If a window with the character from the Annabelle film has appeared on your screen out of the blue, it must be true that Annabelle Ransomware has infiltrated your computer illegally and has already made modifications on it. Make sure you do not restart your computer twice if you have encountered it because this will not remove it from the system, and, on top of that, it will modify the Master Boot Record (MBR) on your computer if you do that. Unfortunately, the majority of users restart their computers and get the MBR changed on their systems. Because of this, they see a green window with the text when they turn on their computers. It is not the only modification Annabelle Ransomware makes. Researchers at 411-spyware.com have noticed immediately that it also blocks system utilities – Task Manager and Windows Explorer. Last but not least, it adds its entry in the system registry. As a consequence, specialists consider this malicious application sophisticated and say that users could not perform its removal easily. We will help you to fix the MBR if it has been changed and then remove the ransomware infection, but we, first, recommend reading this report till the end.
Annabelle Ransomware acts as a typical ransomware-type infection. Yes, it is slightly more sophisticated if compared to some other ransomware infections, but it also encrypts files on users’ computers. Without a doubt, cyber criminals have programmed it to encrypt files right away after infiltrating computers so that they would have a chance to extract money from victims. Once pictures, documents, videos, music, and all other files are locked, it restarts the victim’s computer and then displays a window with the Annabelle character. This ransom note provides answers to frequently asked questions. For example, it explains users what the reason they can no longer access the majority of their personal files is. In addition, users find out how to decrypt files locked by Annabelle Ransomware. This threat demands 0.01 Bitcoins in exchange for the personal key that can unlock files, but we do not think that it is a very good idea to transfer money to crooks. There are no guarantees that you could unlock your files after paying a ransom. They might not give you the personal key that can unlock files even if you send the required amount of money to them. In addition, if it has already modified the MBR on your system, we are 100% sure that it will not fix it to you, so do not send money to crooks for nothing. What we recommend doing instead if you have encountered Annabelle Ransomware is deleting this threat fully right away. Unfortunately, your files will not be unlocked when you erase this threat. Free decryption software that could do this for free does not exist either, which means that victims can restore their important files for free only from a backup.
Researchers working at 411-spyware.com do not have much information about the distribution of Annabelle Ransomware because it is still not a popular threat, but there is no doubt that it appears on users’ computers without their knowledge. The most likely scenario is that users themselves allow it to enter their computers without realizing that. Specialists say that this infection might also be spread via spam emails. In most cases, ransomware infections are masqueraded as important documents, so users open them fearlessly. This is the main mistake they make. In addition, specialists say that malicious applications might be downloaded from dubious websites as well. It is not very likely that inexperienced users could prevent all kinds of malicious applications from entering their computers themselves, so our security specialists say that there must be reputable antimalware software installed on all users’ computers with the Internet connection.
We cannot promise that the Annabelle Ransomware removal will not be complicated because it is considered sophisticated malware. Luckily, it can still be erased manually. What you need to do to erase it is to fix the modified MBR first. Then, erase its entry from the system registry. If you do not consider yourself an experienced user, you should know that you could download an antimalware scanner from the web after fixing the MBR and then remove Annabelle Ransomware by performing a full system scan with it once. Unfortunately, you will not find your files unlocked after you delete this threat.