If you cannot run or view your personal files, it is quite possible that Cypher Ransomware has managed to slither onto your system. This new malicious threat that surfaced in the past week was written in Python. The authors behind this dangerous threat may be a bit too greedy or forgot to adjust their demands because you have to pay over 10 thousand dollars in Bitcoins if you want to get the decryption key. It is not yet possible to recover your files any other way; although, it is always possible that malware experts can come up with a free tool in the near future. Fingers crossed that you have a backup somewhere safe because now would be the best time to actually use it. However, you should not start transferring your clean files just yet. First, you need to remove Cypher Ransomware from your system. Please read on to find out more about this severe threat so that you can avoid them in the future.
There are a couple of ways for these cyber crooks to spread their malware infection. The most likely way, though, is spamming campaigns. Have you gotten a suspicious mail lately that you opened and had no real information inside but an instruction to see the attached file for more information? This spam can show up as an important mail, or at least, what most people would find important. Unfortunately, victims fall into this trap and want to see the contents of this mail right away instead of sending a reply to the sender inquiring about this mail and its content. It is quite possible that you would either get no reply at all because this e-mail address does not even exist, or if it does, its owner would most likely have no clue why you got a mail from him or her. This could help you decide whether to open it or simply delete it right away as a scam. Keep in mind that if you execute the attached file, you will not be able to delete Cypher Ransomware without the probable loss of your files.
We also need to warn you about other possible options. If you have any remote desktop software installed on your computer, you need to make sure that it is securely configured because any weak password or other weakly configured settings can be a gateway for cyber criminals to get to your system. Once these villains gain access, they can virtually do anything on your system without your knowledge, including installing and activating this dangerous threat. Another unfortunate way to infect your computer is not to update your browsers and drivers. If you accidentally land on a malicious page after clicking on corrupt third-party banner or pop-up ads, you could easily get infected with such a ransomware program. Such pages use Exploit Kits to deliver the deadly blow to your system once your outdated browser load the malicious page. You need to become a safer surfer if you do not want to end up having to remove Cypher Ransomware or other threats in the future.
This ransomware encrypts all your important files and adds a ".cypher" extension to the original file name and extension. It also drops two ransom note files, "HOW_TO_DECRYPT_FILES.html" and "readme_decrypt.txt." The first one only contains a TOR website URL address to visit. The second one contains the ransom note. This note tells you about the encryption of your files and that you can get them back in three simple steps. Most likely most users would get stuck at the first step which instructs you to pay 1 BTC (10,680 USD currently) to a given address. Well, these criminals may have used a previous malicious threat as a base and left the ransom amount unadjusted since even companies would have a problem paying this much for their files, not to mention private computer users. Once you are done with the payment, you are to send an e-mail to "email@example.com" and you should get the decryption code in a reply message. No matter what, we recommend that you remove Cypher Ransomware from your computer right away.
We have no information about Run registry entries or any other mess this ransomware may create on your system. Therefore, it could be enough for you to simply delete the related files. We have prepared a general guide for you if you need help with this. Of course, it is always more effective if you install and employ a malware removal application, such as SpyHunter. But even if you invest in a powerful security tool like this one, you need to remember to keep all your programs updated frequently. There is no other way to make sure that cyber villains cannot exploit security gaps left by outdated programs. If criminals can gain access to your system, the worst possible can happen and you could lose total control of your computer in no time. Make up your mind, before it may be too late.