.Fair is a virus program based on ransomware, used for money extortion purposes. .Fair’s criminal developers set it up to encrypt user files so they can claim a ransom payment for the decryption key.
All sorts of digital data that is stored on the infected computer can become encrypted if .Fair infects you. As soon as the computer is compromised, the ransomware virus will start looking for text documents, video and audio files, images, databases and other commonly used files with the intention of encoding them all. The final result of the attack is that the victims will be left with a bunch of completely unrecognizable pieces of data that are present on the hard drive but cannot be opened or used in any way. The file extension of the encrypted files may be replaced with a suffix that is unusual and unreadable by any program.
What’s common for the representatives of the ransomware malware group is that they only work in secrecy during the process of file encryption. Once this process is complete and the required data becomes inaccessible, the virus places a message that alerts the victims that their files have been encrypted. On top of that, .Fair demands a ransom for decrypting them. .Fair’s notification usually provides instructions on how to transfer the ransom money to a given cryptocurrency wallet. The hackers behind the ransomware promise to submit a decryption key in exchange for the money. This decryption key is all you need to reverse the encryption that has been applied, and to regain access to your files. Paying the ransom is not the wisest course of action, though. In reality, this is the most risky thing the victims of .Fair can do, since you can never be sure that you will receive a decryption key from the hackers once you pay the money. Moreover, it is not worth taking the risk until you exhaust the alternative methods that may allow you to restore your files free of charge.
If you are interested in checking out some of the alternatives, we’ve listed some of them in the removal guide which you can find below. Having the ransomware removed is also very important if you want to use your computer as before and prevent the further encryption of files that have been recovered or newly created.
The .Fair virus
The .Fair virus is a ransomware infection that does not destroy user data but is feared by many people because it limits access to important digital files. The .Fair virus applies encryption to selected file types and keeps them inaccessible until the victim pays for a decryption key.
A ransomware threat like this one or like .Nobu, Weui, can remain effectively under the radar of most traditional antivirus programs because it does not cause real harm to the device it operates on. And since there is nothing that can trigger the virus definitions of the security software, the .Fair virus can secretly complete its agenda without being interrupted. In the end, the victim will only be notified about the attack with a ransom notification. This is why making file backups and storing them on remote disks or cloud storage is the best way to protect your data against these infections.
The .Fair file distribution
The .Fair file distribution is an arsenal of malware delivery techniques that are used to inject the ransomware on as many computers as possible. Cyber criminals commonly distribute the .Fair file via malvertisements, malicious links, spam and harmful email attachments.
Regardless of how you have caught the virus, it should be carefully removed from the system if you want to try any file-recovery methods and store data on your device without being encrypted.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
Remove .Fair Ransomware
You are dealing with a ransomware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to decrypt and recover your encrypted files (if it is currently possible).
You can find the removal guide here.