Have your all files received a new extension .anonfive? Is it impossible to access them? If yes and yes, AnonFive Ransomware must be inside your computer. This computer infection illegally enters computers and performs bad activities although it is created on an open-source ransomware infection Hidden-Tear which was originally developed for educational purposes only. The main goal of AnonFive Ransomware is to obtain money from users, so it tries to achieve it by going to encrypt users’ personal files. Cyber criminals know that users will send money for them only if they take something valuable from them. AnonFive Ransomware is the one that does encryption job while cyber criminals sit silently behind it expecting that money will start flowing to them. Do not give these bad people what they need even if they promise to give you a “password” to access files in exchange because there are no guarantees that this will really happen. Cyber criminals behind ransomware infections often do not even have the tiniest piece of motivation left after getting money, so our researchers suggest going to eliminate this computer infection instead. Unfortunately, a free decryptor that can crack the AES encryption algorithm used and thus unlock your data does not exist at present, but it might be released in the future, so do not rush to erase those affected files. Also, you should know that you can easily recover your files after the deletion of this infection if you have backed them up before the entrance of AnonFive Ransomware and have this backup far away from the computer, e.g. on an external hard drive.
AnonFive Ransomware does not differ from other ransomware infections much even though it is a brand new threat. After the entrance, it starts searching for files to encrypt and then locks them without mercy. Researchers have noticed that files which are of main importance to this ransomware are users’ pictures, movies, music files, and documents. It is not at all surprising that it primarily locks those files because cyber criminals know that they need to give users a reason to pay money. As it is indicated in the ransom note READ_IT.txt dropped on the computer after the encryption of files, users need to pay 0.5 Bitcoin (~$515) to cyber criminals (they use the Bitcoin address 1BYT6TBwwJzr2vXXkhz918VvkB7yb3MgAD). After doing that, the decryption key should be sent to a user’s email address which was included in the payment description box. Unfortunately, users do not get decryption keys from cyber criminals very often. In most cases, they do not get anything from them, and, of course, lose their money too. Because of this, specialists do not recommend paying money to the developers of AnonFive Ransomware. They, of course, do not allow users to keep AnonFive Ransomware installed on their computers too.
The Command and Control server belonging to AnonFive Ransomware does not work at the time of writing, which suggests that this infection is no longer active. Of course, there are no guarantees that it will not revive again, so we should talk about the distribution of ransomware infections too. As researchers at 411-spyware.com have already noticed, these infections are often spread through spam emails. They appear there as decent-looking attachments, e.g. a .doc document, so users fearlessly open them and make a huge mistake. Not much can be told about the dissemination of AnonFive Ransomware yet because the infection rate of this threat is quite low, but it is very likely that the same method is used to spread it too. Have you recently opened an email attachment? If the answer is yes, you already know how AnonFive Ransomware has slithered onto your computer.
AnonFive Ransomware is a serious malicious application which causes harm to users by making it impossible to access a number of important files stored on the computer. Luckily, it is not that hard to delete it. The only users’ job is to find the malicious file which has launched AnonFive Ransomware and delete it. If you have checked the entire computer and still cannot find it, you should go to scan your PC with SpyHunter, a reputable antimalware scanner. It will erase the ransomware infection and other malicious components in the blink of an eye, and the best thing about it is that you will only need to launch it after the installation.