What is Bart Ransomware?
Have you paid the fee requested by Bart Ransomware developers, but your personal files are still locked? Unfortunately, this is a risk that every user who chooses to follow the demands faces. The problem is that many users do not see another option. The ransomware silently corrupts personal files by adding every single one of them to a unique password-protected ZIP archive. In order to access the file corrupted by this threat, you need the password, and the only way to get it – at this point – is by paying the ransom. Having said that, paying the ransom is the last thing we recommend because you might lose your money for no good reason. On top of that, the ransom requested by this threat is ridiculously big, and it is questionable if many users would be capable of paying it even if they wanted to. We are sure that you want to delete Bart Ransomware from your operating system right now, but the situation is not that simple, and the removal of malware is not something that fixes the problem.
How does Bart Ransomware work?
Bart Ransomware hides within spam emails as an inconspicuous attachment that you might believe to be an interesting photograph within a ZIP file archive, such as photo.zip or image.zip. The moment you open this file, the ransomware is launched, and the corruption of your files begins. Unconventionally, this threat uses a password to lock your files instead of encrypting them using AES, RSA, or other encryption systems widely used by other popular ransomware infections. With more and more authentic tools providing users with decryption services, ransomware developers are looking for new ways to steal users’ money. In fact, the creator of this ransomware is associated with the Locky Ransomware, and this infection was based on the AES encryption. Another threat associated with this creator is Dridex, which is a malicious Trojan capable of stealing data. It is possible that your operating system is infected with other threats, not just ransomware, and we advise inspecting it with a trusted malware scanner as soon as possible. This might help you determine your plan of action.
If you go offline, the malicious Bart Ransomware will still be able to lock your personal files as it does not initiate the corruption by communicating with remote servers. Now, if you live in Russia, Ukraine, or Belarus, the infection will not initiate malicious activity; however, if you live anywhere outside of these countries, or your operating system language is different, this threat will immediately start placing your personal files in ZIP archives and adding passwords to them. It is easy to discover which files are locked by this threat as they gain the ".bart.zip" extension. If you remove this extension, the file will remain locked, and so this is not a solution. Once your files are locked with a password, your wallpaper is replaced with an image listing all of the demands by the creators of the ransomware. Additionally, recover.bmp and recover.txt files are created to represent the same demands. These files can be located on the Desktop. After a successful attack, Bart Ransomware removes itself, which is a good thing, considering that you will not need to worry about finding and deleting ransomware components.
Although this ransomware avoids system files and apps that can be replaced, it corrupts all of the most personal files, such as documents, photos, and music and video files. If you do not have them backed up, you might have to come to terms with the fact that they are lost for good. As mentioned already, paying the ransom is risky. Furthermore, this ransom might rise to several thousand of dollars (~2 or 3 Bitcoins).
How to delete Bart Ransomware
As you now know, you do not need to remove Bart Ransomware because it eliminates itself automatically once your personal files are locked successfully. If you decide to pay the ransom – which is not something we advise due to the risks involved – all you will have to do is replace the wallpaper image and delete the recover.bmp and recover.txt files. If you do not pay the ransom, you will also want to erase the corrupted files, as they serve no purpose. Of course, it is possible that, in the future, a master key will be released, in which case, you might be able to restore your files. Needless to say, the chances of this happening are very slim. Once you clean your system, you need to implement trusted anti-malware software as soon as possible to prevent the attacks of other malicious infections.
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