Lanran Ransomware is a threat that has been categorized as crypto-malware. Just like similar malicious applications, it encrypts personal files once it successfully enters computers and then demands a ransom from victims. Some users make a decision to pay money to cyber criminals so that they could fix those encrypted files, whereas others think that losing files is hundred times better than paying money to cyber criminals. To be frank, we do not think that paying money to crooks is a very good idea, so if none of your important files have been locked, you should delete Lanran Ransomware without sending a cent to malicious software developers. Unfortunately, free decryption software is not available at present, but there is a small possibility that specialists will find a way how to crack the cipher Lanran Ransomware uses to lock files with in the future, so you should not delete those encrypted files from your computer – keep them all in a separate folder.
It is impossible not to notice the entrance of Lanran Ransomware because it plays the audio message (“Your documents, photos, databases and other important files have been encrypted”) several times and changes the Desktop image right away. What else you will immediately notice is a bunch of encrypted personal files. Specialists at 411-spyware.com have noticed that Lanran Ransomware targets files with the following extensions: .mp4, .jpg, .bmp, .png, .sln, .php, .gif, .iso, and .7z. It finds where those files are located the first thing after successfully slithering onto the user’s computer. Once it knows where they are, it mercilessly locks them all with a strong cipher and appends the .LanRan2.0.5 filename extension. The ransomware infection also drops a ransom note in the text file: @___README___@.txt. It explains to users why they can no longer open their files, what encryption is, and how files can be decrypted. You will be asked to purchase the decryption tool from cyber criminals in case you want your files back – it costs 0.5 Bitcoin. At the time of research, this was 3200 USD. You cannot know whether you will get the decryptor, so you should keep the money to yourself. The only thing you can do without the special decryptor is to restore files from your backup. You can easily find instructions on how to do that on the Web.
Ransomware infections are usually spread via spam emails. They are distributed as attachments in most cases, but you might also end up with ransomware after clicking on the link the suspicious email you have received contains. Also, you might download the malicious application encrypting files from a file-sharing or a similar third-party website promoting free software. Some threats are very sneaky, so if you want to be sure that malicious software could not slither onto your computer ever again, you should install a security application on your PC. No threats will ever enter your system if you keep the antimalware tool active 24/7/367. It does not mean that you can do whatever you want after installing antimalware software on your computer. You still cannot act carelessly on the web.
It should not be too difficult to delete Lanran Ransomware manually even though it drops several components on affected computers because you will find them all listed in our manual removal guide (it is located right below this paragraph) and know exactly what you need to do. Unfortunately, we cannot promise that it will be easy to unlock encrypted files. We are not going to lie – this might be impossible without the special decryption tool cyber criminals have. Of course, it does not mean that you should invest in it. As mentioned, we recommend restoring files from a backup after the full Lanran Ransomware removal.