Iron Ransomware might take you by surprise, but this infection is extremely annoying and destructive. It can encrypt most of your files in a flash. Normally, when we think about removing malware, we imagine that once we get rid of it, everything will go back to normal. However, that does not apply to ransomware. Even if we were to remove Iron Ransomware for good, the encrypted files would remain. That is the biggest downside of such infection, and if you want to get your files back, you need to think of all the places where you could have saved them.
Does this mean that computer security experts do not look for a decryption key? It depends. Usually, when the infection is really “popular” and affects a lot of users, the chances of security researchers finding the decryption key are bigger. But when an infection is not that wide-spread the users might be left to deal with it individually. Granted, Iron Ransomware is not a lone wolf, as the program comes from the Maktub Ransomware family. However, belonging to a certain ransomware family does not automatically mean that one decryption key fits all the programs in the group. Each infection will have a unique decryption key, and it might be really challenging to decrypt them.
You were probably infected with Iron Ransomware when you opened some random document file from an email. Of course, it only looked like a document file. The truth is that ransomware programs often get distributed via spam email attachments, where users are urged to check important documents, but instead, opening those documents leads to ransomware infection. If you did not expect to receive an email message from any corporation, firm, or service, you should be really careful about downloading the attached files and opening them. If you must, please scan the attached file with a security tool because that could save you the trouble of dealing with a malware infection later on.
The infection itself is your regular ransomware program that encrypts user’s files and then displays a ransom note. The ransom note says that “your documents, photos, databases and other important files have been encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key, generated for this computer.” Then it says that you need to pay 0.2 BTC to the given Bitcoin wallet address, and then contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for the decryption key. It is more than obvious that you should refrain from paying these criminals. Not to mention that 0.2 BTC is more than $1,600 and it is very doubtful whether you can throw that much for a few files.
In fact, there is no guarantee that these criminals would issue the decryption key you need. Therefore, if you have copies of your data saved in an external hard drive, you just need to remove Iron Ransomware, delete the encrypted files, and transfer the healthy copies of your data back into your computer. If you failed to backup parts of your data, you might have to come to terms with the fact that it is no longer available. On the other hand, there might be other ways to restore your files, so please refer to professional technicians for that. As far as your system’s security is concerned, you should definitely invest in a legitimate antispyware tool.