ThunderX is a representative of one of the worst categories of malware – the so-called file-locking ransomware viruses. The goal of ThunderX and other malware programs similar to it is to block the access to your data and then demand a ransom for its release.
This type of malware has now been around for some time and hackers have had the opportunity to perfect it and come up with more sophisticated methods of distributing it. Nowadays, ransomware threats like this one are oftentimes delivered in secret into the computers of their future victims with the help of disguised Trojan horse infections that exploit unknown and/or unpatched system vulnerabilities. The end result is that, by the time the user realizes their machine has been compromised, their data has already been made inaccessible with the help of the advanced encryption algorithm used by the virus. To make matters even worse, the encryption used by most modern ransomware viruses are way too advanced for any conventional decrypting software to break. Usually, the only way to remove the encryption from the locked files is by using the matching decryption key which, of course, is held by the hackers who want you to pay a ransom to get it from them.
The ThunderX virus
The ThunderX virus is a dangerous file-targeting type of malware designed to prevent you from accessing any of your most valuable files. The idea behind the ThunderX virus is to force you to pay money to its creators who will (supposedly) allow you to access your files.
For users who don’t keep any sensitive or important files on their computers that they cannot afford to lose, an attack from a ransomware virus wouldn’t be so devastating. The same can be said about those who have set up a backup location for their data and who make sure to update it regularly. However, in practice, it seems that most people do not fall in either of these two categories of users and instead do indeed have sensitive files stored on their machines without a proper backup for said files.
This is what makes ransomware attacks so devastating – they have the potential to “destroy” years’ worth of work, studies, or memories. This is why, when faced with such a virus, most users tend to despair and, if they can afford it, go for the ransom payment. It is important, though, to not act out of desperation and immediately pay the money because, in many cases, this may simply result in you losing a substantial sum without really getting what you need – the key for decrypting your files.
The ThunderX file encryption
The ThunderX file encryption is a complex procedure that renders your files inaccessible and that can only be reversed using the corresponding decryption key. However, the ThunderX file encryption may be circumvented via some alternative file-recovery techniques if you are lucky.
Before we show you some examples of such techniques, however, we advise you to complete the removal instructions posted below as it is important to first remove the ransomware before you try to recover any data or else any files you may manage to restore could get encrypted by the virus all over again.
Remove ThunderX 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.