If you find it impossible to access any of your files and they have received a new extension .firstname.lastname@example.org, you can start blaming Project34 Ransomware for encrypting your files with the AES-256 encryption. Project34 Ransomware is, purely, a malicious application which seeks to achieve only one goal – to obtain money from users. Cyber criminals are well aware of the fact that users will not give their money to them easily, so they develop their products, in this case, Project34 Ransomware, in such a way that they could lock users’ files. Generally speaking, they give users the reason to transfer them money. We can only imagine how badly you need your files back, but we still recommend keeping your money in your pockets because making payments to cyber crooks has never been a good idea. What we recommend doing instead is to go to uninstall Project34 Ransomware from the computer fully. Even though it does not drop its executable files on the affected computer and does not make any important modifications in the system registry, users still need to find and erase the malicious .exe file which has launched this ransomware infection. Also, the ransom note it has dropped on the computer has to be removed in order not to keep unnecessary files that only occupy the space.
Project34 Ransomware was first detected in February, 2017, but it has already been found on a number of computers. The majority of victims of this malicious application live in Russia, but some users living in other countries have reported that they have encountered Project34 Ransomware too, which suggests that this computer infection might start infecting computers worldwide. After the successful entrance, it starts encrypting files. Users do not know about that until they find that all their files, including pictures, music files, and videos can no longer be accessed and contain the filename extension .email@example.com. Judging from the message left in the ransom note пароль.txt, users will be asked to pay money to get the decryption tool. Although the size of the ransom is not specified, users should get all the information they might need by contacting cyber criminals behind Project34 Ransomware, i.e. writing an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not even bother writing an email to them if you are sure that you are not going to transfer money. You should also not provide your IP address even though they require it because it might be used to perform all kinds of malicious activities. This will, of course, be done without your knowledge.
At present, it is impossible to decrypt files encrypted by Project34 Ransomware because the encryption algorithm it uses, i.e. AES-256 is a very strong one, and it is basically impossible to crack it. There might still be a way to decrypt those files if you have their copies on an external device, e.g. a portable hard drive. If not, we suggest waiting until specialists release a free decryption tool. We cannot, unfortunately, promise that this will happen in the near future. Last but not least, if you are eager to get your files back at any price, you should spend some time on trying out all free data recovery tools that are available on the market today. Before you use any new tool, double-check whether it is really trustworthy!
It is important to know how a threat acts and what can be expected from it if it is left inside the system, but it is also not less important to be aware of the dissemination methods used to spread it to be able to avoid similar computer infections in the future. According to specialists at 411-spyware.com, Project34 Ransomware usually travels as an attachment in spam emails, so it can be said that it is spread through emails. Undoubtedly, it is not the only distribution method used to spread ransomware. For example, it is known that they can also be downloaded by malware already working on the system too. To be frank, it is not so easy to prevent these infections from entering the system, so a security application must be installed and enabled (!) on every computer.
You will not find any file of Project34 Ransomware, except its ransom note, on your computer or a new registry key created. As a consequence, you just need to delete пароль.txt (a ransom note) and the malicious file you have launched before finding all files encrypted. Once you are done with this threat, go to scan your PC with an automatic scanner to leave no traces of ransomware on your system.