Armage Ransomware is a piece of malware that could be introduced to you as a harmless file sent to you via spam email. It could also be represented as a harmless piece of software when you download something from unreliable sources. Due to this, it is perfectly just to identify this malware as a Trojan. Of course, we categorize it as ransomware because it is the kind of software that demands a ransom in return for a decrypter that, supposedly, can restore the files affected by the infection itself. Needless to say, this is a seriously malicious infection, and so you want to keep it away from your operating system. It is most important that you stay away from spam emails and suspicious downloaders, and install a trustworthy anti-malware tool to protect your operating system. You must not forget about this even if your system has been invaded already, and you need to delete Armage Ransomware. You should keep reading if you want to learn more.
Have you noticed that your personal files cannot be opened, and that the “.armage” extension is added to them? Do not bother with removing this extension because that will get you nowhere. If files cannot be opened, and this unique extension is appended, there is no doubt that Armage Ransomware encrypted them. This means that the data within the file was encoded. According to the ransom note, the AES 256 algorithm is used to corrupt files, and if that is the case, you are unlikely to be capable of deciphering the key yourself. That is what the creator of Armage Ransomware wants. If you realize that your files are corrupted, you are bound to cling to the first solution that comes your way. Unfortunately, malware researchers cannot offer you one because, at this time, a free decryptor does not exist. You could wait for one, but we do not know if it would be created at all. If you believe that you are out of options, you might decide to trust the creator of the ransomware, and they want you to believe that restoring files is easy.
The “solution” offered by the creator of Armage Ransomware is represented via a file called “Notice.txt.” You should find copies of this file in every folder that holds corrupted files. The message is very straightforward, and it simply instructs to email firstname.lastname@example.org to retrieve a “decryption key.” Needless to say, cyber criminals would not give you this key for free because that would beat the purpose. Instead, if you sent an email, you would be instructed to pay a ransom, and you need to think twice before you do that. Our research team does NOT recommend making any payments because that, most likely, would be a waste of your money. Cyber criminals are under no obligation to keep their word and give you anything in return for the ransom. In fact, they are likely to lose interest in you altogether the moment your money researches them. Of course, if you do not remove Armage Ransomware and do not reinforce the security of your operating system, you could experience attacks of other malicious infections soon enough.
If your virtual security important for you? We are sure that it is, and so you need to take steps that will ensure complete protection of your operating system moving from here on out. First, you need to remove Armage Ransomware, and, hopefully, you do not need to work hard at this because the threat should automatically eliminate itself after the encryption of your personal files. However, malware is pretty unpredictable, and so it would be a mistake to just assume that your system is malware-free. The least you should do is perform a full system scan. Obviously, if malware is found, you must erase it as soon as possible. We recommend installing anti-malware software. It can scan the system and immediately delete Armage Ransomware along with all other threats. Furthermore, it can protect the system against malware in the future. Unfortunately, your files are most likely lost for good, and so we suggest taking better care of your personal files in the future. The best thing you can do is set up a reliable backup to ensure that files are safe even if malware invades your computer.