While we usually talk about programs when they already infect a target system, today we would like to talk about INPIVX Ransomware, which is a ransomware-as-a-service program. It means that this program can be purchased by almost anyone who can afford it. If applied properly, the malicious code can work like your usual ransomware infection, and users will have to scramble to remove INPIVX Ransomware, and then look for ways to restore their files. Unfortunately, restoring the files might not be possible if you do not have a file backup, and you should definitely make one TODAY.
What is a file backup? It is virtually copies of your files saved in another storage device or a cloud drive. You can regularly transfer your files into an external hard drive, or you can set up a virtual cloud drive that is synced across different devices, and where you can back up your files automatically. That is, by far, the best way to protect yourself and your data from a ransomware infection because decryption keys are not available instantaneously, and sometimes they do not get created at all. So, it is always better to have your data saved someplace else.
Now, we know more about INPIVX Ransomware as a product rather than an active infection. It is very likely that the original code will be customized once the owner decides what to do with it. According to the information we have gathered about this ransomware, it can surely be customized. For instance, the developers say that customers can change the name of the ransomware and the name of the dashboard. Also, the dashboard that controls the infection can be hosted on any server that provides “PHP hosting with MySQL support.” It is possible to customize the ransom page, so whoever buys INPIVX Ransomware, they can also change the ransom amount, too.
INPIVX Ransomware is not a multilingual infection, as it is only available in the English language, but that surely wouldn’t stop anyone from using it because the infection itself is rather self-explanatory. When ransomware infects a target system, it goes to encrypt personal files, and when the encryption is complete, the victims see the ransom note. INPIVX Ransomware can encrypt target files with the AES and RSA encryption algorithms. It means that without the unique decryption tool, it is virtually impossible to restore the affected files. This is also one of the reasons victims often succumb and pay the ransom fee.
When victims do not have the file backup and when they need their files no matter what, they are more likely to transfer the ransom fee in Bitcoins. Of course, we do understand that sometimes there is no other way (especially, when it affects businesses), but security specialists are strongly against paying the ransom because that only encourages criminals to create more programs like INPIVX Ransomware.
Instead, it would be a lot more productive to learn about ransomware distribution methods and how to avoid them. For instance, recognizing and ignoring phishing attacks would do a lot more good. Also, if you run a business, you should definitely back up all of your data on a cloud drive or some other service. You can never know when you could become a victim of a spear-phishing attack!
It is rather hard to say how you should remove INPIVX Ransomware because it depends on how the criminals spread the malware. Nevertheless, it is very likely that users download the installer file themselves accidentally, and so to remove INPIVX Ransomware, you should probably delete all the recently downloaded files and then scan your system with a powerful antispyware tool.