What is Hidden-Peach Ransomware?
If your files were encrypted by Hidden-Peach Ransomware, you have faced the upgraded version of this malicious infection. The version analyzed by our Anti-Spyware-101.com malware researchers was not yet capable of encrypting personal files. In fact, this version of the threat only encrypted the files found in one specific folder that the ransomware created itself. Obviously, the infection is still in development, and its creator might come up with a version that is capable of successfully encrypting your files and demanding a huge ransom from you. If that has happened already, read this report before you make any uninformed decisions. Obviously, at the end of it all, removing Hidden-Peach Ransomware is crucial, but you might have to make a few important decisions before you eliminate this threat. The good news is that deleting this ransomware is quite easy. The bad news is that you might lose your personal files in the process. Also, other threats might be active on your operating system, and you might have to erase them as well.
How does Hidden-Peach Ransomware work?
Although the creator of Hidden-Peach Ransomware is unknown, our research team has found that this malicious infection might have been created by the cyber criminals who stand behind such threats as Payday Ransomware, Hollycrypt Ransomware, or GhostCrypt Ransomware. All of these ransomware threats were created using the Hidden Tear open source-code, and so it is also possible that different parties are responsible for them. Overall, it is unlikely that we will find out who stands behind this malware because cyber criminals are exceptionally clandestine, and they depend on their ability to conceal themselves. They manage to remain hidden even when they demand payments from you due to the methods that are employed. Of course, the developer of Hidden-Peach Ransomware will demand for a ransom fee only if your personal files are encrypted successfully. At this moment, this is impossible, but a ransom note might appear if the file encryption is enabled, in which case, all corrupted files should get the “.LCK” extension. A ransom note should include an email address that you might have to use to receive more information regarding the ransom payment.
What happens if Hidden-Peach Ransomware encrypts your files? In this case, a complex algorithm must be used to encrypt your personal files. The so-called public key is used for the encryption, and you need the private key to enable decryption. Of course, cyber criminals can ensure that this key is stored on a remote server to prevent you from accessing it for free. The Goal behind Hidden Tear ransomware is to make you pay incredible sums of money for the decryption of your files. The problem here is that even though cyber crooks might promise to decrypt your files once you pay the ransom, no one can guarantee that the promises will be kept. Therefore, before you resort to paying the fee, we suggest checking your backups and looking into third-party decryption tools first. In the best case scenario, of course, your personal files are backed up, and you can recover them without having to deal with cyber criminals at all.
How to delete Hidden-Peach Ransomware
It is difficult to discuss the removal of Hidden-Peach Ransomware, considering that this infection is not fully formed yet, and it is possible that it will evolve in unpredictable ways. All in all, it is most likely that you will need to find and delete the main .exe file (the file you are likely to download from a corrupted spam email) to have the ransomware eliminated successfully. The elimination of this threat is unlikely to cause many troubles because its creators did not need to put in a lot of effort of hiding it. As long as your files are encrypted, you are unlikely to push the removal of this threat, especially since that does not automatically recover your personal files. So, before you erase the infection, you have to think carefully about your situation and, possibly, look for ways out without having to pay for the decryption key. Also, after you eliminate the threat, you should think carefully about further protection. If you do not back up your files and, most important, employ anti-malware software, your personal files might fall at risk again.
- Right-click and Delete the malicious launcher.
- Right-click the recycle bin and select Empty Recycle Bin.
- Perform a full system scan to check for potential leftovers, as well as other threats.
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