Efji Ransomware might not be the doomsday infection that can kill computer systems worldwide, but it can still give you a run for your money if it takes you by surprise. This program is a ransomware infection, and as such, it holds your files hostage waiting for you to pay the ransom fee. Needless to say, you cannot pay the ransom because it would only empower the program’s developers to create more similar infections. And seeing that there are already many other ransomware infections out there, you should make sure that you remove Efji Ransomware for good right now.
The reason we’re talking about “many other ransomware infections” is not only the fact that, yes, the ransomware pandemic is not going anywhere anytime soon. It’s also because Efji Ransomware belongs to the STOP Ransomware family, and it has many other “siblings” out there. All the programs from this group are practically identical, and they also share a ransom note. Does it mean that all of those programs are distributed and owned by the same people? Not necessarily. It is common for ransomware codes to be shared or sold, so each modified version of the STOP Ransomware infection could belong to someone else.
Nevertheless, Efji Ransomware is still practically the same as Pezi Ransomware, Nlah Ransomware, DogeCrypt Ransomware, and so on. All of these infections employ either spam email attachments or social engineering messages via unsafe RDP channels to reach their victims. What’s more, victims usually install Efji Ransomware on their systems willingly. Of course, they are not aware of the fact that they are about to install a ransomware program. They think that they are about to open some important document that they have to check at once. Ransomware installer files often disguise themselves as regular documents, which eventually allows them to trick users into opening them.
If you want to avoid ransomware infection, you have to be attentive about the files you open. Of course, sometimes you might really receive an important file from an unknown party, and you might miss some big deal if you delete it. But even son, you can scan the file with a security tool of your choice before you open it. If the security tool doesn’t find anything suspicious about the file, you are free to open it. However, if you fail to follow this basic security protocol when dealing with unfamiliar files, you might as well get infected with Efji Ransomware.
Right upon the installation, Efji Ransomware locates all the files it can encrypt, and it launches the encryption almost immediately. When the encryption is complete, this program also displays a ransom note. As mentioned, the ransom note is identical across all the infections from the STOP Ransomware family. The main point in the ransom note is that the people behind Efji Ransomware are the only ones who can help you restore your files, and you can also get a discount if you contact them as soon as possible.
Do not contact these people. There’s no guarantee that they would issue the decryption key in the first place. You can try using the decryption tool developed for the STOP Ransomware. If Efji Ransomware used an offline encryption key, you should be able to restore your files. Also, you can always use a file backup, provided you have one. The bottom line is that you should try out all sorts of file recovery options instead of doing what these crooks tell you.
Remove Efji Ransomware with a licensed antispyware tool, and then protect your system from other threats. Don’t forget to be selective when it comes to emails from unknown parties, if you want to avoid other serious infections.