Devos Ransomware might not sound like a scary threat, but we can assure you that it is vicious. If it gets in, the malware encrypts all pictures, documents, and other personal files with a robust encryption algorithm. Since such data can only be restored with special decryption tools, it becomes unusable. What we call decryption tools is a decryptor and a decryption key. Both of these means are unique and cannot be downloaded from the Internet. Unfortunately, the hackers behind the malware are most likely the only ones who have these tools. They may offer to purchase them, but you should know that there are no reassurances that they will provide the decryption means even if they swear they will do so. If you do not believe them either, we advise you not to put up with any demands. Also, we recommend deleting Devos Ransomware with the help of our deletion steps or a reliable security tool.
To start with, you may want to know how a threat like Devos Ransomware could end up on your system. The truth is that you could be tricked into launching it if you are not careful enough. Such malicious applications often travel with emails and other messages from unknown senders or classified as Spam. Thus, it is best to be cautious with such messages. If they carry any files that you did not expect to receive, you should stay away from them or scan them with a reliable antimalware tool to find out whether they are dangerous or not. Also, many ransomware programs are distributed through unreliable file-sharing websites. You should know that malicious sites may offer installers of such threats as updates, setup files of reputable programs, and so on. Thus, if you want to avoid downloading malicious applications that could masquerade as legit files, we advise you to keep away from file-sharing sites.
What’s even worse is that not only might you be tricked into launching Devos Ransomware, but it might take time to realize it. That is because such threats can work silently in the background until they encrypt targeted files. This threat seems to be targeting personal files, which means it should leave data belonging to your operating system and other software alone. As for your pictures, documents, videos, and files alike, they should become unreadable. Also, the malware ought to mark them with a specific extension, for example, a file called forest.jpg could become forest.jpg.id[victim's ID].[email@example.com].Devos. Instead of the victim’s ID, you should see random characters that ought to be given specifically to your computer by Devos Ransomware. The next thing that the malware ought to do is show you a ransom note. It should be displayed on a text document called info.txt.
Inside info.txt, you should see a couple of sentences saying: “!!!All of your files are encrypted!!! To decrypt them send e-mail to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.” Since most of such malicious applications are used for money extortion, we do not believe that hackers behind Devos Ransomware will provide decryption tools only because you contact them. In most cases, they set a price, and demand paying it if a user does not want to lose his chance to obtain decryption tools.
As mentioned at the beginning, you cannot be sure that hackers will bother to hold on to their end of the deal. Meaning, your money could be lost in vain, and you might never get your files back no matter what you choose. If you decide not to deal with the malware’s developers, we advise removing the threat. You can erase Devos Ransomware while following the deletion instructions available below or with a reputable antimalware tool of your choice.