Creeper Ransomware is a regular ransomware infection that does not seem to be too popular. Nevertheless, it can still greatly affect your personal data by encrypting it. The best way to battle ransomware is to avoid getting infected with it altogether. However, if you happen to have this program on your computer, you need to remain calm and delete anything that could have installed Creeper Ransomware. After that, scan your system with a licensed antispyware application to see whether there are no other threats on-board. Finally, once your computer is clean again, look for ways to retrieve the lost data.
You must have installed Creeper Ransomware on your computer accidentally when you opened some email attachment. Ransomware programs usually spread around in spam emails. Spam email messages that distribute ransomware look like legitimate notifications from reliable companies. For instance, some message may look like an online shopping invoice or even a financial report. Please take note that these days, most invoices are embedded within the email itself, and you should not be forced to download anything. Even if you do download a file, please remember that you can always scan it with a security tool of your choice before opening it.
Either way, now that Creeper Ransomware enters your computer, what happens? You launch this infection when you open the installer file. After that, just like any other ransomware program out there, Creeper Ransomware scans your system looking for the files it can encrypt. Normally, the infection affects your personal files and leaves system files intact. Ransomware programs that encrypt system files are very rare because they need the system to function so you could transfer the ransom payment.
So, you will definitely see which files were encrypted because Creeper Ransomware appends a new extension to all the files it locks up. For example, if you had a file dog.jpg, after the encryption, the filename will look like dog.jpg.creeper. The system will no longer be able to read such files because the information within them will be scrambled.
Creeper Ransomware will tell you that you need to pay in the Monero crypto-currency within 5 days through a ransom note it drops. It is rather unusual that a ransomware program requires you to pay in Monero because the most commonly used crypto-currency is probably Bitcoin. Nevertheless, Creeper Ransomware asks for an insane amount of money (from 700USD to 1300USD), and it is clear that no regular user could ever rake that much in a flash.
Therefore, it is perfectly normal to ignore these demands and simply delete Creeper Ransomware for good. You probably need to simply remove the file that launched the infection. After that, you need to look for ways to get your files back. If you have an external backup drive, the problem is solved. If not, you will probably need to think hard of all the spaces where you could have saved bits and pieces of your data. Even so, it is still an option better than paying the money to these criminals. Please bear in mind that buy paying you would be directly supporting their criminal activity.