You do not need to do much to protect your operating system against Boot Ransomware and similar threats; however, if you do not put in any effort to ensure that your system is secured, this malware could slither in without you even realizing. The cybercriminals behind this malicious threat could easily hide it within software bundles, they could introduce the launcher as a harmless email attachment, or they could exploit remote access vulnerabilities to drop the infection without permission. Other methods could be employed as well. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are smart, and they know what kinds of security backdoors they can exploit. That is why Karl Ransomware, Kuub Ransomware, Seto Ransomware, and other infections from the STOP Ransomware have been attacking vulnerable Windows systems successfully. Unfortunately, once this malware slithers in, you only have a moment to remove it, and since it slithers in stealthily, you might not get a chance to do it. Of course, deleting Boot Ransomware is crucial.
You can easily identify Boot Ransomware by looking at your personal files. Your documents, photos, and other personal files should have the “.boot” extension appended to their names, and it should be impossible for you to read them normally. That is because the data of your files is changed, and normal programs cannot read them. The attackers behind the infection want you to believe that they have the program that could decrypt files, but you have to be careful about how you take the information provided to you by cybercriminals. Boot Ransomware was created to help them make money, and they could feed you lies and false promises just to get it. A file named “_readme.txt” is created to deliver a message from these attackers. They suggest that paying $490 for “decrypt tool and unique key” is what you need to do. Even if you have that kind of money to spare, we suggest that you look into other ways of recovering your personal files. In fact, even if paying the ransom was your only option, we would not recommend doing it. If you pay it, your money is likely to be wasted for no good reason.
If the victims of Boot Ransomware are pushed into believing that they need to pay the ransom, they are instructed to email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org first. These email addresses have been linked to most of the infections that derive from the STOP Ransomware family, and it appears that we are dealing with the same attackers. If you contact them, they would definitely give you more information about paying the ransom, but they could also record your email address and use it to scam you in the future. Perhaps the attackers would not try it right away, but if they wait some time, their chances of tricking you once more could be better. Furthermore, your email address could be shared with other malicious parties. So, if you do not want to have your inbox flooded with spam and phishing emails, we suggest that you at least create an email account that you could remove after communicating with the creator of Boot Ransomware. Of course, we do not recommend communicating with them at all.
Victims of the infections from the STOP Ransomware family have been reporting successful application of a tool called “STOP Ransomware Decryptor.” This tool does not work with all versions, and, in some cases, it only decrypts files that were locked using an offline key. While successful decryption is not guaranteed, the tool is free, and you can try using it. Of course, you do not need to resort to this if you have backups stored outside the infected computer. Once you remove Boot Ransomware and the corrupted files, connect to your backup and transfer the healthy copies of your personal files back onto your computer. In the future, do not forget to backup all files to ensure that you cannot be terrorized by cybercriminals. It is also crucial that you secure your operating system, which is easiest to do using anti-malware software. We also advise installing it to have Boot Ransomware deleted automatically. If that is not your preferred option, use the guide below, but do not forget that you will need to find the launcher yourself.