Needless to say, .BACKUP Ransomware has nothing to do with backups. In fact, we cannot explain to you why this is the word that the infection chose to add to the files it is capable of corrupting. Speaking of backups, of course, we hope that they exist – whether on cloud storage or external backups – because that is the only way for you to access personal files. The copies that are corrupted by the malicious ransomware are as good as gone. Unfortunately, the creator of the ransomware might tell you a completely different story. They might give you an option to pay a price for a tool that would allegedly get your files back to normal. Unfortunately, you should not consider this to be a legitimate option. Cyber criminals are simply telling you lies to make sure that you pay them without thinking about it first. Can we guarantee that a decryptor would not be given to you if you paid the ransom? We cannot, and, to some, this will be enough to give it a shot. If you realize that the risk is too big, or you do not have enough to cover the ransom, the only thing you might be able to do is delete .BACKUP Ransomware. Without a doubt, removal is crucial in any situation.
.BACKUP Ransomware was built looking at CryptoMix Ransomware. In fact, the developer of this infamous threat could easily be the creator of the infection we are discussing in this report. That we’ll never know. It is also difficult to indicate HOW the infection slithered into your operating system. There is a good chance that you had something to do with it, for example, by opening a malicious spam email attachment concealed as a harmless PDF document. It also could be true that another infection – such as a clandestine Trojan – could have downloaded the ransomware on its own command. In any case, whether you are tricked into executing the ransomware, or it is downloaded completely silently, you are not supposed to notice it. If you do, you might remove .BACKUP Ransomware before the encryption begins. Needless to say, that is the main task for this ransomware. You might not even realize that your files have been encrypted, and that the “.BACKUP” extension was appended to their names until the “_HELP_INSTRUCTION.TXT” showed up on your Desktop. Delete this file if you want to, but do not follow the steps represented via it if you choose to open it.
The text file created by .BACKUP Ransomware introduced you to 6 unique addresses: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org. You are supposed to email all of them to begin the communication with the creator of the infection. What is the purpose of that? There is only one purpose, and that is to introduce you to the option of paying a ransom. As we discussed already, this is not really an option because even if the ransom is paid in full, a decryptor is unlikely to be offered in return. Our researchers believe that you can access your files only if backups exist, which means that you can forget about the original copies. Do backups exist? If they do, go ahead and remove .BACKUP Ransomware along with the corrupted copies of your personal files. If you are not even familiar with what a backup is, we suggest looking into it because you want to store copies of your documents and other sensitive files safe, away from the virtual hands of cyber criminals.
Do not feel intimidated by the steps posted below. Although there are quite a few of them, this is what you need to do if you decide to delete .BACKUP Ransomware manually. This is not an obligation, of course. In fact, we believe it is far better for you to install anti-malware software instead. Not only because it can remove .BACKUP Ransomware automatically but because it can guarantee protection against malicious threats. In our eyes, that is the most important thing to worry about. If you think you can protect your operating system yourself, think again. After all, one malicious file encryptor has managed to slither in without permission already.
N.B. If you did not find the malicious executable using this guide, you can employ a malware scanner to help you with this step.
|#||File Name||File Size (Bytes)||File Hash|
|1||44d5b6d36294d2f3bdc773eb7a43ba49c03febc60556616a7d641dd9ee5d13d8.exe||106496 bytes||MD5: 48182d1c42a37ce24925bcc79d147bf2|
|#||Process Name||Process Filename||Main module size|