Do you know what email@example.com Ransomware is?
If you find out that your computer has been infiltrated and hit by firstname.lastname@example.org Ransomware, we have bad news for you. This dangerous ransomware infection can encrypt hundreds of file extensions and most of your important files on your PC. In other words, after this malicious attack, it is quite likely that you are going to lose all your important files, including your documents, videos, images, archives, and third-party program files. Well, unless, of course, you have a recent backup made on a removable drive. In fact, this is the only way you can make sure to have a clean copy of your files if a technical problem or such a vicious ransomware program hits your computer. Of course, you could also protect your system with a decent anti-malware application if your virtual security really matters to you. We highly recommend that you remove email@example.com Ransomware right after you notice its vicious job done. Please read our full report on this ugly threat that may cost you your files.
Our researchers have found that this dangerous threat may be related to Xorist Ransomware, which is also based on a relatively old ransomware engine that has been around since 2013. In fact, this old engine has a builder that can be easily customized and downloaded by practically anyone. This obviously means that there could be dozens of variants out there on the web trying to extort easy money from their victims. The most likely way for you to infect your computer with firstname.lastname@example.org Ransomware is that you download the malicious executable file via spam e-mails. This is probably the most often used method to spread such infections apart from the use of Exploit Kits that take advantage of outdated browsers and drivers (Java and Adobe Flash Player). The latter method could be avoided if you keep all your programs, including your system, and your drivers up-to-date.
When it comes to handling your e-mails, you need to be quite alert because these spams may be able to trick you into opening them. This is done by deceiving you that this spam mail comes from an authority or a reputable company. The second deception comes from the subject line, which makes you believe that this mail is of great importance. For example, you may be led to think that this spam is about an unpaid invoice of some sort or some issues with your credit card details you allegedly gave when paying for a service or a product. Even more experienced user could fall for this kind of trick so do not beat yourself up about it; but, make sure that next time you will be more careful. This spam contains a file attachment that may look like an image or a document file; however, in reality, it is a malicious executable file that will initiate this dangerous ransomware attack once you click to view it. After this point, you cannot delete email@example.com Ransomware without the unfortunate consequence of your files being encrypted.
This possible Xorist variant may also use either XOR or TEA encryption algorithm to take your files hostage. This ransomware seems to target hundreds of file extensions, which could mean the loss of virtually all the important files on your system. Unlike most of its peers, this malware infection can add random extensions to the affected files, such as ".data," ".0hIYC892," ".utyoq3wU," which makes it a bit more difficult to identify this particular threat. It may also drop a ransom note file into your Startup directory to make sure that you see this note once rebooting your system. This file could be called "HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt" or "КАК РАСШИФРОВАТЬ ФАЙЛЫ.txt" which is also copied to random folders throughout your system. This ransom note is in Russian language; therefore, we can assume that it mainly targets Russian speakers.
Our researchers have also found that there is another version spreading that has a shorter note and target a bit fewer extensions. But the ransom notes basically contain the same information, which is that you have to send at least 15 US dollars to these cyber criminals if you want to decrypt your files. In order for you to get further information regarding the payment, you have to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. No matter how low this fee may look, we do not recommend that you contact these or any other similar criminals in any way because it usually does not end well. You may not even get the promised decryption key and you would simply support cyber criminals to commit more crimes. We advise you to remove email@example.com Ransomware ASAP.
If you feel up to the task, you can use our step-by-step instructions below to manually eliminate firstname.lastname@example.org Ransomware from your system. But since this malicious program may use random-name files, it could be difficult for you to identify all related files if you are an inexperienced computer user. Therefore, we suggest that you use a reliable malware removal application like SpyHunter to automatically handle this dire situation and protect your PC from future attacks. If you have a backup copy, you can start transferring the clean files back to your hard disk once this ransomware is cleaned from your system. It is possible that you can find and use file recovery tools to decrypt at least some of your files since this engine has been around for years now. However, we do not advise you to do so unless you are an advanced user.
How to remove email@example.com Ransomware from Windows
- Press Win+E.
- Locate the malicious file you downloaded and launched.
- Delete the file.
- Check these locations and files, and if found, delete them:
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\"HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt"
- Locate all instances of the ransom note file and bin them all.
- Empty your Recycle Bin.
- Restart your PC.
In non-techie terms:
Being hit by firstname.lastname@example.org Ransomware is probably the worst thing that can happen to you today. This Russian ransomware program can encrypt most of your precious files, which can only be deciphered if you buy the decryption key or tool. Although the ransom fee demanded by these crooks cannot be called high at all, we still believe that it is not a good idea to contact them and pay up. There is no guarantee that you will get anything for your money. We recommend that you remove email@example.com Ransomware as soon as possible because you will not be able to use your computer otherwise, let alone feel safe. If you are not the manual type, we suggest that you install a trustworthy anti-malware program to take care of this horrible attack and protect your system as well.