What was your first thought when you discovered Mespinoza Ransomware on your operating system? You might have thought that you need to remove this malicious threat immediately. You might have thought that you need to turn off your computer. You might have also thought about fulfilling the demands introduced to you by the cybercriminals who created this malware. Actually, the first thing you should do when you discover any kind of malware is to take a deep breath and relax. It might be too late for you to do anything to reverse the situation anyway, and so there is no point to rush into anything. Also, you need to take time to research the threat and figure out what should be done about it. Needless to say, it is most important that you delete Mespinoza Ransomware from your operating system, but if you do that, your files will not be restored, and recovering personal files might be of the utmost importance for you.
If Mespinoza Ransomware slithered in, you must have been tricked into executing the threat’s launcher by opening a spam email attachment or downloading new software. Different backdoors can be used to drop this infection without your notice, and that is why we cannot really pinpoint the one and true method of entrance. That is also the reason we cannot know for sure where the launcher of this malicious infection might be. If you do know that, make sure you find and remove Mespinoza Ransomware launcher as soon as possible. If you have no clue where to even look for the file, there are tools that can help you perform removal automatically, so do not worry about that. Of course, we would not dare to tell you not to worry about your personal files. The threat encrypts everything (besides .dll, .exe, and .sys files) in the %APPDATA%, %HOMEDRIVE%, %PROGRAMFILES%, and %USERPROFILE% directories, and that means that your documents, images, and others personal files are likely to be corrupted.
Next to the encrypted files – and they should have the “.locked” extension appended to them – the malicious Mespinoza Ransomware creates a file named “Readme.README.” The message inside reads: “Every byte on any types of your devices was encrypted. Don't try to use backups because it were encrypted too. To get all your data back contact us.” You are instructed to send a message to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, but we do not advise doing that because if you expose yourself to the attackers, they could flood you with new scam emails. The strange thing about Mespinoza Ransomware ransom note is that it addresses a “company,” and the “FAQ” section below includes a question of what an alleged employee should tell their boss. At this point, we cannot confirm whether or not companies are targeted by the threat. We would not reject the possibility that individual Windows users could be targeted as well. In either case, if the victim contacted the attackers, we are sure that they would ask a payout, which is why the threat is classified as “ransomware.” If you pay the ransom, you are likely to be left empty-handed, and so we suggest keeping your money to yourself.
As we have discussed already, it is not a huge problem if you cannot find and remove Mespinoza Ransomware launcher manually. This file could be anywhere, and it could take on a name of a well-known program or services, and the last thing we want you to do is to go in blindly. If you accidentally delete the wrong files, you could create more problems for yourself. If you cannot handle Mespinoza Ransomware manually, you can implement anti-malware software. This software will quickly inspect your operating system and perform removal. Simultaneously, it will take care of your system’s protection, and that means that you will not need to figure out how to prevent other ransomware infections from successfully attacking you again. Of course, you should stop downloading strange files and opening spam emails if you want to be sure that malware does not stand a chance. As for the decryption, it does not look like the threat is actually capable of encrypting backups, and so if you have backup copies of your personal files, you can replace the infected files after you get rid of the infection.