The current version of Failedaccess Ransomware encrypts user’s files for no other reason than perhaps to test the malicious application itself. What makes us think this way is the unusual ransom note it displays. Cyber criminals create such threats for only one reason which is money extortion, but in this case, the hackers do not demand any particular sum or even explain how to transfer the ransom. This strange behavior makes us believe the infection could be still in the development stage, although it is quite possible it will never by updated since it happens quite often. If you encountered this test version yourself, we advise you to erase it as soon as possible, because there is really no point to keep it on the system. At the end of the article, we will provide deletion steps showing how to eliminate Failedaccess Ransomware, while in the rest of the text we will discuss the malicious application’s working manner and possible data recovery options.
The malware is most likely distributed through infected software installers or email attachments. It looks like the device gets infected right after the user opens the file carrying Failedaccess Ransomware. Our researchers who tested the threat say it can work right from the directory it was launched. In other words, it does not need to create any additional files, Registry entries, or other data alike. Once launched the malware should simply start encrypting personal files located on the computer. It could be your pictures, photographs, videos, documents, and so on. Fortunately, all program data and files belonging to the computer’s operating system should be unaffected, so you can still use the computer like always. Also, you can recognize enciphered files from the .FailedAccess extension as it should be added to each affected file.
Furthermore, Failedaccess Ransomware seems to be an altered version of an open source ransomware known as Hidden Tear. Thus, it uses a strong encryption algorithm called Advanced Encryption Standard or shortly AES. During the process, the malicious application might generate a unique decryption key that can be later used to decipher the encrypted files. The problem is if such a key is saved anywhere it is most likely placed on a secret server belonging to the hackers. Sadly, without the decryption tools, there are zero chances to decrypt any data. Still, you could try to use various recovery tools or simply switch the enciphered files with their copies if you made any before the system was infected. In some cases volunteer IT specialists manage to create decryption tools for ransomware, so you could check whether such a tool is created for Failedaccess Ransomware from time to time, especially if you have no other options.
In the meaning time, we recommend removing the malware from the computer. The warning called “you are Hacked by J.H” is most likely shown by the suspicious file you had opened before the PC was infected. To erase it manually you will firstly have to kill its process via the Task Manager. If you do this correctly, the mentioned window should disappear. For more instructions check the steps placed below the text.
Moreover, Failedaccess Ransomware can be removed with a trustworthy security tool as well, so if you were already considering acquiring such software, this might be the perfect moment to do so. After performing a full system scan, you should be able to delete the malware and other possible threats automatically with just one mouse click. Afterward, all you have to do is keep the tool updated, and it should be able to defend the system even against newer malicious applications.