Damage Ransomware

What is Damage Ransomware?

Damage Ransomware is a serious threat that can slither into your operating system in a very treacherous manner. The file that launches this infection can be attached to a misleading spam email and introduced to you as a document or another inconspicuous-looking file. If you are tricked into opening this file, the ransomware is executed; most likely, without your notice. Needless to say, the encryption of your files begins shortly after that. According to our researchers at Anti-Spyware-101.com, this ransomware is most likely using the AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption algorithm to encrypt your personal files, and it has been used by Trump Locker Ransomware, Erebus 2017 Ransomware, and hundreds of other ransomware infections that we have talked about in different reports. Obviously, all of these threats must be deleted from the infected systems, but that is often easier said than done, and not because the task is difficult. Although it should be easy to remove Damage Ransomware, you have to decide the fate of your personal files first, and that might be the hardest decision.

How does Damage Ransomware work?

As you must already understand, Damage Ransomware was created to take your money. This infection is not capable of stealing your money, but it can force you into giving it up yourself. When the ransomware encrypts your files, it goes after your documents, photos, and other important and valued files. If you have them backed up, you should have no hesitations about deleting the infection. However, if that is not the case, you might feel as if you have to be reliant on cyber criminals. As soon as they encrypt your files, a ransom note should be introduced to you. It might be shown using the main .exe file, or a new file (possibly a TXT or an HTML file) could be created to represent the demands. According to our research, one version of the ransom note file could be called “damage@india.com[*].txt” (* stands for your user name). The message in the file should also push you to email damage@india.com, but do not expect to have your files restored just because you agree to communicate with cyber criminals. As soon as you identify yourself, they will send you additional instructions, most likely, showing how to pay a ransom. This is why we do not think that many users will rush to delete Damage Ransomware right away.

All files that have the “.damage” extension attached to them were encrypted by Damage Ransomware. You should look at these files to see if they are truly valuable for you. If they are not – or, as we discussed already, if you have them backed up – you should eliminate the ransomware immediately. If your files are important to you, the first thing you should do is look into free file decryptors. Although the chances of you finding a decryptor that will work in your case are very slim, you should cross this solution off the list before you even think about paying the ransom requested by cyber criminals. It is most likely that the developer of Damage Ransomware will ask for a huge ransom, and you might be unable to pay it even if you want to. If you have enough to cover the ransom, think if you need to obey cyber criminals. Our malware analysts warn that it is possible that you will not get a decryptor even if you pay the ransom, and this is a risk that you must consider before you do anything.

How to remove Damage Ransomware

Whether or not you choose to pay the ransom and/or get your files decrypted, you have to delete Damage Ransomware from your Windows operating system. According to our research, this infection is most likely operated from one single file, the launcher. This is why the manual removal guide below is so straightforward. Of course, after you remove the infection, you need to install a trusted malware scanner to fully examine your operating system. If any leftovers of this ransomware are discovered, do not ignore them. Do not ignore third-party malware either. To prevent malware from slithering in in the future, consider using anti-malware software (if you install it, all threats will be erased automatically). Also, make sure to back up your files to ensure that you do not lose them if malicious infections attack in the future, or if your computer undergoes technical damages.

Removal Instructions

  1. Right-click and Delete the launcher .exe file.
  2. Right-click and Delete the ransom note file (e.g., damage@india.com[*].txt).
  3. Empty the Recycle Bin and then perform a full system scan.
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