Bart Ransomware might be distributed through suspicious Zip archives sent by email. The malware infects user’s computer if he opens any file that is placed in the downloaded archive. When the encryption process is finished, the infection displays a ransom note, which explains how to get a password to unlock files. The good news is that the malicious program does not lock users' screen. Thus, you can easily remove this threat from your system and scan your computer with reliable antimalware software. Bart Ransomware should leave only a couple of files on your system that will be mentioned in the removal instructions at the end of this article. We will also explain more to you about the malware and its working manner in the rest of the text.
The malicious application infects computers of users who do not have a reliable antimalware tool and are too careless towards email attachments. Bart Ransomware is spread via email letters that carry a malicious Zip archive. These files might be called as Photos.zip, image.zip, and so on. Despite that, the contents of the archive might not include photos or images. If this is not enough for users to get suspicious, they should be alerted to the fact that it comes from an unknown source. If you do not want to make the same mistake again, try to avoid such files in the future. Another great idea would be to increase your computer's protection with a legitimate antimalware tool.
Furthermore, the research shows that Bart Ransomware can encrypt files without connecting to Command and Control server through the Internet. The malware should encrypt all data, except system or other program files. Personal data should be added to Zip archives that are protected with a password. For example, a locked image might look like image.jpg.bart.zip. Our specialists are not one hundred percent sure, but they think that each file could be protected with a different password. Obviously, decrypting your data without special software would be impossible.
The malware’s creators offer the password in exchange of 2 BTC. If you convert 2 BTC into US dollars, you will get around $1300, but the numbers might change quickly because Bitcoin currency rates are unstable. As you realize, the malware’s creators are quite greedy as they ask for a lot of money. The worst part is that you cannot be sure if you will get this password or if it really exists. Because of this, we do not recommend paying the ransom, even if you had irreplaceable files on your computer. Instead, users could erase Bart Ransomware from the system, and if you have some copies of your data on removable media, you can transfer it once the infection is gone.
Even though Bart Ransomware should delete itself after it encrypts your data, it is better to take extra precautions. Since the ransomware could be updated and it may have versions that might work slightly differently, it is important to perform a full system scan with a reliable antimalware tool. If there is anything malicious left on your system, the antimalware tool should be able to track it and delete it. What's more, the malware could change your desktop wallpaper with an image called recover.bmp or add a text document titled as recover.txt. If you see the instructions little below this text, they will tell you where these files are located and how to get rid of them.