If you are looking for ways to delete FORMA Ransomware from your operating system, you might be hoping that that will somehow restore your files. Unfortunately, it will not. Even if you eliminate every single component created by this malicious threat, your files will remain unreadable, and that is because the threat encrypts them. The files that are encrypted have their data changed, and it can be read only if a special decryption key is used. We do not know if this key exists or if cyber criminals would give it to you, but we would not bet on that. Our research team has analyzed and reported hundreds of different file-encrypting threats, and their victims are almost never given what they are promised. On rare occasions, free decryptors emerge, but that has not happened yet with FORMA Ransomware. Therefore, if your files were encrypted, there isn’t much you can do. Nonetheless, you should continue reading to learn what to do after you remove the infection.
If you found the “.locked” extension attached to your personal files, that does not automatically mean that FORMA Ransomware corrupted them. This extension has been employed by Locked Ransomware, Nog4yH4n Project Ransomware, and many other well-known infections. However, if you have also been introduced to a window with the “odzyskanie plikow jest mozliwe tylko za pomoca klucza deszyfrujacego” message, it is very likely that FORMA Ransomware is the infection to blame. Needless to say, since the message is in Polish, Polish Windows users are the ones that are targeted by this malware. Why is that? That is one question we cannot answer, but there are quite a few infections that seem to be created with a specific region in mind, and so that is not unusual. Spam emails, malicious downloaders, and remote access to the system can be used to drop the infection onto your computer without you realizing what has happened. Ideally, you know exactly which file has launched the infection because you want to remove it as soon as possible. If you are quick enough, you might even evade file encryption.
Of course, if your files were encrypted, and the ransom note has been introduced to you, there is no need to rush the FORMA Ransomware removal process. If you close the window, the infection has many copies of a file called “ODSZYFRFUJ_PLIKI_TERAZ.txt” lying around. This file delivers the exact same message, according to which, you need an encryption key to restore files, and you need to email firstname.lastname@example.org in 48 hours to obtain it. The message also claims that the key is deleted after 48 hours and that files might be corrupted permanently if you turn off the computer or use third-party decryptors. These claims are made so that you would take action immediately. If you email cyber criminals, they can then push you into paying a ransom. In reality, the only thing you should be focusing on is the removal of the ransomware. As we discussed already, paying the ransom is very very risky, and if you do not want to waste your money, you should delete FORMA Ransomware immediately without ever contacting cyber criminals. Hopefully, that is not something you need to think much about because your personal files are backed up and can replace the corrupted copies after the removal.
If you can find and remove FORMA Ransomware launcher, eliminating the remaining components should not be hard for you at all. We list the remaining files that must be eliminated in the instructions below. If you cannot complete the task yourself, post a comment below, or choose an alternative removal method. We recommend installing anti-malware software. It would automatically detect and delete FORMA Ransomware components, and, at the same time, it would eliminate the remaining threats if they are active. Furthermore, the software will reinstate protection to ensure that your operating system does not let in malware again. Remember that if you do not protect your system properly, malware could attack and cause damage again. Also note that if you do not back up your files, they will always be at risk. Whether you face file-encrypting malware, computer damage, or theft, your files will remain intact if they are backed up.
Note: If you do not know how to access the listed directories, use Explorer: tap Win+E to launch Explorer and enter the path to the directory into the field at the top.