.lightning Ransomware File Extension is a malicious application that encrypts various files and adds .[firstname.lastname@example.org].lightning extension to their titles. Users who come across it should know the malware locks files with a robust encryption algorithm, which makes it impossible to unlock them without a decryptor. Thus, if you do not want to deal with the hackers behind this threat and risk your savings, we advise deleting .lightning Ransomware File Extension from the system and then replacing encrypted files with backup copies (emergency copies you could be keeping on cloud storage or removable media devices). For more information about the malicious application we invite you to read the rest of our report. As for instructions on how to get rid of it, you can find them a bit below the text.
Many ransomware applications are distributed via Spam emails, malicious file-sharing web pages, and so on. Therefore, to avoid them it is vital to keep away from files offered on questionable web pages, for example, torrent and other file-sharing websites, or received with emails from unknown senders. Besides, it is always best to scan suspicious files with an antimalware tool before interacting with them. As the old saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry. Thus, if you do not have a reliable security tool that could warn you about threats and keep your system secure, we would recommend considering obtaining it.
As mentioned earlier, once .lightning Ransomware File Extension encrypts the user’s files it should mark them with a particular extension. According to our specialists, a file called nature.jpg would turn into nature.jpg.[email@example.com].lightning. Also, it seems the malware should target various pictures, documents, video files, and other data considered to be private. Meaning, data belonging to the computer’s operating system or other software installed on the device should not be locked. The next thing .lightning Ransomware File Extension ought to do is display a ransom note, which should be available on a text document called !=How_to_decrypt_files=!.txt. The message ensures the hackers can help victims restore their files for paying a ransom. However, it is not said how much it is. The malware’s ransom note only claims the price will be doubled every seven days.
Needless to say, it would be unwise to trust hackers, and it is entirely possible users who put up with their demands could end up being scammed. Provided, you do not want to be tricked and risk losing your savings in vain, we advise deleting .lightning Ransomware File Extension from the computer. It can be removed manually if you follow the instructions available below. Once it is gone, it should be safe to replace encrypted files with backup copies. Of course, to be safe, it might be a good idea to make sure the malicious application is gone and to check if there are no other possible threats by scanning the computer with a reliable security tool. You can use antimalware software to remove the malware too if you do not feel like erasing it manually. Lastly, should you have any questions about it, do not forget there is a comments section at the end of this page.