What is Pickles Ransomware?
If you have not taken care of your operating system’s protection, all kinds of malicious infections could invade it. Pickles Ransomware is one of the most destructive threats that you could face. Although it does not damage your computer and it does not remove system files, it can permanently encrypt your personal files, such as photos or important documents. Although the creator of this ransomware provides its victims with an opportunity to decrypt their files, it is extremely risky to get involved and trust their promises. Unfortunately, it does not look like there is a way to decrypt the files in another way. The thing is that once your files are encrypted using the AES encryption algorithm, only a special decryption password can help you out. Where is this password? It is probably stored on some remote server. How can you get it? At the moment, the only way to get it is by following the instructions presented by cyber criminals, and that, as we mentioned already, is extremely risky. Keep reading to learn all about the situation and how to delete Pickles Ransomware.
How does Pickles Ransomware work?
Pickles Ransomware looks like a unique infection. While there are plenty of infections that look very similar and work in the same ways (e.g., Wisperado@india.com Ransomware and Damage Ransomware), this one was coded in Python, and it operates in a funny way. Of course, the sample that our Anti-Spyware-101.com researchers have tested is in its primary stages, and it is quite possible that this threat will evolve. At the moment, it is set up to encrypt personal files and rename them. 30 random numbers and letters replace the regular name, and the “.EnCrYpTeD” extension is attached at the end. If you are completely confused about the files that were encrypted, the list represented via encrypted.txt might help you. Needless to say, the most important file that Pickles Ransomware uses is a TXT file called “READ_ME_TO_DECRYPT.txt”, but it is unlikely that the information represented via it is real. If this infection is fully developed and spread, certain pieces of data are likely to be modified. For example, the Bitcoin Address, the email address, and the identification code are all likely to be fake at this stage. If we come across a legitimate sample, we will update this report to provide you with more specific details.
At the moment, the ransom file – READ_ME_TO_DECRYPT.txt – used by Pickles Ransomware informs that you need a special password to decrypt your files. It is suggested that you can get this password only after you transfer 1 BTC (~1200 USD) to the presented Bitcoin Address and then confirm the payment by sending a special identification code to the presented email address. 72 hours are given to make the payment. Allegedly, once you receive the password, you should be able to initiate the decryption process by entering the password to a file called to_decrypt.py. Is Pickles Ransomware trustworthy? Of course, it is not because it was developed by cyber criminals! We cannot ensure that the password would be presented to you if you paid the huge ransomware, and so we do not recommend following the demands. But what should you do if your files are encrypted, and you have no other way of recovering them? If you are willing to take the risk, make sure you consider the possibility of blowing your money.
How to delete Pickles Ransomware
There probably is not need to explain why Pickles Ransomware is considered a highly dangerous threat. This is why we advise employing an automated malware remover to get rid of it. At the moment, it is not know how this threat spreads, and since there is a possibility that more clandestine malware might have downloaded it, a reliable anti-malware tool can be of great help. Even better, this software can take care of your system’s protection once it is cleaned. What about manual Pickles Ransomware removal? It is possible to delete this devious threat using the instructions below, but you have to be able to identify the launcher file. If you are unable to do that, you can try using a malware scanner, but we suggest sticking with the automatic removal option.
- Right-click the launcher file (random name and random location).
- Select Delete.
- Delete the ransom note file called READ_ME_TO_DECRYPT.txt (on Desktop).
- Delete the file representing paths to encrypted files called encrypted.txt (on Desktop).
- Delete the file named to_decrypt.py (on Desktop).
- Clean the recycle bin by clicking Empty Recycle Bin.
- Install a legitimate and trustworthy malware scanner to determine if your PC is clean.
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