Synack Ransomware is a new malicious threat that can encrypt important files on your system and attack all other computers that are connected or mapped to it. It seems that this vicious ransomware program mostly targets companies and businesses that certainly have enough capital to pay for the decryption service. An individual computer user would most likely not have thousands of dollars to pay for some old pictures and documents. It is essential that even if you are a personal user, you start saving backups as such a copy can be a "lifesaver" when it comes to malicious attacks by ransomware threats. We recommend the use of a removable hard disk but you can also use cloud storage; although, we need to mention that certain ransomware can also login to cloud storage and encrypt all your files there, too. It seems that there is no other possible way for you to recover your files after this attack than paying the ransom, but let us warn you that it is always risky to do so since there is no guarantee that these cyber criminals will really decrypt your files. We recommend that you remove Synack Ransomware right away after you notice it has hit you. Please read on to find out more about this dangerous malware infection.
Since this ransomware mainly attacks companies, the most likely way for it to appear on your computer is via RDP attacks, which means that these criminals can exploit poorly configured remote desktop software and hack into your system with brute-force attack or even using social engineering techniques. Once they gain access to your system, they can easily install this infection and even remove Synack Ransomware after the dirty job is done. Therefore, it could be hard for an inexperienced user to identify this particular ransomware as it does not seem to leave a mess behind. This attack takes place without your knowledge as you will never see it coming. However, once these crooks manage to get into your system, they can also infect all other computers that are connected or mapped to yours. This means that by infecting one single computer, they may be able to encrypt all the important files on most of the computers at a company. This can cause possibly irrevocable devastation for businesses that handle great amount of data, especially when this data is supposed to be sensitive or top secret. Nowadays, these companies should have backup drives to save important data even every day to make sure there is no data loss of any kind. However, if this backup drive is connected to the system, there is a good chance that it will also get infected and thus encrypted. Therefore, it is essential that the backup is always disconnected when not in use. In this case, we do not need to emphasize the need to delete Synack Ransomware and all related files since this infection seems to take care of it itself.
This dangerous ransomware seems to use "ecies-secp192r1 & aes-ecb-256" as per its ransom note called "RESTORE_INFO-[id].txt" dropped on your desktop. This malware infection is supposed to target all important program files, documents, databases, and archives as well as to encrypt them in order to extort money from you for the decryption service. The affected files do not get the same extensions as a hallmark for this infection but, instead, a 10-character code is added as extension, which is unique for all files. The ransom note instructs you to contact your attackers by sending an e-mail. Our research indicates that there has already been three different variants spreading on the web since the beginning of August, 2017. These variants use a slightly different note as well as e-mail and BitMessage addresses. So you can find either "email@example.com," "firstname.lastname@example.org," or "email@example.com" depending on your version. It seems that this ransomware demands you to pay as much as 2,100 US dollars worth of Bitcoins following the instructions you are supposed to get in a reply message. Obviously, we cannot promote paying ransom fees since this would be tantamount to supporting cyber criminals to commit more crimes. We would advise you to remove Synack Ransomware immediately instead.
However, as we have already mentioned, this ransomware seems to delete itself once the encryption is done. It may leave the ransom note on your desktop though, which you can manually delete. It is also advisable to check all your default and preferred download directories for any suspicious executable files that you may have saved from a spam e-mail or the web recently because you may have to delete those, too. As a matter of fact, if you want to make sure that your system is all clean and healthy, you should employ a professional anti-malware program like SpyHunter. It is also recommended that you update all your programs and drivers regularly.