What is Revenge Ransomware?
The name of the malicious Revenge Ransomware is truly mysterious. Why does the creator of this threat feel the need to seek revenge and who is it targeted at? It is unlikely that answers to these questions will be found, but what Anti-Spyware-101.com researchers know is that this infection is incredibly malicious, and your files might be put at serious risk if it manages to slither into your operating system. If it slithers in, this threat can encrypt the most personal files – such as your photos and media files – just to make you pay attention to the demands. Although you would probably pay attention to the threat even if it encrypted less important files, it is unlikely that you would choose to follow the instructions just to get them back. In many cases, files can be recovered by downloading them anew, but that is not the case with personal files. Unfortunately, it is not possible to decrypt files by deleting Revenge Ransomware, which is the greatest obstacle that the victims are likely to face. Continue reading to learn more about the threat and its removal.
How does Revenge Ransomware work?
Revenge Ransomware is similar to Avastvirusinfo@yandex.com Ransomware, Nhtnwcuf Ransomware, and all other ransomware infections that we have reviewed in the recent past. First of all, the threat is distributed using corrupted spam email attachments, where the launcher file is concealed as something else. Second, they all encrypt files using highly complex algorithms. Besides encrypting your files, Revenge Ransomware also renames them to make it more difficult for you to figure out which files were hit. For example, a file named “example.doc” could show up as “[random string].REVENGE”. Obviously, if you know the location of your files, you should have no trouble figuring that out. At the time of research, there was no legitimate tool or free decryptor that could help, but, of course, you should do your own research because the situation might have changed by the time you are reading. Unfortunately, authentic file decryptors are only capable of assisting on rare occasions, and it is most likely that the files corrupted by this ransomware are locked up for good. The ransomware is meant to make you desperate enough to follow the demands that are introduced to you via the “# !!!HELP_FILE!!! #.TXT” file.
The TXT file that Revenge Ransomware creates holds a message that is represented in several different languages, including English, Italian, German, Polish, and Korean. At the bottom of all messages, there is a list of email addresses, as well as a unique ID number that is given to every victim. According to the ransom note, you need to use one of the email addresses – which include firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org – to communicate with the creator of Revenge Ransomware. Once you email your ID number, you should get a response quickly instructing you to pay a ransom. Allegedly, if you pay the ransom, a decryption tool and key should be provided to you immediately. Even if that is your only option, you need to weigh all pros and cons. The only pro, of course, is getting your files back. The cons include having your email address recorded by cyber criminals, sacrificing your savings, and, possibly, being scammed. The reality is that no one can force the creator Revenge Ransomware to provide you with decryption tools, and so it is possible that you will be left empty-handed even if you pay the ransom.
How to delete Revenge Ransomware
If you do not know how to find and remove Revenge Ransomware components, entrust reliable anti-malware software to identify and delete them for you. Considering that your operating system might already be infected with other threats, using this software can offer you irreplaceable services. Even more important, it can keep your PC guarded against malware in the future, and that is extremely important. If you delete Revenge Ransomware but skip on taking care of your operating system’s protection, any wrong step you make online could lead to the infiltration of other dangerous threats. Remember that cyber crooks are not stupid, and they can make use of any security vulnerability and crack to spread malicious infections. Use the comments box right below if you want to discuss the ransomware or anything else security-related.
- Identify the launcher file and right-click it (use a malware scanner if you need help).
- Choose Delete to get rid of the launcher.
- Right-click and Delete every copy of the # !!!HELP_FILE!!! #.TXT file.
- Empty Recycle Bin and then scan your operating system using a legit malware scanner.
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