Gr3g Ransomware is yet another way for cyber criminals to make a living out of extorting money from victims by promising them the decryption key. This ransomware can encrypt your files in no time after it is activated on your system. We have found that this malware infection could be a new variant of Yyto Ransomware, which surfaced in May, 2017, about half a year ago. This vicious program targets all your personal files in order to cause the most possible damage to you if you are not willing to pay the ransom fee. Unfortunately, we have not found any free tools on the web yet that you could use to recover your encrypted files. This means that your only way out of this nightmare is to have a recent backup of your files stored on a portable hard drive or in cloud storage. Without this backup you could really lose all your important files. We hope that it is clear now that you need to remove Gr3g Ransomware if you want to use your computer. But before you set out to eliminate this dangerous threat, let us tell you more about it so that you can defend your system more effectively in the future.
It seems that this malicious program is mainly spread in two ways. First, you may receive a spam mail with an attachment. If you open this spam, you may also want to see its attached file, which is indeed the malicious executable. Of course, this attachment is disguised so that you could not recognize it right away as a malicious file. The file may be called "rasmans.exe" but in the spam this name could be altered so you may see "rasmans.JPEG.exe" that could make you think that it is an image file. Cyber criminals usually use fake image, document, or .zip files to deceive victims. This spam is built from the start (sender and subject fields) to serve one purpose only: To appear to be convincing enough for you to want to open it and view the attachment. Because once you run this attached file, you will not be able to delete Gr3g Ransomware without the devastation encryption can cause on your hard disk.
It is also possible that you download this malicious file from a shady file-sharing website, such as a torrent and freeware page. If you want to download free applications, you should always use official pages. If you like to watch movies or TV series online, subscribe to a legitimate streaming website. This way you can protect your computer from infecting it with bundles of threats, which you would be quite likely to drop if you keep visiting suspicious pages. Such a bundle could be packed with several malicious software installers and potentially unwanted programs as well. If this is how you may have let this beast loose on your system, we suggest that after you delete Gr3g Ransomware, you also run a reliable online malware scanner to identify all other threats as well.
This dangerous ransomware program uses the AES algorithm to encrypt your files and then, the RSA-1024 algorithm to create a private key. This combination is practically impossible to crack. This infection may encrypt all your important files, including your images, PDF and other documents files, videos, databases, and archives as well. The affected files get a ".firstname.lastname@example.org" extension, which makes it easier for you to identify this threat and measure the damage it has done. This ransomware drops the ransom note text file called "Readme.txt" possibly in every folder where files have been infected.
You are given 96 hours to contact these cyber crooks via e-mail. You have to write an e-mail to "email@example.com" and you can only use Yahoo, Gmail, and Mail service providers to do so. You can also send 3 small files to decrypt for free as a proof that they have the private key. Nevertheless, we do not advise you to contact these criminals, let alone pay the ransom fee. There is only little chance that they will send you the key anyway. We recommend that you remove Gr3g Ransomware right away before you start copying your backup back, if you have any.
First of all, you should kill the malicious process via Task Manager and then, you can eliminate this dangerous threat and its related files. We have provided you with the necessary instructions below this report. However, you may want to use a professional malware removal application like SpyHunter to automatically take care of all possible threats hiding on your system and the future ones as well.