Do you know what Synack Ransomware is?
Synack Ransomware can sneak onto your system without your noticing it and infect the whole network of computers. This sadly means that if this vicious program manages to break into one computer in a network, it may be able encrypt all the important files on all possible computers that are connected. This can obviously cause a major destruction of files and hopefully, you are one of the security-minded users or professional enough to have a backup somewhere safe and not connected to the LAN. Our research shows that this dangerous threat is mostly spreading in the US, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands, but it is not limited to these countries. Although you are given a choice to recover your files if you are willing to pay the high ransom fee to these criminals, we do not encourage anyone to do so. The three main reasons against complying with the demand of these crooks is that one, technical problems may arise and the connection with the remote server may be broken, two, these criminals may not keep their word, and three, it would mean that you support cybercrime. Of course, when it comes to companies being threatened to lose all their databases and other vital files, it may not be a question how to proceed. Still, our researchers say that it is important that you remove Synack Ransomware from your system as soon as possible.
We have found that this ransomware program mostly attacks companies to be able to ask for a ransom fee that can be as high as thousands of dollars, which could be rather tough on personal computer users who would not pay such an amount. In order to gain access to a computer in a company network, these cyber criminals seem to use the remote desktop protocol (RDP). If your computer has remote desktop software installed, you need to make sure that it is properly configured because crooks can break into your system when this software is poorly set up and uses a weak password. These cyber criminals may use brute force to get in or even social engineering techniques. Once they have access to your system, they can easily install this ransomware infection and spread it all over the local network to encrypt important files. You cannot even notice if this dangerous threat appears on your system in this stealthy way. All you will see is that you cannot use or open your files anymore. This could be a great devastation for even a personal user, let alone a company where sensitive data from tens of thousands of people are stored. But the only way to make sure that your computer is safe is to delete Synack Ransomware and all related files from your computer.
It is also possible that this vicious program is spread in alternative ways. You could install it, for instance, when you download a free program from a questionable source like a torrent or freeware page. These pages usually promote malicious third-party installers that could pack a number of malware threats in one bundle. You may also end up on malicious websites after clicking on an unsafe third-party ad or link while surfing the web. If your browsers and drivers are not up-to-date, such a malicious page could drop this infection by using so-called Exploit Kits that can take advantage of outdated software. If you do not want to end up having to remove Synack Ransomware or any other malicious program, you should stay away from questionable sites and clicking on ads, and also, keep your programs updated.
This ransomware can encrypt all your important files, including documents, archives, databases, images, and third-party program files as well. The affected files do not get one unique extension as usual. In this case, this infection adds a set of 10 characters to all the files, which is different in every case. After the encryption is done, this threat creates a ransom note text file on your desktop called "RESTORE_INFO-[unique_id].txt." Our researchers have found that since this dangerous infection emerged in the beginning of August, 2017, there have been three variants already spreading. These variants seem to have slightly different ransom notes and the contact information they provide is also different. If you open this text file, you can see that you have pay as much as 2,100 dollars in Bitcoins, but this amount could also be different for different companies. These are some of the e-mail addresses mentioned in these ransom notes: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org. Apart from these, you can also use three different BitMessage addresses to contact these crooks for further details about the payment.
We do not advise you to pay this fee but it is all up to you how you decide. Although we have mentioned that we advise you to remove Synack Ransomware, the truth is that this ransomware may actually clean up after itself. Still, it is possible that it leaves some leftovers behind, such as the ransom note text file. It is also likely that this threat is not the only one on your computer; therefore, we suggest that you use a decent anti-malware program like SpyHunter to protect your PC efficiently and automatically from all known malware infections.
In non-techie terms:
Synack Ransomware is a severe hit to your computer and the whole network if you are working at a company because this ransomware can infiltrate your system behind your back and infect all others connected to it, i.e., encrypt all the important files at a whole company. The only reason behind this attack is to extort a relatively large amount of money as ransom fee in exchange for the decryption of the encrypted files. We need to warn you that cyber criminals rarely send the decryption key or tool in such cases. What is more likely to happen is that you will find another malicious program on your system demanding further amounts of money or doing other damage. In other words, we recommend that you remove Synack Ransomware from your system immediately even if this may cost you your files. Of course, if you work for a company, this may not be your decision and there could be sensitive materials at stake. This is why it is so important to protect your computer with an up-to-date anti-malware program that you can fully trust.