Unikey Ransomware

What is Unikey Ransomware?

Has Unikey Ransomware invaded your operating system and corrupted your personal files? It is unlikely that it has because this infection is not currently spread in the wild. The sample our Anti-spyware-101.com researchers got their hands on is not fully functional, and even though it can encrypt files, it does so in one specific folder only, %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\test. This is also where the ransom note file is found, and that makes no sense. Furthermore, the ransom note is useless as it does not provide the victim with any useful information. That being said, it is possible that the developer of this strange infection will make it much more powerful, and that could happen very fast. If that does not happen, it is likely that the creator of the ransomware will use the knowledge gained to create more powerful threats. If that happens, we will inform you about it as soon as possible. For now, all we can do is discuss the potential of this malicious ransomware, ways to prevent its infiltration, and, of course, how to delete Unikey Ransomware in case it attacks.test

How does Unikey Ransomware work?

The Hidden-Tear open source code is likely to have been used for the development of the malicious Unikey Ransomware. In this case, it joins SucyLocker Ransomware, Kindest Ransomware, and all other threats that belong to this faction. Unfortunately, even amateur cyber crooks can use this source code to build malware, which is why hundreds – if not thousands – of threats have emerged from it. The distribution of this malware is in the hands of their creators, but, in most cases, spam emails with corrupted attachments are used. If that happens, it is very important to track down the malicious file that was opened because it needs to be removed. Of course, first, the victim has to review the damage and think about their options. As mentioned before, at this stage, Unikey Ransomware can only encrypt files in one folder, but it might have the ability to encrypt all kinds of personal files in all kinds of locations. Once documents, archives, photos, and other sensitive files are encrypted, they should be given the “.locked” extension to highlight them. Unfortunately, only in extremely rare cases is it possible to decrypt the files corrupted by ransomware, and, of course, the removal of the infection does not affect the encryption.

READ_IT.txt is the ransom note file that Unikey Ransomware creates. The current version of the file does not make any sense as it says: “Send me some bitcoins or kebab / And I also hate night clubs, desserts, being drunk.” It is most likely that the developer of the infection entered a random message. If that is not the case, the victims of Unikey Ransomware are left with no solution because there is no information explaining as to what the user must do to have the files decrypted. Of course, even if it was clear how the ransom had to be paid, paying it is not recommended. Why? Cyber criminals have no incentive to give a decryptor or help you recover your files, and their promises are only meant to make you give them money. Unfortunately, if your files do not have backups, there really is not much anyone can do, and so you might be pushed into taking a gamble.

How to delete Unikey Ransomware

Unikey Ransomware could be a serious threat, and if you have not faced it yet, you need to take all appropriate measures to protect yourself against it. First of all, think of the ways you can strengthen your virtual security. Maybe it is high time you upgraded your anti-malware tool? If this software is not installed at all, make sure you rectify this immediately. It is also important to think about file backups. Invest in an external drive on which you could store personal file copies, or find a reliable online storage option. Now, if you are currently trying to remove Unikey Ransomware, we suggest using an anti-malware tool that will continue protecting your virtual security in the future. Another option is represented below. While manual removal of this ransomware is not complicated, do not forget to look at the bigger picture.

Removal Instructions

  1. Tap Win+E keys together to launch Explorer.
  2. Type %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\test into the bar at the top and tap Enter.
  3. Delete the ransom note file named READ_IT.txt.
  4. Identify the malicious launcher file (maybe you downloaded via a spam email) and Delete it.
  5. Right-click the recycle bin icon and choose Empty Recycle Bin. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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