If your files have become unreadable, and the “.explorer” extension was added to their names, Explorer Ransomware must have found its way into your Windows operating system. This devious infection employs an encryption algorithm to corrupt your files, and that is done for the sole purpose of making you pay a ransom. Unfortunately, we do not know exactly how big this ransom fee is because the message created by the infection does not disclose it. In order to get more information, you have to email cyber crooks at firstname.lastname@example.org. Is this a good idea? If you continue reading, you will learn why that might be risky. Of course, we also discuss the removal of the malicious threat. If you are interested in deleting Explorer Ransomware as well, you need to continue reading.
Explorer Ransomware was created using the same open source code as HUSTONWEHAVEAPROBLEM Ransomware, BrainLag Ransomware, RanRans Ransomware, and many other well-known infections. Although they fall under the same “Hidden Tear” umbrella, they generally are very different because they are created by different parties. Overall, all ransomware infections have similarities. For example, in most cases, users are exposed to them via corrupted spam emails. Of course, some can be executed by worms or clandestine Trojans, but that is rare. Now, that does not mean that you can evade malicious ransomware infections by being more cautious with the emails you open. While most ransomware developers are amateurs, some are truly smart, and they know exactly which security vulnerabilities to exploit to achieve the best results.
Once Explorer Ransomware is in, it immediately encrypts files. If you do not realize that the file you opened was malicious, you will not realize that something bad (i.e., the encryption) is happening because this process is very quick and very silent. Once the files are encrypted, a new image will appear instead of your regular Desktop background. It represents the same message that can be found within the READ_IT.txt file. This file should be created on Desktop, but copies could be placed in various folders. According to the message, to get “documents, photos, databases,” and other supposedly important files decrypted, the victim must email email@example.com. If you did that, you would get instructions explaining how to pay the ransom. Unfortunately, some users are likely to rush into this because of the promise suggesting that the ransom would not be as high if action was taken within 24 hours.
Communicating with cyber criminals is never a good idea. If you are not cautious, they could easily trick you into disclosing private information or, possibly, letting in different threats. The worst part is that they could attack you at any point, which is why you do not want your personal email address recorded and exploited by schemers and malware distributors. How can you protect yourself against that? Well, you could skip on emailing the developer of Explorer Ransomware. After all, it is unlikely that you would get your files decrypted even if you paid the ransom. If you want to contact cyber criminals anyway, we advise using an unused or completely new email address. Also, do not share personal information, and be cautious when opening links or downloading software. Even if it is introduced to you as a decryptor, it could be an infection in disguise.
You have to decide if you want to remove Explorer Ransomware manually or if you want to employ software to handle that automatically. If other infections are active, a legitimate anti-malware tool can save you time. Furthermore, the elimination of malicious infections is not always straightforward, and you might have a hard time cleaning your operating system manually. If you cannot uncover the launcher of Explorer Ransomware, you cannot get rid of it manually. Considering that you need to install anti-malware software anyway, we suggest employing it to automatically erase the ransomware. Note that if you do not install this software, your operating system will remain vulnerable, and other infections will be able to attack in the future.