Your personal files must be protected against ANATOVA Ransomware and hundreds of other similar infections because if they get encrypted, recovering them will not be possible. According to our research team, the files corrupted by this ransomware cannot be restored because the encryption algorithm is complicated, and the decryptor has not been made public. It is unlikely that it will become public too. After execution, this malware can encrypt documents, photos, and other files of various formats to ensure that they cannot be opened and read. The intention behind this is to push all victims into a corner and make them pay money for a decryptor. Does this tool exist? Does it work? This is unknown because even if you pay the ransom, you are unlikely to get access to it. At the end of the day, cyber criminals are interested only in getting the money, and they could not care less about your files. So, what are you supposed to do? We suggest that you delete ANATOVA Ransomware.
We cannot say how you let ANATOVA Ransomware into your Windows operating system, but you need to figure that out because you want to patch the security vulnerability immediately. Note that the same backdoor could have been used by other threats that also require removal. If you do not think that you need to remove other infections besides the malicious ransomware, employ a legitimate malware scanner to make sure of it. If you discover other threats, get rid of them immediately or, better yet, employ a tool that will clear your operating system from all threats at once. Did you find ANATOVA Ransomware before your files were encrypted? That is very unlikely. More likely, you realized that this malware exists once the ANATOVA.txt file was created. This is a text file that includes a unique code and a short message. It is okay to open this file, but you will need to delete it once you start eliminating the threat. At the end of the day, it belongs to a malicious infection.
The message inside the ANATOVA Ransomware text file claims that you must pay 10 DASH – at the time of research, this was around $650 or €570 – for a decryptor that, allegedly, can restore the corrupted files. According to our researchers, two unique wallets (XpRvUwSjSeHfJqLePsRfQtCKa1VMwaXh12 and XktLWbv68EU9XhYBuvrAGtbZHronyJDt1L) were used for the collection of ransom payments. The TXT file instructs that once the ransom is paid, the victim must email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm it and receive the tool. In fact, paying the ransom and then exposing your email address are the two worst things you could do. First of all, it is unlikely that your money would be put to good use, and the decryptor is likely to remain out of research. Second, if cyber criminals learn your email address, they can continue terrorizing you and exposing to scams and phishing attacks in the future. So, although the message represented by ANATOVA Ransomware suggests that you have an option, in reality, you should focus on removing the threat.
Can you remove ANATOVA Ransomware manually? We cannot know that because it depends on your skills and previous experiences. Also, you need to know where the .exe file that launched the infection is. If you lack skills and experience, deleting ANATOVA Ransomware manually can be very challenging, if not impossible. What are you supposed to do in this kind of situation? You have the option of installing anti-malware software. It will automatically find and erase every single threat that exists on your operating system, and it will also ensure that you do not need to worry about malware attacks in the future. You also cannot forget to think about the protection of your personal files. Although the ones corrupted by the ransomware cannot be salvaged, in the future, be sure to back your files up. If copies exist, you will not need to worry about losing it again. If you have backups already, go ahead and delete the ransomware along with the affected files.