Ladon Ransomware is a malicious infection that was discovered almost a year ago. What does it mean? It means that the program’s main command and control server is very likely already dead, and so there is no way to transfer the ransom fee. However, some rogue attachment file might still infect you with it, and thus you need to keep your head on and remove Ladon Ransomware from your computer as soon as possible. Although ransomware programs are really nasty infections, there is no need to panic because panic leads to bad decisions, and that’s something you need to avoid.
Normally, when we deal with slightly older programs, we can expect to have a public decryption tool already, but Ladon Ransomware has never been a wide-spread infection. So if you happen to get infected with it, you might have to look for other options when you delete this program and settle for file restoration.
Judging by the information collected by our research team, right when this program was released, Ladon Ransomware used to use the TOR connection. TOR network allows users to connect to the Internet anonymously, and thus cyber criminals can easily hide in it. Ladon Ransomware also had a webpage that could have been reached through the TOR network at cdmsxo25y4lfht6v.onion.
Aside from that, the program functioned like most of your other ransomware apps out there. It encrypted target files and added an appendix to the filenames, making them a lot longer. For example, after the encryption, the file.exe would have looked like file.exe.ladon. This appendix allows anyone to see which files were encrypted by the program, although it would be easy to see anyway because the file icon would change (as the program is no longer able to read them).
Ladon Ransomware has also been very good at making sure that users cannot restore their data from the Shadow Volume copies. If the Shadow Volume is enabled, it is possible to restore files with it, but Ladon Ransomware has been programmed to automatically delete the Shadow Volume copies upon installation, and thus make it sure that the user is more willing to pay the ransom fee.
Needless to say, paying the ransom is not an option. Especially that the program’s server has mostly likely been down for a while now. You need to focus on removing Ladon Ransomware at once, and then review your web browsing habits because ransomware would not be able to enter your computer if you hadn’t let it to.
Hence, be aware that ransom email messages from unfamiliar senders might as well be part of the ransomware distribution network. If those emails carry urgent messages and say that you must open the attached files, the chances that they carry Ladon Ransomware or anything similar are very high. Therefore, be careful about the attached files you open and scan them with a security program if you must.
Also, if you have copies of your files saved someplace else, you don’t have to worry about restoring your files. You could also have the most recent files stored on your mobile device or cloud storage. Do not lose hope, and please consider contacting a specialist if necessary.