What is Netflix Ransomware?
Netflix Ransomware is a threat that can be concealed as a free Netflix account generator. Netflix is one of the most popular video streaming services in the world, but it costs money, and, undoubtedly, some users might try to get around that. Unsurprisingly, cyber criminals are now exploiting the demand to spread malware. The fake account generator could be promoted via bogus websites designed specifically for that purpose, or it could be promoted via spam email. According to Anti-Spyware-101.com research team, most ransomware infections – including Jew Crypt Ransomware and Crypto1coinblocker Ransomware – are spread via corrupted spam emails. If you execute the launcher expecting it to generate a free Netflix account for you, a malicious ransomware is executed instead (the provided account details are bogus). Right after that, the encryption of your personal files should start, and if that happens, you might find yourself following the demands of cyber criminals. Keep reading to learn more about these demands and how to remove Netflix Ransomware.
How does Netflix Ransomware work?
At this moment, it appears that there is a problem with the C&C server linked to Netflix Ransomware, due to which the infection was not capable of encrypting any files when we tested it. Regardless, this infection might have the potential to encrypt your personal files and then demand for a ransom fee. When the threat introduces you to ransom demands, the first thing you need to do is check the damage. In the best case scenario, you will realize that the threat did not encrypt any of your files, and paying the ransom is simply unnecessary. If you find that you files were encrypted (you cannot open them and, maybe, an additional extension is attached to them), you should not rush to delete Netflix Ransomware. Although we strongly recommend removing this threat as soon as possible, you need to figure out what you want to do first because you do not want to lose the option of potentially decrypting your personal data. Having said that, our research team does not advise paying the ransom because that might be futile.
After Netflix Ransomware is done encrypting your files, it should create a JPG file under %USERPROFILE%. This file should be set as your Desktop wallpaper to bring your attention to the file called “Instructions.txt”. This TXT file should be created on the Desktop, and the message it carries is meant to push you into paying the ransom. According to the message, your personal data was encrypted using the AES 256 algorithm, and you are expected to pay a ransom of 100 USD in Bitcoins via the provided page. At the time of research, this page did not work, which means that paying the ransom is impossible. Needless to say, if Netflix Ransomware manages to encrypt your files, but the payment site is unreachable, you are in quite a predicament. Hopefully, that will not happen to you. In general, it is crucial to always back up the most important files because there are plenty of infections that can corrupt them. Furthermore, physical computer damage could also lead to the loss of your files. If you get your files backed up, none of this will scare or affect you.
How to remove Netflix Ransomware
If the suspicious Netflix Ransomware has managed to encrypt your files, you might have no other option but to pay the ransom (that is if the payment site works). Despite this, we cannot advise paying the ransom even if you are desperate because we have seen plenty of ransomware threats that take the money but give nothing in return. So, if you do not want to be scammed out of your money, you have to think if paying the ransom is the right thing to do. Hopefully, even if this threat slithers in, your files remain unharmed, and you can delete Netflix Ransomware without any consequences. We always suggest using anti-malware software when it comes to ransomware because other threats might be active and because you need to protect your operating system as soon as possible. If you want to get rid of this threat manually, this is the guide you need to follow.
- Find the malicious launcher (e.g., Netflix generator), right-click it, and choose Delete.
- Launch Windows Explorer by tapping Win+E keys.
- Enter %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\ into the bar at the top.
- Right-click and Delete the folder named screentogif (should contain a malicious .exe file).
- Enter %USERPROFILE% into the bar at the top.
- Right-click and Delete the JPG file representing the wallpaper linked to the ransomware.
- Also, Delete the Instructions.txt file located on the Desktop.
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