Paymen45 is a file-encrypting virus that blocks its victims’ most valuable files using a nearly unbreakable encryption algorithm. The goal of Paymen45 is to force you to send money to its creators by keeping your data inaccessible until the payment is made.
Currently, the category of viruses known as Ransomware (to which Paymen45 belongs) is very widespread and popular among the different kinds of Internet criminals. Their purpose is simple – to extort money from as many people as possible by using the victims’ inability to access their most important data as leverage.
Even if not everyone is willing (or able) to pay the ransom, the profits made by this type of malware are still significant. One of the main contributing factors to the high effectiveness of this virus category is the fact that there is no universal way of dealing with such a threat once it has already entered the computer and encrypted the targeted files. Sadly, even the most advanced and modern antivirus solutions can do little against the encryption used by the Ransomware once it has already been applied to the victims’ files. Also, even before the files get encrypted, most conventional antivirus tools seem to fail at detecting the Ransomware. This could partially be due to the non-harmful nature of the encryption process in the sense that it doesn’t really damage the user’s files or anything else on the computer for that matter.
The Paymen45 virus
The Paymen45 virus is an advanced form of malware capable of making most of its victims’ files unavailable through the use of data encryption. The Paymen45 virus can be found inside the attachments of spam emails or hiding behind fake online ads and update requests.
Another way Ransomware could find its way into your computer is if another malware program known as a backdoor Trojan helps it get there. Oftentimes, these two groups of malware work together, which further boosts their effectiveness. If a disguised Trojan that you’ve accidentally downloaded is used to deliver a Ransomware virus to your computer, it is also possible that the Trojan blocks your antivirus and also prevents you from installing a new security tool in order to make you unable to detect the Ransomware and/or stop it from locking your files.
The Paymen45 file encryption
The Paymen45 file encryption is the process that enables the hackers behind this virus to ensure that none of your files can be accessed. The Paymen45 file encryption has a corresponding decryption key that is different for each computer.
Obviously, the goal of the criminals is to make you pay for that key. However, we advise against doing so due to the possibility of still not receiving the key after you’ve sent your money to the criminals. A much wiser solution would be to try completing the removal guide we have on this page and then explore the alternative file-recovery suggestions we will offer you down below. While they may not work in all cases of Ransomware infections, they are free to try so it’s better to first opt for them and then, if they prove to be ineffective and if you are still adamant about doing everything in your power to restore your files, maybe consider the more radical option of the ransom payment.
How To Remove Paymen45 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.