What is Jigsaw Ransomware?
Have you been infected with Jigsaw Ransomware? If so, you are up for a nasty battle because this malicious infection is a rather cunning and annoying program. Luckily, there is a way to revert all the affected files back to normal, but you have to be careful about your actions while Jigsaw Ransomware is still on your computer because this program does all it can to push you into paying the ransom. In this article, we describe how this infection works, and then we provide manual removal instructions right at the bottom of the description. Your job right now is not to succumb to this threat and get rid of it immediately.
Where does Jigsaw Ransomware come from?
It is not clear yet how this infection manages to enter target computers, but usually ransomware programs have two main infection vectors. The most common distribution methods include spam email and exploit kits. For example, Jigsaw Ransomware might have arrived with some email message that looked like a notification from a legitimate financial agency. If you clicked the link on the message or opened the attachment, the chances are that you have been infected with the ransomware.
Also, you might have been redirected to a website that distributes this malicious product via an exploit kit. This happens when you land on a site that is exploited by cyber criminals, and usually has a malicious Flash exploit that redirects you to a malware-related website. These are just a few of the many methods how a ransomware application may slither into your system. The point is that Jigsaw Ransomware must have been installed when you were ignoring the basic safe web browsing measures, and now you have to deal with this dangerous application.
What does Jigsaw Ransomware do?
Our research shows that this ransomware program is a new type of application that exhibits disturbing infection symptoms. For the most part, ransomware apps just encrypt most of your files and then demand that you pay a ransom fee in order to decrypt those files. Jigsaw Ransomware takes one step further in terrorizing you. To make sure that you will definitely pay the fee and you do not try to get rid of the application, the program says that it will delete a bunch of your files every hour you stall before paying the ransom. This is how the message on your screen reads when you get infected with Jigsaw Ransomware:
You have 24 hours to pay 150 USD in Bitcoins to get the decryption key.
Every hour file will be deleted. Increasing in amount every time.
After 72 hours all that are left will be deleted.
Needless to say, such threats are highly disturbing because at first inexperienced users may not even understand what is happening. Not to mention that paying the ransomware is not an option because the infection would remain on your computer, and there is a good chance that it will come back to terrorize you again. Therefore, do not be frightened by the countdown clock on your screen. What you have to do right now is get rid of this ransomware and get your files back.
How do I remove Jigsaw Ransomware?
It is possible to delete this ransomware manually, and we will give the exact removal instructions, but you should keep in mind that if you want to ensure your computer’s safety, it is for the best to invest in a licensed antispyware tool that would protect your system from similar threats. Not to mention that a powerful antispyware tool of your choice will help you delete all the remaining malicious files on your computer. Do not forget that Jigsaw Ransomware might have arrived with a number of other unwanted applications, and you surely would not want to have any of that on your PC, too!
There are free decryption tools for Jigsaw Ransomware on the Internet, and the ransomware does not block the Internet access, so you can get yourself such a tool without any difficulties. It is important to note that you should not try restarting your computer while the ransomware is still running because it may start deleting your files. Simply download the decryption tool, restore your files, and then delete the infection. If you find it hard to do on your own, we are always there to help you. Please do not hesitate to contact us by leaving a comment below.
Manual Jigsaw Ransomware Removal
- Press Win+R and type regedit into the Open box.
- Click OK and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
- Right click firefox.exe on the right pane of select Delete.
- Exit the Registry Editor.
- Press Win+R and enter %LOCALAPPDATA%. Click OK.
- Delete the Drpbx folder with its contents.
- Press Win+R and type %UserProfile% (if applicable). Click OK.
- Go to Local Settings, select Application Data and delete the Drpbx folder.
- Press Win+R again and type %APPDATA%. Click OK.
- Go to the System32Work folder and delete the following files:
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