If you’re reading this entry, you’re probably infected with Leitkcad Ransomware or any other ransomware program, looking for ways to deal with it. The main problem with ransomware infections is that they are relatively easy to remove, but it is quite hard to restore the files once they have been encrypted. Unless there is a public decryption key or you have a file backup, it might be impossible to unlock the files that were encrypted by Leitkcad Ransomware. Hence, whenever you deal with a ransomware infection, you have to realize that there’s always a chance you’ll have to start building your library from scratch.
Unfortunately, there is no public decryption tool available for Leitkcad Ransomware. Therefore, the best way to restore the affected files would be retrieving them from a file backup. What’s a file backup? It’s any kind of storage where you keep copies of your files. So, it could be an external hard drive that you plug in from time to time and transfer files for keeping. Or it could be a virtual cloud drive where you back up your files automatically the moment they are created. You must’ve noticed by now how the operating systems and the main email service providers campaign for cloud storage services. It’s not just because they want to make a profit (which they do, but that’s not the point). Storage spaces and file backups are vital in the age of a ransomware pandemic, especially as it doesn’t look like these programs would leave us anytime soon.
Aside from a file backup, you should also learn more about ransomware distribution tactics because it would be for the best to avoid getting infected with Leitkcad Ransomware altogether. The sad part is that ransomware infections are initiated by the users themselves. They often think that they have to open this important document file they received without even realizing it’s a scam. Ransomware installers are often delivered via socially engineered messages or spam emails. And those messages may come really urgent tones, telling users to review the documents immediately. If users have to deal with similar-looking documents every single day, it wouldn’t be surprising if they thought that it’s just another Excel sheet, just another PDF they have to review and approve. And that’s where they stumble and fall into the depths of the ransomware blackhole.
Once Leitkcad Ransomware is there, this program will waste no time to locate all the files it can encrypt, and you will soon see which documents were locked by this infection. All the affected files receive the “.leitkcad” extension that works almost like a stamp, saying that these are the files that Leitkcad Ransomware encrypted.
When the encryption is complete, this program also drops a ransom note that says you have to join a virtual chatroom where you will be told what you are supposed to do to restore your files. The note doesn’t say how much you’re supposed to pay for the decryption tool, but the criminals try to make you think that they are the only ones who can help you in this situation.
Of course, we understand when some users end up contacting these criminals and paying the ransom. They do feel at the end of their wits. However, addressing a professional would probably give you more options. Not to mention that sometimes the criminals might just collect the payment and leave you hanging.
Thus, weigh all of your options and make sure you do what you can to remove Leitkcad Ransomware and protect your system and your data from similar threats. If you are more careful, you should avoid such infections in the future.