam is realized via spam email messages. These messages usually have common traits like file attachments that are presented as important documents, URL addresses that appear like in-text links, buttons, images, coupon offers, etc., and spoofed email senders and email addresses. The moment you open the file on your PC or load the link in the browser, the ransomware starts its attack.
Soon after .skymap files virus loads on the machine, it becomes able to establish and run additional malicious files. By doing this the ransomware disrupts system security, evades detection, corrupts major system components’ settings and sets the automatic load of malicious files on every system start.
Similar to the majority of data locker ransomware, .skymap primarily aims to find and encrypt certain personal files. Unfortunately, it is likely that all common files listed below are among the targets of this nasty ransomware:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
The main trait of an encrypted file is the extension .skymap that is appended to its name. Once a file gets encrypted by STOP .skymap ransomware, it becomes inaccessible. This is due to the fact that the threat is designed to transform the original code of target files with the help of sophisticated cipher algorithms like AES, RSA and Salsa 20. As a consequence, you are asked to pay hackers a ransom fee for a specific decryption tool. For the extortion, the threat drops a ransom message and loads it on your screen.
Beware that by paying the ransom you may still be unable to recover .skymap files. Cyber criminals may send you a broken decryptor. They may also neglect your messages and stop answering you.
Remove .skymap Files Virus and Restore Data
The so-called .skymap files virus is a threat with highly complex code that corrupts both system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your infected system in a secure manner again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, you could use our removal guide that reveals how to clean and secure your system step by step. In addition, in the guide, you will find several alternative data recovery approaches that may be helpful in attempting to restore .skymap files. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.
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