What is Project34 Ransomware?
Project34 Ransomware is a major attack against your personal files that was most likely designed initially to only target Russian speakers; however, our malware specialists at anti-spyware-101.com say that this dangerous ransomware was also spotted in other regions as well in March, 2017. When your PC gets hit by such a vicious program, it is possible that you will be unable to recover your most important files. This is why we keep emphasizing the importance of making regular backups on either cloud storage places or removable media. Of course, you always have the option to pay the ransom fee these cyber crooks demand from you for the recovery of your files, but, in reality, there is little chance that you will actually receive anything in exchange. If you want to be able to move on and use your PC safely, we advise you to remove Project34 Ransomware ASAP. For further details, please continue reading our article.
Where does Project34 Ransomware come from?
Our specialists have found that this vicious ransomware program comes from a hacker group that has created a number of similar threats last year ranging from the ones that could be cracked and decrypted to the severe ones that can leave great devastation behind. A lot of users are still not aware that they can easily infect their machine with such a nightmarish threat. In fact, it is enough for you to open a spam e-mail and run its attachment. But you can also click on unsafe third-party content when landing on file-sharing sites, and this could result in your downloading and activating Project34 Ransomware. Similarly, when you end up on a malicious website armed with an Exploit Kit, which means malicious Java or Flash code hidden in banners or other contents, you could infect your system with this ransomware just by simply loading this page if your browser or your drivers are not up-to-date. This can be avoided obviously if you keep your programs and drivers always updated.
Still, the most common way for you to get infected with this threat is via spam mails. We suggest that you be more alert whenever you find a questionable mail in your inbox or spam folder. Since such a fake mail can appear to come from the police, a well-known company, such as an Internet provider and a bank, you may consider opening it. The subject matter this spam may seemingly refer to is any issue with an urgent invoice (unpaid or problem with data) or a booking you supposedly may have made with the wrong banking details. These are general issues that few people could say no to when seeing them show up among other mails. Since saving and opening the attached file can lead to the activation of this ransomware, we advise you to think twice before doing so. The moment you realize that you must delete Project34 Ransomware from your system is usually the moment when all your files have been encrypted already.
What does Project34 Ransomware do?
This malicious program should use the usual AES-256 algorithm to encrypt your personal files and append a ".email@example.com" extension, which helps you identify this particular threat. It should also drop a Russian ransom note text file called "пароль.txt," which contains some basic information about this attack and what to do. In this note you are told to send an e-mail ("firstname.lastname@example.org") to contact these criminals and you are promised to get a response within the next 20 hours with the details of payment. As of yet we can only assume that the ransom fee amount can be anything between 0.1 to 1 Bitcoin, which is around 120 to 1,200 US dollars. If you are lucky, this fee can also be as low as 10 to 15 dollars when it is a work in progress or a trial run, which mostly hits former Soviet countries like the Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus.
This note also requires you to send your IP address using 2ip.ru to detect it; however, we advise you against it because giving up your IP address is not a good idea when it comes to crooks and this recommended site has also been reported to be malicious. We also do not advise you to pay whatever the amount is because you may not ever hear about these criminals. It is also possible that they send you a decryption key or a bundle that could cause further damage to your computer. If you care about your virtual security, we suggest that you remove Project34 Ransomware right now.
How can I delete Project34 Ransomware?
If you want to eliminate this dangerous threat yourself manually, we advise you to use the instructions we have prepared for you below. As a matter of fact, all you have to do is delete the suspicious files you have recently downloaded and can be associated with this attack. If you do not feel confident or skilled enough to do this, you can always go for a professional automated anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter. This security software can take care of all the mess this ransomware has caused on your system but keep in mind that this does not mean that your encrypted files will be usable again unless you find a free file recovery tool that can restore your files. When it comes to most ransomware attacks though it could be a portable drive that can only save you if it contains a recently saved backup of your important files.
Remove Project34 Ransomware from Windows
- Press Win+E to launch the File Explorer.
- Locate the malicious file you saved from the suspicious e-mail and bin it.
- Delete all suspicious files you have downloaded recently as well as "пароль.txt", the ransom note text file.
- Empty your Recycle Bin and restart your computer.
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