What is BadEncript Ransomware?
BadEncript Ransomware is a new malicious threat that may infiltrate your operating system and take some of your beloved files hostage. Just like in the case of all its predecessors in this “silent but deadly” category, including Asn1 Ransomware, Hackerman Ransomware, and Clock.Win32 Ransomware, this malware infection is also about extorting money from its victims in return for alleged file recovery. However, quite sadly, this recovery rarely becomes reality. Most users fail to get anything for their money. We cannot claim that this ransomware never delivers as promised, but there is another factor you should consider before paying the ransom fee: If you support cyber criminals, they can go on with their online crimes. Another possibility is that while you organize the money transfer, these criminals may need to shut down their server, which would result in your losing the chance to decrypt your files. All in all, our malware specialists at Anti-Spyware-101.com believe that it is best if you remove BadEncript Ransomware from your system immediately after noticing it.
Where does BadEncript Ransomware come from?
Although our research could not yet confirm the actual distribution method, based on our experience, it is most likely that you infect your computer with this dangerous ransomware threat via spam e-mails. Crooks seem to prefer this method to spread their infections because it is still quite easy to trick unsuspecting computer users into opening an e-mail and downloading the attached file. Years ago spam mails were quite easy to spot and recognize. However, this has changed as cyber criminals have evolved and started to use misleading and convincing tactics that may also fool your spam filter. This is how it could be possible to find such a spam e-mail in your inbox instead of the spam folder. As a matter of fact, these mails can be so efficient sometimes that even in the spam folder you would feel inclined to click on it to see its content.
The first thing you may notice about such a spam is that the sender may appear to be totally legitimate; an office worker from a well-known company, or a representative from the local authorities. This would make you feel like this could be an important mail. Then you see the subject, which, again, is very convincing as it usually touches on issues that may be related to anyone, such as issues with provided credit card or banking information, problems with a hotel booking, and the urgency of an unsettled invoice. However, when you open this spam, you will not get any closer or deeper information about the alleged important situation; you will be most likely lead to believe that you need to download and view the attached file. This attachment is unfortunately a malicious executable file that may pose as an image of a supposed invoice or a text document with macro. Be aware that if you save this file and run it, you actually initiate this attack. It is important to realize that when you delete BadEncript Ransomware, your files will have already been encrypted. Therefore, deleting this ransomware does not wholly resolve your issues.
How does BadEncript Ransomware work?
This vicious program claims to use the AES-256 algorithm to encrypt your files. Unlike most other ransomware programs, this infection seems to mainly target your photos that are located on your desktop. It is also possible, though that it might affect other locations and other file types as well. Our malware specialists say that this program is written in .Net programming language. All the affected files get a new, “.bript” extension. This infection drops a ransom note file, “More.html,” on your desktop, which contains some instructions about the payment and what to do to get your files back.
Once the encryption is over, which could take around 20 seconds, your display turns black and the first round of the ransom notes is displayed. This informs you about the fact of the encryption and that you have to transfer at least 0.1 BTC (currently 111 USD) to a certain Bitcoin address that is only revealed with the rest of the details if you click on the “More info” button. You are given 72 hours to comply with the demands. If your payment is done, you are supposed to press the “Check” button, and if your claim checks out, the decryption key is said to appear in the field automatically. Then, you just need to click on the “Decrypt” button to recover hopefully all your files.
The problem is that most of the time such crooks do not really bother to keep their word. This means that you might also lose this money on top of all your encrypted files. Although, this is totally your decision whether this amount is worth it for you to risk to get your files back, we still need to express our view that it is always best not to contact cyber criminals in any way, let alone support them with money. We suggest that you remove BadEncript Ransomware ASAP. Our specialists have also found that this version could be still in development state as the name of the executable (“BadEncriptMBR.exe”) suggests, which simply means a future version might be able to encrypt your MBR (Master Boot Record) as well. This could have devastating effects with regard to your operating system. All in all, you would be better off making sure that no more malware infections can sneak onto your system.
How can I delete BadEncript Ransomware?
As a matter of fact, it is not that difficult to eliminate this dangerous ransomware. But since its ransom note screen cannot be closed or exited normally, first of all, you need to kill the malicious process via Task Manager. Then, you can delete all the related files so that you can clean BadEncript Ransomware fully from your computer. Please follow our instructions below if you are ready to manually take care of this vicious program. If you are so lucky as to have a backup copy of your files on a removable drive, this is the moment when you can safely transfer them back to your PC. Since even such dangerous threats can easily slither onto your system if you let your guards down, maybe it is time for you to take better care of the defense of your virtual world and install a professional anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter.
Remove BadEncript Ransomware from Windows
- Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager.
- Click on the malicious process whose description is “BadEncript” and press End task.
- Exit Task Manager.
- Press Win+E.
- Locate the downloaded malicious executable file and delete it. This file could be in your default save folder, e.g., Desktop, Downloads, or %Temp%
- Locate “BadEncriptMBR.exe” that was dropped by the malicious file and bin it.
- Delete “More.html”, the ransom note file from your desktop.
- Empty your Recycle Bin.
- Restart your machine.
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