Rotor Ransomware is an unusual malicious program that never leaves you alone. When we deal with ransomware infections, we often can expect them to leave users be once they have encrypted most of their files. However, Rotor Ransomware is different because it continues to encrypt new files even after the initial encryption is complete. Therefore, when you get down to removing this infection, you will have to kill the program’s process to stop it from encrypting your files. Also, you will have to look for ways to restore your files because there is no public decryption tool for this ransomware available.
In some cases, you may also find articles about this infection under the RotorCrypt Ransomware keyword. Sometimes the same program gets more than one name depending on who researches it. Nevertheless, please be aware of the fact that we are dealing with the infection here, even if it has two names.
It is hard to pinpoint the exact vector of distribution because this program may be distributed through a number of various means. Of course, it is very likely that it comes as spam email attachment because that is the most common way for ransomware to spread around. However, it is also possible that the installer file gets distributed through social engineering messages, random pop-ups, and drive-by downloads. This clearly shows that users have to exercise caution when they browse the web because you can never know when you will encounter something like Rotor Ransomware.
Aside from the fact that the program continues to encrypt new files on the affected system, there is also something rather peculiar about Rotor Ransomware. Normally, upon the encryption, ransomware infections display ransom notes. The note might be displayed on the desktop as a background or it could be dropped as a text file, too. Either way, that note is important because it tells users about what (more or less) happened, and then it usually lays down payment demands. While computer security experts maintain that paying the ransom is never an option, such notes actually give us more information on the infection.
Rotor Ransomware, on the other hand, does not present us with a note. Instead, it appends an email address as an extension to every single encrypted file. We can only assume that this way, users are urged to contact the creators of this infection using the given email address. And there are quite a few emails out there. We have noticed fourteen addresses so far, including GEKSOGEN911@GMAIL.COM, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com.
As far as the removal process for Rotor Ransomware is concerned, it is not that complicated. Perhaps the most frustrating part about ransomware infection is that there is no way to revert the damage caused by the encryption, unless you have the unique decryption key, of course. That is why computer security experts maintain that it is extremely important to backup your data either on a cloud drive or an external storage disk. That way, you would be able to transfer all the healthy files back into your system once it is clean again. And do not forget to acquire a reliable antispyware tool that would safeguard your system against various threats in the future.