A new infection – AndreaGalli Ransomware – has been spotted in the wild, but it is not very likely that many users have already encountered it because it still seems to be in development. We say so because research has shown that this Hidden Tear-based ransomware infection encrypts files in only one folder named test. It is not very likely that we could find many users who have such a folder on their Desktops. As a consequence, even if they ever encounter this ransomware infection, it does not mean that any of their files will be encrypted. Of course, it does not mean that the ransomware infection cannot be taken over by cyber criminals seeking to extract money from users in the future. If this ever happens, you might find more personal files encrypted after the successful entrance of this ransomware infection. All ransomware infections are developed to obtain money from users. Even though the version of AndreaGalli Ransomware analyzed by our specialists did not ask for a cent from users (its ransom note was completely empty), there is a 99% possibility that it will demand a ransom if it is ever updated. You should never pay money to malicious software developers because this act will give them a kick to create new infections. Do not be so sure that you will not encounter them yourself.
Specialists at 411-spyware.com have analyzed AndreaGalli Ransomware soon after they have discovered it. Research has shown that this infection only encrypts the %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\test folder, which suggests that the malicious application is still in development, or it has been created for testing purposes. It has been found that AndreaGalli Ransomware adds the .locked extension to files it affects, but, as mentioned, the chances are high that you will not find this extension appended to any personal file you have since it encrypts the folder the majority of ordinary users do not have on their PCs. What else shows that AndreaGalli Ransomware is not working properly is the empty ransom note readme.txt it drops on the affected computer. Ransom notes contain information on how to unlock encrypted files. Usually, users are asked to send an indicated amount of money to the developer of malware. Even though AndreaGalli Ransomware does not demand the ransom for the time being, we cannot guarantee that this will not change in the future once it is updated. Of course, there is a possibility that this will never happen.
AndreaGalli Ransomware is not prevalent malware, so it is not very likely that you will encounter it; however, it does not mean that you can act in a careless way because there are so many other malicious applications that might slither onto your computer and cause you problems. As far as we know, no new ransomware distribution methods have been invented. That is, infections are still distributed using good old methods. Security specialists say that serious malware is often distributed via spam emails. These emails might not look harmful at all, but you should never open an email that has been filtered to the Spam folder. Clicking on the link an email contains is not a smart decision at all either. Additionally, refrain yourself from downloading applications from dubious file-sharing websites. Finally, improve your system’s overall security by installing an antimalware tool on your computer. If it ever happens that you click the Download button to download malware masqueraded as useful software, your antimalware tool will recognize it and protect your system against it.
No matter what kind of malicious application you encounter, you must delete it from your system as soon as possible, even if it has not caused you any harm – you cannot know when it will be updated and start working in full swing. You do not need to have specific knowledge to remove AndreaGalli Ransomware from your computer manually because you will get rid of this infection by simply deleting two files it has: 1) the malicious file that launches the ransomware infection and 2) the ransom note. You can find the step-by-step instructions that will help you to take care of it below this article.