Getting infected with Mimicry Ransomware and other ransomware programs might be a daunting experience, but the most important thing is to keep your head on. Panicking will not help you solve the situation. It is necessary to remove Mimicry Ransomware from your computer as soon as possible because only then you can start looking for ways to restore your data. In some cases, it might not be possible to decrypt your files, but it does not mean that you should pay the ransom fee. Do not fall for this scam. Giving these criminals what they want would not solve anything.
Mimicry Ransomware is not too different from other ransomware infections. Judging from what our research team has found, the program is based on the Hidden Tear ransomware code, and it is another version of the Shiva Ransomware infection. Therefore, it should exhibit practically the same behavioral patterns as most of its predecessors. Our main problem with this intruder is that we cannot use the decryption tools that worked for previously released infections. Although multiple ransomware programs can share parts of their malicious codes, every single one of them has a unique encryption and decryption key. Therefore, unless there is a public decryption tool available, it might not be possible to restore your files immediately.
When we talk about ransomware programs, we have to focus more on prevention rather than battling them. In other words, we have to make sure that Mimicry Ransomware and other malicious infections do not reach your computer in the first place. Therefore, you need to remain vigilant and careful whenever you are exposed to potential ransomware distribution channels. One of the main ways for ransomware programs to reach target computers is to come via spam mail attachments. This sounds like a long shot, but the problem is that users still open spam email messages every single day.
When you receive an email from an unknown party that carries a malware installer file, you do not get infected the moment you open the email. You need to either click the outgoing link in the message or download and open the attached file. The question is what pushes you into download these files? Do you really need those files? Do they look like important documents? Have you really been waiting for these documents? If you are not sure whether these files are important, before opening them, you can scan them with a licensed security tool. If the files are malicious, the security tool of your choice will notify you immediately.
Now, as for Mimicry Ransomware, to remove the infection, you need to delete all the most recently downloaded files. Usually, the downloaded files are stored in the Downloads folder, but if you have some other directory where you save downloaded files, you should check that directory, too.
When Mimicry Ransomware is removed, you should either look for a public decryption tool, or delete the encrypted files, and transfer healthy copies of your data back into your hard drive (provided you have a data backup on an external disk). If you do not have a file backup, please refer to professionals who would offer you more options to get your files back. If you have more questions, do not hesitate to leave us a comment.