Revenge Ransomware is a new danger to your computer and your precious personal files. If this beast can sneak onto your system, you have little chance left to save your files since this vicious ransomware program encrypts them all. Your only chance to restore your files is to have a backup on a removable hard disk or to pay the ransom fee. However, paying these criminals may not mean that you will actually get the decryption key and software. Even if you get these vital things, once you seemingly recover your files, you may make your computer more vulnerable to future ransomware and other malicious attacks and exploitation. If your virtual security is of importance to you, we recommend that you remove Revenge Ransomware immediately. Keep in mind though that it does not mean that you will be able to use your encrypted files.
This ransomware infection seems to target five main regions based on its ransom note languages, which are English, Italian, Polish, German, and Korean. There are two main methods for this threat to spread on the net. First, it is possible that you download and activate it via spam e-mails. In fact, this is generally the number one method for cyber criminals to spread ransomware. It is quite easy to trick people because most of them are quite curious. This spam, for example, may seemingly come from an authority like the police. But the sender may also be an airline, a hotel, or a bank. The subject will always be about an invoice that has not been settled yet or there is an issue with the credit card or banking details given. When you find such a mail even in your spam folder you would be likely to click on it to see what the heck it could be about. However, you need to be extra careful because once you click on the attachment of this spam, there will be no way back. That is the moment when you infect your computer with this dangerous ransomware. Even if you delete Revenge Ransomware after this, you cannot stop the encryption process in time.
We have found that this ransomware program is also spread by using so-called Exploit Kits, such as RIG. This means that you need to keep all your browsers and Java and Adobe Flash drivers updated if you do not want to fall prey to such attacks. An Exploit Kit takes advantage of outdated versions and using the known security holes and software bugs, it drops this ransomware infection. In other words, special malicious pages are created with malicious Java and Flash content. When you land on such a page, a program code is triggered to drop this infection in the background as soon as the page loads. This clearly means that you do not even need to engage with the page and its content. This is rather dangerous because you can easily end up on such a malicious page if you click on questionable third-party ads and links. The only way for you to prevent such nightmares from happening is to update your software regularly and install a reliable anti-malware program for best protection. But right now the most important step is that you delete Revenge Ransomware.
When you initiate this attack without your knowledge, your computer may slow down as this ransomware uses up obvious system resources while encrypting the targeted personal files with AES-256 algorithm. In this attack you may lose all your images, videos, music files, documents, and archives. These files get a new extension, “[random string].REVENGE” that makes it clear what you have been hit with. This malware infection drops a ransom note text file called "# !!!HELP_FILE!!! #.TXT" in each affected folder. As we have already mentioned, this note is written in five languages, probably targeting those countries where these are the official languages.
You are informed in this note about the encryption of your files and that the only way for you to be able to restore them is to transfer the ransom fee to buy the software and decryption key. You are supposed to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also offered to send an encrypted file to be decrypted as proof. In a reply you are supposed to get further instructions about the payment. Although we have no information about the ransom fee yet, we can tell you that this amount is usually from 0.1 BTC to 1 BTC, which is about 108 USD to 1,080 USD. But no matter how much this fee is, we do not advise you to contact these crooks because there is no guarantee whatsoever for you to get the software and the decryption key. In fact, even if you were to get these and you could restore your files, you can be certain that you would simply make your PC more vulnerable and open for further malicious attacks. Therefore, we advise you to remove Revenge Ransomware immediately.
In order to stop this nightmare, first, you need to kill the malicious process that is operating in the background. Since this ransomware does not seem to block your system processes, you can easily open your Task Manager to identify and end the suspicious task. Once done, you can delete the related malicious executable file that you saved from the spam mail or dropped by visiting a malicious page. If you need assistance with this, please use our guide below. If you want to provide your virtual world proper protection, we suggest that you employ a trustworthy malware removal application, such as SpyHunter.