Do you know what Arrow Ransomware is?
Arrow Ransomware enciphers files located on the infected computer and adds a second extension to all of them, e.g., first_chapter.docx.id-********.[firstname.lastname@example.org].arrow (the eight starts means there should be ransom numbers). If this has happened to your data, we urge you to read our report and learn more about this vicious malware. Later on, we will discuss its effective manner, ways it could travel, and so on. Most importantly, in the article, we will explain how to delete the infection. In fact, at the end of the main text, you will find a step by step removal guide telling how to eliminate Arrow Ransomware manually. However, it is vital to mention, our computer security specialists cannot guarantee the guide will be helpful to everyone, and for more ensured removal it would be wiser to employ a reputable antimalware tool of your preferences. For more information continue reading this text and if you have any questions let us know by leaving a message in the comments section.
First of all, we would like to start by discussing Arrow Ransomware possible distribution channels. Our computer security specialists think it could travel with malicious email attachments, suspicious pop-up ads, fake updates or harmful software installers, and so on. There is even a chance the cybercriminals who developed it might be able to access the system while exploiting its vulnerabilities and execute the threat on their own. Needless to say, defending your computer from such malware is not an easy task, and in case all your efforts fail, experts recommend always having a backup with all the files you do not want to lose. There are lots of options to backup data as the user can choose a tool that does it automatically, or he could create copies by himself on cloud storage, removable media devices, etc. As for keeping the computer, safe users should stay away from potentially malicious web pages, advertisements, or other suspicious material like attachments from unknown senders, and so on.
Furthermore, we could not test Arrow Ransomware properly as there were no fine-working installers available, but still, we were able to discover a bit about its effective manner. It looks like the malware users a secure encryption algorithm to encipher user’s private or even program data. When the encryption process is over the files should have slightly modified titles. To be more accurate, the encrypted files should have a second extension that is different for each victim as it contains a unique ID number (.id-********.[email@example.com].arrow), e.g., picture.jpg.id-00000000.[firstname.lastname@example.org].arrow. Later on, the infection might present a ransom note by placing text documents, changing the default Desktop wallpaper, and so on. Our computer security specialists are not sure about this because there is a chance Arrow Ransomware may not show any notes as it could be assumed the user would try to contact the cybercriminals by using the email presented in the second extension (email@example.com).
We advise against talking to the malicious program’s developers because they might demand a ransom and by agreeing to pay the user could lose his money in wain since there are no guarantees they can or will be willing to deliver the decryption tools they may promise. If you feel up to the task, you could follow the removal guide available a bit below, although it seems to us it would be easier and safer to employ a reputable antimalware tool and let it erase Arrow Ransomware for you instead.
Eliminate Arrow Ransomware
- Click Ctrl+Alt+Delete simultaneously.
- Pick Task Manager.
- Take a look at the Processes tab.
- Locate a process related to the malicious program.
- Select this process and press the End Task button.
- Click Windows Key+E.
- Navigate to the suggested paths:
- Find a file that was opened when the system got infected.
- Right-click the malicious file and select Delete.
- Leave File Explorer.
- Restart the computer.
In non-techie terms:
Arrow Ransomware is a file-encrypting threat, which means its primary tasks is to prevent you from accessing your personal and possible some part of program data. The reason for doing so it to extort user for money by asking him to purchase decryption tools. The cybercriminals might do so if the victim contacts them via email. Do not forget they might tell you they can guarantee or promise the decryption tool will be sent with no delays as soon as you pay the ransom, but the truth is you may never receive it. Such situations happen from time to time and if you do not want to be one of the unfortunate users who got scammed by ransomware creators, we would recommend you not to put up with any demands and erase the malware at once with the removal guide available a bit above this text or a reputable antimalware tool you trust. The moment the system is secure again, it should be safe to get your backup copies if you have any.