Did you know that your own carelessness could lead to the invasion of Avest Ransomware? According to our malware experts, the victims of this malware usually have no one else to blame for the attacks of this malware but themselves, and that is because the threat is executed when they open corrupted spam email attachments or if they leave their systems and software vulnerable and exposed. If the infection is allowed into an operating system, it encrypts files right away. After encryption, you should find the “.ckey([unique key]).email(firstname.lastname@example.org).pack14” extension attached to the corrupted files. Do not bother removing this extension. Instead, focus on deleting Avest Ransomware. What about your personal files? Shouldn’t you focus on restoring them first? As it turns out, you can decrypt your files for free, and so you do not need to worry about them at all.
Whether you identify Avest Ransomware by the name that stems from the words “ЗАО Авест” included in the infection’s installer or as Pack14 Ransomware (derives from the added extension), you need to look at this malware seriously. Sure, you can decrypt the files corrupted by it using the free Emisoft decryptor, but there is more to the attack. First and foremost, you need to recognize that your virtual security has been jeopardized. Did that happen because you did not have reliable security software supporting you? You can choose to leave your operating system unguarded, but if that is your choice, you need to be on high alert the moment you turn on your computer. You cannot download, click, open, run, or install mindlessly because any action could help Avest Ransomware and similar threats to slither in. That is why reliable protection is needed. Not only would a reliable anti-malware tool delete incoming threats, but it would also ensure that your files remain safe.
Did you know that there are infections capable of wiping your files from your operating system? Did you know that some infections can steal your files? Also, note that Avest Ransomware is not the only file-encryptor out there. In fact, there are thousands of different versions of this malware, including Crash ransomware, Reco Ransomware, MedusaLocker Ransomware, or Freezing Ransomware, just to name a few. Unfortunately, wiped/removed files cannot be restored, and most ransomware infections do not have free decryptors. This is exactly why you need backups. Choose an online storage you like, or invest in an external drive, and always backup all personal files to ensure that copies exist. This is your insurance against malware and cybercriminals. The attackers behind Avest Ransomware create a file named “!!!Readme!!!Help!!!.txt” after encryption, and the message inside is meant to convince the victim to email email@example.com. Do not do this unless you want to have your inbox flooded with misleading emails or be tricked into paying for a decryption tool whose existence cannot be confirmed.
Luckily, you do not need to do what cybercriminals want you to do. A free decryptor was created, and you should be able to use it successfully to have the files corrupted by Avest Ransomware decrypted. All you need to be cautious about are counterfeit versions of this tool. After all, wherever there’s demand – supply follows, and cybercriminals could use this opportunity to expose you to new threats. Once you have Avest Ransomware removed and your personal files restored, do not pretend like nothing bad happened. You got lucky this time, but the next infection you might face could be much more dangerous. We advise implementing trusted security software and backing up files immediately. Our research team is prepared to continue discussing ransomware and virtual security with you, and if you are interested in that, post your questions in the comments area below.