Windows operating system users need to install reliable anti-malware software to protect them; otherwise, threats like Scarab-Oblivion Ransomware could start invading. This infection demands a ransom – which is why it is classified as ransomware – and it does that after it corrupts personal data. There are ransomware infections that demand payments, however, victims who face them cannot lose anything. The threat we are discussing in this report is not that kind. It successfully encrypts files using a special key, and the situation can be rectified only if a decryption key is applied. Needless to say, this is the thing that cyber criminals hold over the heads of their victims. The bad news is that you are unlikely to get this key even if you follow all instructions that are introduced to you. Does that mean that your personal files are lost? The ones that are corrupted are most likely lost. That is not the case if you have backups, but we discuss more about that later in the report. Of course, our focus is on deleting Scarab-Oblivion Ransomware because the sooner you remove this malicious infection, the better.
Did Scarab-Oblivion Ransomware slither in using the help of a misleading spam email? Was it downloaded silently? Did it come bundled with other malicious infections? In any case – and you might be unable to figure it out – you need to remove the infection right away. Of course, if you do not notice it come in, it will encrypt your data without you realizing it. Once personal files are fully encrypted, you should notice the extension added to the names. This is why the threat is usually referred to simply as Oblivion Ransomware. This malware is a variant of Scarab Ransomware, and our research team analyzed it a year prior to the emergence of Scarab-Oblivion Ransomware. Needless to say, cyber criminals are not sleeping, and they continue employing their experience and new tactics to continue invading the systems of gullible or careless Windows users. The ransom notes of these threats are different, and it is likely that the demands are different too. To introduce victims to them, the creator of the infection has created the “OBLIVION DECRYPTION INFORMATION.TXT” file. Whether there only one copy or multiple, you will need to remove it.
Opening the ransom note file is not dangerous, but following the instructions that are represented in the message within the file is a bad idea. If you follow them, you will send a special ID code to one of two emails (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com), or you will send it using the Telegram Messenger to “oblivionhelp.” And then you will wait for a response, which is meant to include a Bitcoin Wallet address and the exact sum of the ransom that must be transferred to it. The ransom note includes information on how to set up a wallet and how to purchase bitcoins. A warning at the bottom suggests that removing Scarab-Oblivion Ransomware using antivirus tools would create more problems. If you do not have backups, it is unlikely that anything or anyone can help you. If you have backups stored online or externally, you should not care about what would happen if you deleted Scarab-Oblivion Ransomware. Of course, most likely, nothing would happen at all.
Are you sure that Scarab-Oblivion Ransomware is the only infection on your operating system that requires removal? You can figure out what is actually going on by installing a reliable malware scanner. It will scan your operating system and list every single malicious file. This might also be helpful if you are interested in removing Scarab-Oblivion Ransomware manually. Should you do it yourself? The Scarab Ransomware would erase itself after execution, and, before that, its file would be located in the %APPDATA% directory. We cannot say whether that is what you will experience with the threat we are discussing. Overall, if you do not find the malicious .exe file, do not just assume that it does not exist. Install a malware scanner to figure that out for you. Better yet, install an automated anti-malware tool. It will automatically erase the malicious ransomware – and other threats too – and it will keep your operating system safe in the future.