Lezp Ransomware encrypts documents, images, and all other types of files that users create themselves. The infection corrupts personal files, because that increases the attackers’ chances of convincing victims to pay money to get them back. If system or installed software files were encrypted, the entire system could crash, but it could be reinstalled, and the same is with installed software. When it comes to personal files, not all of them can be replaced, which is why the attackers behind this malware can successfully extort money from victims. Hopefully, you have not yet resorted to paying $490 in return for a decryption key that, allegedly, could help restore all files. We do not recommend paying the ransom because we think that that would be a complete waste. First of all, you would not get a decryptor in return. Second, you might be able to restore files in other ways after deleting Lezp Ransomware. Needless to say, whatever happens, you must remove this dangerous threat.
Did you know that Lezp Ransomware has hundreds of clones? Some of them include Mpaj Ransomware, Ooss Ransomware, and Rezm Ransomware. They are all known as STOP Ransomware (the original threat), and it is quite possible that the same attacker is responsible for all of them. Unfortunately, once a fully functional threat is built, it is easy to build clones, and that is what has been happening for the past few years now. Most STOP Ransomware variants are spread via emails and malicious downloaders, but unpatched vulnerabilities and other threats can be implemented as well. Obviously, unguarded Windows operating systems are the ones to be hit by this malware, which is something to keep in mind even after you successfully remove Lezp Ransomware from your computer. The first sign of this malware inside could be the “.lezp” extension appended to the original filenames. If you can see this extension, you cannot read the files normally, and that is because the data is ciphered to lock you out.
A file named “_readme.txt” is an important part of the malicious Lezp Ransomware. The same file is dropped by all STOP Ransomware variants, and the information inside is always the same as well. The only detail that changes sometimes is the email address that the attackers want you to send a message to. Lezp Ransomware presents email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org as the contact emails, and you are supposed to communicate with the attackers to obtain ransom payment instructions. Although the ransom note immediately informs that you would have to pay $490 in the form of Bitcoin to obtain a decryptor, there are not enough details to make the payment successfully. We hope that no one will pay the ransom. Does that mean that you should accept the loss of personal files? Not at all. What you need to do is look into all available options. One of them is to install a free decryptor. STOP Decryptor was created by researchers, but it does not guarantee complete decryption. That being said, it could work for you. Another option is to use backup copies of files to replace the corrupted files. Of course, that will work only if you have copies and if you have them stored outside the computer.
If you follow the instructions below, you might be able to remove Lezp Ransomware yourself. We cannot guarantee this because we do not know your lever of expertise. We also do not know what other threats could exist on your operating system. Needless to say, if other threats exist, you need to delete them too. The most ideal option is to install anti-malware software, which is created to automatically detect and remove all infections. Besides deleting Lezp Ransomware, this software can also protect your operating system, which is most important if you do not want to face new threats again. After you get your system cleaned and protected, do not forget that you should back up all files in a secure location and that you also need to be careful about emails, downloaders, and unpatched vulnerabilities.