Vortex Ransomware

What is Vortex Ransomware?

Vortex Ransomware is a Polish-made computer infection designed to encrypt your personal files and then offer you to buy the decryption software needed to decrypt them. The cybercriminals behind this malware want you to pay a hefty sum of money for the decryption software which might not be worth your files. Therefore, you should consider removing this ransomware as soon as possible because if it were to enter your PC, then it will go to work immediately. The only way to prevent it from entering your PC is installing an anti-malware program. To find out more about this malicious application, we invite you to read this whole article.testtesttest

Where does Vortex Ransomware come from?

As mentioned, Vortex Ransomware is a Polish-made malware. Its developers have designed it to feature a ransom note that is in Polish only. Hence, they should not distribute this ransomware outside of Poland because it would be pointless to do so because of the language. Our cyber security specialists have received information that the developers might have set up a server that sends email spam to random email addresses in an effort to infect the computers of unsuspecting users who are unfortunate to open the email. The malicious emails contain attached files that can drop this ransomware directly on your PC or run a malicious script that downloads it from a remote server. Whatever the case may be, the infection is set to occur secretly, so you will not notice it.

What does Vortex Ransomware do?

If Vortex Ransomware were to infect your PC, then it would start encrypting your personal files. Our researchers say that this particular ransomware only encrypts your files, so it does not lock the computer’s screen once it is done encrypting like some other ransomware do. Interestingly, this ransomware encrypts pictures and images only. So it will not touch any of your other files which are great news. Still, it can encrypt your personal pictures that might be of great value to you, and that is what the cyber criminals aim for. They want to compel you to pay the hefty ransom.

Vortex Ransomware was configured to encrypt your files using the AES-256 encryption algorithm. It generates a unique encryption and decryption key, and you need to have the correct decryption key to decrypt the files. The only way to get it is to pay the 200 USD ransom. Note that if you do not pay the ransom within four days of the infection, the ransom payment is set to double. Once Vortex Ransomware finishes encrypting your files, it drops a ransom note named ODZSZYFRUJ-DANE.TXT. This note is in Polish, but it basically says that you have to pay the 200 USD after contacting the cyber criminals by messaging them at rsapl@openmailbox.org or polskiransom@airmail.cc. Vortex Ransomware appends the encrypted files with the “.aes” file extension. Furthermore, this ransomware can obtain your IP address by connecting to http://wielkijopl.temp.swtest{.}ru. All things considered, you ought to delete this ransomware because the criminals might not give you the key after you pay them.

How to remove Vortex Ransomware

In closing, Vortex Ransomware is one malicious application that can encrypt your most valued pictures and demand that you pay money to decrypt the. Unfortunately, there is no free decryption tool that could crack its encryption, so your only options are risk paying the ransom and get duped or remove it using our guide. You can also use an anti-malware program such as SpyHunter which is more than capable of eradicating ransomware.

Removal Guide

  1. Press Windows+E keys.
  2. Enter the following file paths in File Explorer’s address box and hit Enter.
    • %USERPROFILE%\Downloads\
    • %TEMP%\
  3. Locate the executable of this ransomware (name is random).
  4. Right-click it and click Delete.
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