J Ransomware is one of the newest ransomware-type infections that might enter your PC illegally one day. It might use other names, e.g. J-Ransomware or J-Ransom, but we can assure you that it is one and the same threat. Unlike similar infections, it does not apply any important changes on affected systems. It only drops a new file on those PCs – a ransom note in a .txt format. Even though it is not one of those sophisticated ransomware infections, it still encrypts users’ files. While the majority of ransomware infections lock users’ personal data seeking to obtain money from users, J Ransomware does not demand a ransom. Because of this, we suspect that it might still be in development. In any event, do not forget to delete J Ransomware fully from your system if your PC ever gets infected with it because you might accidentally launch its malicious file again and discover your new files encrypted. Ransomware infections usually use a strong cipher to lock the personal data they find stored on computers, so the decryption process will not be easy, we can assure you, no matter what ransomware infection you encounter.
Without a doubt, J Ransomware is one of those crypto-threats, even though it is still more a project rather than a real threat, so do not be surprised if you discover a ton of files locked on your PC after its entrance. Luckily, it is an infection that encrypts only those files located in specific directories: Desktop and one folder called My Pictures. Although you will not see when the encryption process starts and finishes, it will not take long to realize that files can no longer be opened because they have been locked by the ransomware infection. It is because J Ransomware appends new extensions to all encrypted files – they all receive the cute extension .LoveYou. Unfortunately, there is nothing cute about it in reality. Theoretically, only a special decryption tool can remove this extension from files and thus unlock them; however, J Ransomware does not offer users to purchase it, and its ransom note does not contain any information about the decryption, so it might be impossible to decrypt them. The only sentence ReadMe.txt, which is the ransom note of J Ransomware, contains, is the following: “Hey you !! Congratulations. Your fucking files are all encoded.” Do not give up too soon – it might be possible to restore files from a backup. We are sure the majority of users have at least some of their files on an external hard drive, a smartphone, or some kind of online storage provider. Delete the ransomware infection from your PC before you take action to get your files back because these restored files might be encrypted again.
We cannot say much about the distribution of J Ransomware because this infection is not distributed actively yet. According to specialists working at 411-spyware.com, if it ever becomes a widely-spread infection, it will surely be promoted via spam email campaigns. Malicious applications spread in emails are not dropped on users’ PCs when these emails are opened. They find a way to users’ PCs only if users open malicious attachments promoted as, for example, important documents or click on links they find in the email body. Prevention is the key to a safe and sound computer, so all users having PCs connected to the Internet should find a moment to install a reputable security application. You must still stay away from spam emails, dubious websites, and suspicious links/ads after enabling security software on your system.
J Ransomware is not one of those threats making hundreds of changes on victims’ computers after the successful entrance, so you should not find its removal an arduous task either. Specifically speaking, there are only two removal steps you need to perform to erase this malicious application manually: first, remove the ransom note ReadMe.txt from Desktop and delete recently downloaded files you find suspicious from %USERPROFILE%\Desktop, %USERPROFILE%\Downloads, and %TEMP%. These are three directories in which malicious files tend to hide. If you cannot find ransomware components anywhere, it would be best to scan the system with an automated scanner. Ordinary antimalware tools are too weak to decrypt users’ files locked by ransomware infections, so you will continue seeing files with the .LoveYou extension after the automatic J Ransomware removal too.