Ogre Ransomware

What is Ogre Ransomware?

Malware experts working at anti-spyware-101.com have recently detected a new infection Ogre Ransomware. It has been named after the extension it should append to files it encrypts - .ogre. Specialists are sure that this infection is a new crypto-threat, but, according to them, it is still in development because, at the time of the analysis, it did not encrypt a single file. It does not mean that users who encounter this computer infection can let it stay active on their systems because it might be updated one day and start encrypting personal files belonging to users. Files ransomware infections usually record are various pictures, images, videos, music, and other files, so if they are ever really locked, it will not take long to come across those encrypted files. Are you reading this article because Ogre Ransomware has already locked them all? If so, you must remove this infection from your computer as soon as possible. Do not pay attention to the message left on your Desktop because sending the money required might not solve this problem. Cyber criminals often take users’ money but do not give the key for unlocking files. It should be noted that the version analyzed by our specialists not only does not encrypt any files, but also does not require money from users. Unfortunately, we cannot promise that an updated version, if it is ever released, will not try to extract money from users.test

What does Ogre Ransomware do?

As mentioned in the first article, at the time of writing, Ogre Ransomware does not encrypt any files. Although it does not perform this main activity, it still opens a red window with a message for users after slithering onto computers successfully. This message is opened in full-screen thus covering the entire Desktop. It claims that it has encrypted files and now the only way to recover them is to pay a ransom of €20. The Bitcoin address necessary to make a payment is not provided to users. They see two words in its place – (Programme test) – which suggests that it has been developed for testing purposes primarily or it is still in development. This window also contains buttons Decrypt and Check payment, but, since it is impossible to make a payment, these buttons are useless. If the fully working version of Ogre Ransomware is ever released, we are sure that a Bitcoin address will be placed on the opened window for you and these two buttons will work. In the opinion of our specialists, users should not rush to send money to cyber criminals after finding their files locked even if they are told that their files will be deleted permanently if they do not make a payment soon or it is the only way to unlock them because it might be possible to recover files for free. Unfortunately, it applies only to those users who back up their files periodically – they can recover their files from a backup. Of course, the active ransomware infection needs to be removed from the system first because it might strike again and lock files.

Where does Ogre Ransomware come from?

Ogre Ransomware is still in development, so it should not be distributed actively at the time of writing. The situation might change soon, of course. If cyber criminals ever fix it and release a working version that can help to obtain easy money from users, they will definitely adopt several distribution methods to disseminate it. According to our researchers, Ogre Ransomware should be distributed like any other ransomware-type infection. That is, it should travel inside spam emails pretending to be a harmless email attachment. Second, it might be placed on untrustworthy pages. Last but not least, other computer infections, e.g. Trojans might drop these threats on users’ PCs without their permission. Although there are so many different ways ransomware infections are spread, you can ensure the maximum protection of your system by enabling a reputable security application on your computer. No malicious applications could enter your system ever again once you do so.

How to remove Ogre Ransomware

Ogre Ransomware does not drop any additional files or executables, so you could delete it fully by erasing recently downloaded malicious files. This is a necessary step to erase the launcher of the ransomware infection. If it happens that you find it hard to remember the filenames of files downloaded from the web recently, use an automated scanner – it will detect and remove malicious components in the blink of an eye. Click on the Download (find it below) button to get a free diagnostic version of a reputable automatic tool.

Ogre Ransomware Removal Guide

  1. Tap Win+E.
  2. Check all main directories on your computer, e.g. %USERPROFILE%\Downloads, %APPDATA%, %TEMP%, and %USERPROFILE%\Desktop.
  3. Delete all suspicious recently downloaded files.
  4. Delete those files from Recycle bin (right-click on it and select Empty Recycle Bin). 100% FREE spyware scan and
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