Comrade Circle Ransomware is an extremely devious infection that uses deception and misleading information to encrypt your personal files. Once the files are encrypted, the threat reveals itself with the help of a Desktop wallpaper and a TXT file that contains important information. Needless to say, this ransomware was not created to help you or assist you. It was created to force you into complying with ridiculous demands, which we will discuss further in this report. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that you will be able to get your files decrypted without losing your money at the same time. In fact, this is considered the best case scenario because it is also possible that you will lose the money and your files along with it. Needless to say, this ransomware is really scary, and, hopefully, you will not need to face it. If you have found it on your PC already, read this report to learn how to remove Comrade Circle Ransomware.
According to our researchers, Comrade Circle Ransomware is quite similar to Restore@protonmail.ch Ransomware. Both of these infections mimic Windows updates to ensure that the encryption of your files is uninterrupted. Once these threats are executed on the targeted operating systems, they turn the screen blue with a message that reads: “Configuring critical Windows Updates.” That is how these malicious ransomware infections successfully encrypt your files without any of your notice. Of course, once the deed is done, and your operating system becomes accessible again, you discover that your personal photos, documents, videos, music files and other data are encrypted. When it comes to Comrade Circle Ransomware, you can easily “unlock” your PC from the fake update screen via Task Manager. All you have to do is call the Task Manager by clicking Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and terminate the malicious process. It appears that the ransomware is operated with the file named “1.exe”, which is located in %TEMP%, and that might be the name of the process you need to kill.
During the fake “update” of your operating system, Comrade Circle Ransomware also creates a file called “RESTORE-FILES![random numbers].txt”, which is placed in various folders across your PC. This file represents the ransom note of cyber criminals, through which they request you to initiate communication. If you do as told, you will email the creator of the ransomware at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you will use the BitMessage system. BM-2cTivRoWe5eXdZAt8PqxTJ6tqaQwoaNt6tcontact is listed as the address that you can use. What happens if you contact cyber criminals? They will ask you to pay a ransom, which, according to our research, might reach 2 BTC, or 1236 USD. They might give you another option as well, which is joining the so-called “Comrade Circle team.” If you do that, the creator of the ransomware might force you into spreading the infection yourself. Due to this, the distribution of this infection is truly unpredictable. It could come via a spam email attachment sent from a cyber criminals’ email address. It could be silently downloaded by Trojans. You could also be exposed to it by your friends.
At the moment, it is impossible to decrypt the files with the “.comrade” extension without fulfilling the demands of cyber criminals. Although it is possible that a legit file decryptor will be created at some point in the future, the chances are very slim. At this point, cyber criminals have full control, and if you want your files back, you might have to obey them. Now, you do not have to do anything if your files are backed up, in which case, the only thing you should do is delete Comrade Circle Ransomware from your Windows operating system. Our research team has produced a removal guide that should help you erase the ransomware from your operating system. Obviously, that is not the best of choices. In our eyes, the best thing you can do is to install an automated malware remover tool that will automatically detect and eliminate all existing threats. Even better, this tool will keep your PC protected in the future.