Defray Ransomware is a severe threat that can encrypt most of the important files on a system as well as backups that are connected to it. We have found that this dangerous ransomware mainly hits British and American corporations in two major areas of business: "Education and Healthcare" and "Manufacturing and Technology." The victims seem to be specifically targeted and a rather high ransom fee is demanded for the decryption key. Normally, such ransomware programs do not infect individual users but it is still important to understand how this threat works in order for you to be able to avoid similar attacks in the future. Although this vicious program seems to be the work of professionals and it is possible that they would decrypt your files after you pay, there is still no guarantee, let alone the fact that technical issues may emerge that could cut the connection with the remote server. All in all, we never encourage anyone to pay the ransom fee because that would mean supporting cybercrime. Of course, we cannot stop anyone to do so if the encrypted files are that important and there seems to be no other way out. But even if you end up paying, in the end, it is essential that you remove Defray Ransomware from your system to be able to use it again.
These cyber criminals seem to target their victims knowingly. They use customized phishing e-mails to infect them. This mail contains a Word document that could pose as a patient report in the case of hospitals, for instance, containing a video. However, clicking on this video or enabling macros would be an even bigger mistake than opening this document as that would simply initiate this vicious attack. You need to understand that even if your e-mail server or client is protected with a strong spam filter, it is always possible for more sophisticated spam e-mails to slip through. Such a mail may end up in your spam folder but since it poses as something urgent and important, you would probably want to see its content right away. As we have said, it could be about a patient awaiting life-saving surgery and this supposed report could contain vital information. But it could also be about an overdue invoice and so on; anything that a company worker would feel important to check. But this could cost the whole company dearly. We recommend that you always double-check with the sender whenever in doubt. Of course, this may not be possible when you have to deal with dozens of e-mails a day or even more. But it is still very important that you do not open e-mails that are somehow out of place or raise your doubt. Remember that by the time you delete Defray Ransomware, there will be no chance to save your files from encryption.
This dangerous ransomware program uses the combination of AES-256 and RSA-2048 algorithms to encrypt your documents, databases, project files, images, archives, and more. This could cause a serious devastation for any corporations, such as hospitals, educational institutions, and the like. Since these companies will not be able to do anything to recover their files, it is possible that they will actually pay in order to get the decryption key. Otherwise, these criminals would not try to attack them in the first place. Unlike most of its predecessors, this malicious program does not append a new extension to the encrypted files. It creates two ransom note text files on your system. One, called "HELP.txt" on your desktop and one, called "FILES.TXT" in every folder where it has encrypted files.
This vicious threat also deletes your shadow volume copies in order to stop you from being able to recover your files through Windows, and it also blocks your Task Manager and a few other processes so that you cannot kill the malicious process or do anything against this ransomware program while it is operating. We have found though that after a few minutes these blocks seem to be released, which could be due to a program crash. The ransom note is identical in both files and it instructs the reader to contact the IT department. The victims are asked to pay $5,000 in Bitcoins and to contact these criminals via e-mail (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com). As a matter of fact, it is never safe to even contact such crooks as you may get more infections in a reply to extort more money from you. It is not likely that malware hunters will come up with a free tool to recover files after this attack as personal users seem to be safe from this particular ransomware. Still, we advise you to remove Defray Ransomware if you find it on your computer.
Corporation must have huge resources to save regular backups. So it is possible that they can recover their files quite easily; well, most of the files probably. But do you have a backup? Are you prepared to be hit by such a severe threat? It can happen to basically anyone. All it takes is opening a spam e-mail and downloading the attachment, or landing on a malicious page armed with Exploit Kits that can drop such a ransomware in not time behind your back when the browser and the drivers are not up-to-date. So be more cautious around your mails and keep all your programs updated. If you want to delete Defray Ransomware and the related files, please follow our guide below. But, if you would like to protect your computer against all known malicious threats, we advise you to install a trustworthy anti-malware program like SpyHunter.