Getting infected with malware is not terribly pleasant, but if you have to face Chinz Ransomware, you shouldn’t panic. Sure, this program is bound to encrypt most of your personal files, and then it will require you to contact its owners to learn more about the ransom fee. However, it is very likely that following the program’s orders would not solve anything. Instead, you should remove Chinz Ransomware from your system, and then check your external hard drive or any other storage space for the copies of your files. More often than not, it is possible to restore some of the most important files.
Users can avoid the likes of Chinz Ransomware if only they are familiar with ransomware distribution patterns. For the most part, ransomware spreads through spam email attachments, and we believe that’s how this program reaches its victims, too. Hence, to avoid the infection, you have to be wary of emails you receive from unknown parties. What’s more, the spam emails that carry the infection often sound very urgent, and they try to push the unsuspecting user into downloading and opening the attachments without any second thought. It’s actually one of the main red flags that can tell you the message is fake.
The good news is that Chinz Ransomware comes from the PHOBOS Ransomware family, so it is not an entirely new infection. The bad news is that there are no public decryption tools for the programs from this group. Hence, if you do not have a file backup, it might be quite troublesome to restore your files. On the other hand, you can always refer to a professional who would, perhaps, introduce you to other ways how you could get your files back. Although there is always a possibility that some of your data might be lost for good, so you should steel yourself for that.
Chinz Ransomware enters the system surreptitiously when you launch the file that carries the infection. It scans the entire computer looking for the files it can encrypt. Once it locates the file formats it can affect, Chinz Ransomware launches the encryption and modifies the files that you have on your computer. Needless to say, once the encryption is complete, you cannot open the affected files. Also, all the affected files have an additional extension added to their filenames. The extension will have your infection ID, the email you have to use to contact the criminals, and the “chinz” name in it. In a way, you could say that the extension is like a stamp that shows your files have been tampered with by this infection. But you probably do not need it to tell that something is terribly wrong.
To make matters worse, Chinz Ransomware will also display a ransom note on your screen. Here’s an extract from the said note:
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the email [EMAIL ADDRESS]
Write this ID in the title of your message: [ID]
In case of no answer in 24 hours, write us to this email: [EMAIL ADDRESS 2]
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the tool that will decrypt all your files.
Unfortunately, some users hurry to contact these criminals thinking that’s the fastest way to restore their data. However, there’s no guarantee that the criminals would issue the decryption key even if you pay the ransom. Hence, remove Chinz Ransomware right now, and then look for other ways to get your files back.