[email protected] is an extremely stealthy and nasty computer virus from the Ransomware type. It has been reported recently and it has already managed to infect quite an impressive number of computers. The cunning nature of this malware infection is based on a simple blackmailing method, which uses a special file encryption. [email protected] can secretly scan the infected computer for certain file types and encrypt all of the files on the hard-drive that belong to those data formats with a very complex and almost unbreakable encryption algorithm. In most of the cases, the Ransomware may add a different extension to the encrypted files in order to ensure that no software can recognize and open them. Once all the files are locked down, the malware will ask the victims to pay a ransom for their decryption. The hackers who have created this threat normally promise to send a decryption key which can bring the data back to normal, only to those who pay the required ransom. They normally set a deadline for the ransom payment, after which the required amount of money may double or the encryption code may get permanently deleted.
As an advanced form of Ransomware, [email protected] can attack all versions of Windows and, sadly, currently there is no universal protection against it. According to security researchers, the nasty infection spreads mostly with the help of Trojan horse transmitters, infected email attachments, fake ads, malicious links, torrent files, infected installers and illegal websites.
While present on the system, no file in the machine can be safe against the encryption. That’s why it is very important to remove the malware as soon as possible in order to make your machine safe for further use. It is very, very important that you do not connect any backup devices to your PC if [email protected] is still there as the files in them are likely to also get encrypted in such a case.
Keep in mind though, that even if the Ransomware is fully removed, the data that it has already managed to encrypt may not get liberated immediately and there is no guarantee about its future. You may need to take additional steps to recover it and that’s why, in the removal guide below, we have listed not only the steps to detect and remove [email protected], but also some suggestions regarding different file-recovery methods. It is a good idea to take a look at them before you consider the ransom payment as an option. The reason is, on the one hand, the steps below won’t cost you anything and, on the other hand, the likelihood of getting cheated by the hackers is oftentimes very high.
[email protected] is only aimed at taking your money!
The criminals behind [email protected] may try various persuasive methods in order to make you pay the ransom. They may tell you that this is the only way to save your data. They may threaten you or come up with another sneaky scheme just to make you send them your money. However, keep in mind that no matter how promising they may sound you cannot trust them that they will help you to recover your data. After all, they were the ones that encrypted it for blackmailing purposes. That’s why you should definitely research some alternative methods on how to remove the infection and save whatever files can be saved through the potential alternative solutions.
On this page, we can offer you a manual and automatic removal of the Ransomware, both of which are described in the removal guide above. If you have backup copies of your files somewhere on an external drive or a cloud, then you can use them as a recovery solution. Another option, if you don’t want to risk your money by sending them to some anonymous crooks is to search online for specialized Ransomware recovery software or contact a specialist for professional assistance.
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