Do you know what Amnesia Ransomware is?
Amnesia Ransomware is a product of mischievous cyber criminals who want nothing else but your money. To ensure that it slithers into the targeted operating system without permission, the creator of this ransomware conceals it. Have you let this infection in by opening a corrupted file attached to an inconspicuous-looking spam email? Although that is the most common way of spreading ransomware, it is not the only way. According to our research team, the developer of this dangerous infection is also capable of exploiting RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) vulnerabilities to slip malware in without your notice. Of course, if that is the case, the chances are that other infections might have been dropped onto your computer without your notice as well. Unfortunately, in most cases, the victims of the ransomware discover it after the encryption is complete, when deleting Amnesia Ransomware cannot help with anything. That being said, eliminating this infection is crucial.
When the installer of Amnesia Ransomware is downloaded onto the computer, you have a small window to delete it before the encryption is initiated. If you have downloaded this launcher yourself, you might be able to recognize the threat and eliminate it right away. Of course, this threat is so stealthy that it is unlikely that you will recognize it. Unfortunately, it does not take long to take action, and soon your personal files are encrypted and decorated with the “.amnesia” extension. This is where the name of the threat comes from. The extension is used as a “marker” indicating the corrupted files; otherwise, you would have to go through every file trying to see if it opens. Obviously, that should make it easier for you to assess the situation, and you have to do that to see which files were corrupted. If you are lucky, you will see that the corrupted files are the ones you have backups for. Needless to say, it is very important to back up files and implement security software because there are plenty of threats that are just as dangerous as Amnesia Ransomware. Pshcrypt Ransomware and Pytehole Ransomware are few of the most recent ones.
“HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES.TXT” is the file that you will find in every directory with encrypted files. This TXT file represents a message the developer of Amnesia Ransomware has for you. According to this message, the only way to recover encrypted data it is by emailing email@example.com. What will you achieve by emailing cyber criminals? You will enable them to send you instructions on how to pay a ransom for an alleged decryptor. The issue is that cyber criminals are not to be trusted, and you should not expect them to provide you with a decryption tool even if you pay the ransom. What about third-party decryptors? While they do work on rare occasions, at the moment, one that would assist the victims of Amnesia Ransomware does not exist. That means that if your files are not backed up, it is possible that you will not be able to recover them, and that might lead to a great loss.
Amnesia Ransomware removes itself after the encryption of your files, and so it is unlikely that you will need to remove anything apart from the ransom note file that might have hundreds of copies. Of course, this file is not malicious, and you can ignore it. What you cannot ignore is the vulnerability of your operating system. If you do not take care of your personal files and your virtual security, it could be threatened again! We advise installing anti-malware software to ensure that your PC is cleaned and stays clean in the future.
Delete Amnesia Ransomware
- Delete the launcher file (has random name) if it has not erased itself already.
- Delete the ransom note file HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES.TXT.
- Empty Recycle Bin and then thoroughly examine your operating system using a malware scanner.
In non-techie terms:
Once Amnesia Ransomware slithers in, there is not much time to delete it; however, users rarely recognize this infection right away, and so they are dealing with encrypted files. Unfortunately, once the files are encrypted, there is not much to do. Although the developer of this threat promises to provide a decryptor once the ransom is paid, this could be just another scam. Whatever you decide to do, you must not forget to remove Amnesia Ransomware. The chances are that it has erased itself already, but you need to inspect your operating system anyway. You also need to reinforce security to prevent malware from attacking in the future. Also, it is a good idea to start backing up your files to prevent permanent loss.