Do you know what Amnesia 2 Ransomware is?
Amnesia 2 Ransomware could be your worst nightmare of a threat as it can cipher your personal files and take them hostage until you are willing to pay the demanded ransom fee. However, our researchers say that this Delphi-based malware infection may not be your perfect attacker as it is possible that you can find a free decryption tool on the web developed by malware hunters. Of course, we do not advise you to search the web for it yourself unless you know what you do and you are an experienced computer user. Remember that you may harm your system more if you happen to download the wrong tool from an unfamiliar malicious page. Apart from the possibility of decrypting your files, you do not even need to remove Amnesia 2 Ransomware from your system as it is done automatically after the encryption. Although there could be some leftover files behind like the ransom note, which also need removal but you can easily accomplish it yourself.
Finding this malicious program on your system can mean two things: you either opened a spam e-mail and ran its attachment, or you have a remote desktop tool on your system that got hacked by cyber criminals. If the first case happened to you, we suggest that you become a more careful user and only open mails that you expect to receive or come from trusted senders regarding matters that really relate to you. Also, do not open attachments unless you specifically expected them. When in doubt, it is worth writing a mail to the sender to find out if the mail in question has really come from them. The truth is that these criminals can fake any sender name and e-mail address so you may actually find it authentic by looking at it.
The subject might be where you could start having doubts but these crooks may use such a tricky subject line that even if you do not think it relates to you, it is quite likely that you would click to open it. This spam may claim to contain information about an unpaid invoice, parking ticket, or anything else that you would want to figure out how it is possible, but it can also be about a wrongly made hotel booking, wrong credit card details, and so on. The worst thing about this is that when you click to view the attached file, it is indeed a malicious executable that starts up this ransomware in the background. So when you want to delete Amnesia 2 Ransomware or its related files, all the encryption will be done. Prevention is the only key that can really save you from losing all your important personal files.
The other method is the so-called RDP attack, which means that cyber criminals try to hack into your system by using the Remote Desktop Protocol. It can be a brute force attack, in which they try all possible password combinations to get access to your system, but there are other ways too to find out your password, such as social engineering. There are two things you can do to avoid such an attack. First, you need to use strong passwords to protect your system and your remote desktop software. Second, it is worth installing an authentic anti-malware application that can ward off such an attack on the spot.
Just like its predecessor, this ransomware can also target a great number of file extensions and cause a lot of damage to you by encrypting these files. This infection creates a ransom note .html file named “RECOVER-FILES.HTML” in every folder where encryption has taken place. This note informs you bluntly that your files have been encrypted and you need to buy the decryptor for 0.5 Bitcoins, which is around 1,365 dollars, if you want to use your files ever again. You can use the provided form in this note to send a message to your attackers and a file to be decrypted for free. You are also asked to send a copy of the ransom note, most likely for identification purposes. If you fail to pay this amount in 2 days, the price doubles. We believe that this is a rather high fee and you should not even think about paying as you would support cyber criminals. And, let us not forget about the possibility that you may be able to download and use a free tool to recover your files after this attack. Although you do not need to remove Amnesia 2 Ransomware itself if you ran the malicious executable, there are still some mess to take care of.
You are definitely lucky if you downloaded this threat but did not actually run the file because in that case, you can easily delete Amnesia 2 Ransomware and you do not need to care about ransom note files and decryption either. We have included a basic guide for you if you want to know how to proceed. Obviously, it is always more efficient and more comfortable to use an automated tool, such as an anti-malware program (e.g., SpyHunter) that would automatically clear up any mess malware infections have made or will try to make in the future.
Remove Amnesia 2 Ransomware from Windows
- Open the File Explorer by tapping Win+E.
- Check your download directories for recently downloaded suspicious files.
- Delete all such files.
- Bin all “RECOVER-FILES.HTML” files from the affected folders. (Only when the infection was activated.)
- Empty your Recycle Bin and reboot your computer.
In non-techie terms:
Amnesia 2 Ransomware is obviously a new variant of the original malware infection with minor differences. This dangerous threat can slither onto your computer without your noticing it and encrypt lots of file extensions to take them hostage. You are offered to purchase a decryptor that can restore your files for a rather high price, which doubles if you do not transfer the fee within 2 days. Hopefully, you have a backup copy of your files but this time you may also find a working free tool on the web that can help you with decryption. We would normally advise you to remove Amnesia 2 Ransomware immediately, but the truth is that this threat cleans up after itself; well, at least it deletes the malicious executable so you may still need to get rid of all the ransom notes. If you want to protect your PC properly, we suggest that you install a legitimate anti-malware program as soon as possible.