R4bb0l0ck Ransomware is a dangerous computer infection that targets computer users in the Netherlands. The program slithers into your system surreptitiously, and then it expects you to pay a ransom fee, in order to retrieve your locked files. Computer security specialists say that paying the ransom is not an option, as it would only encourage the criminals to continue their malicious deeds. You need to remove R4bb0l0ck Ransomware from your system at once, and then look for ways to protect your computer from other intruders in the future. As for your files, it is possible to restore your files from a system backup.
This infection is not entirely new because it is based on the open source Hidden Tear ransomware. Sometimes even the installer file for the infection is called HiddenTear.exe in the wild. Therefore, it means that the program should have features similar to other applications that are based on the same code. Unfortunately, unlike browser hijackers or adware programs, ransomware infections do not share the same decryption keys and removal methods. Therefore, if one program from this group can be decrypted, it might not be applicable to another application. Thus, at the time of writing, there is no public decryption tool that would allow us to restore the affected files for free.
On the other hand, if you have a system backup, you do not need to worry about it. If you have copies of your files saved on some other storage, you can delete the encrypted files, remove R4bb0l0ck Ransomware, and then transfer the healthy copies back into your hard drive. Thus, you can see why it is important to back up your files once in a while, and why security experts insist that you did so. You can never know when you would receive a spam email message with the ransomware installer.
Of course, it should be possible to avoid the infection if you simply deleted the malicious email, but quite a few users are curious enough to open the file. That is because the files that carry R4bb0l0ck Ransomware often look like online store invoices and other possible important documents. Consequently, users download and open them without any second thought, and that is how the infection enters their computers.
The thing with R4bb0l0ck Ransomware is that this ransomware program does not lock up your screen and it does not have the Point of Execution. It does not display any kind of program window, so at first, you might not notice that you have been infected. However, the program will sure encrypt almost all of the files you use daily, and it will demand (in Dutch, obviously), that you contacted the people behind this via the firstname.lastname@example.org email address. Of course, it also gives you a deadline, saying that you need to send out a contact message within an hour; otherwise, you will not be able to retrieve your files.
Needless to say, you should never succumb to these threats. Simply remove R4bb0l0ck Ransomware from your system right now, and then scan it with the SpyHunter free scanner. You need to make sure that no other dangerous programs are installed on your computer. If any is found, delete them as well.