It looks like hackers do not intend to stop terrorizing computer users even during the holiday season, as they are distributing a new vicious threat, called firstname.lastname@example.org Ransomware. Therefore, you should not allow your festive mood to let your guard down. If you come across this malicious application, it might encrypt your files, and as a result, you would be unable to access them anymore. The ransom note left behind should ask you to pay for decryption, but even if the sum is affordable, we do not recommend paying it. As you see, the email@example.com Ransomware’s creators might not deliver the means for decryption even if they promise to do so. In other words, paying the ransom could be a huge risk, and if you do not want to take it, you should eliminate the infection. Further, in the article, we will explain more about the malware, like how it could be spread or how to delete it manually. Thus, if you are interested in learning more, you should read the rest of the text.
To begin with, firstname.lastname@example.org Ransomware could be distributed through unsecured Remote Desktop Protocol connections, which is why our specialists advise replacing weak passwords, updating outdated software, and strengthening the computer as much as you can. The other way the malware might be distributed is malicious email attachments, pirated software installers, unreliable freeware, suspicious pop-up advertisements, etc. In fact, the threats launcher could be any file encountered while surfing the Internet. This is why it is crucial to make sure the files you download or interact with come only from legitimate and reputable sources. Whenever in doubt, you should scan doubtful files with a reliable antimalware tool first as rushing to open infected data could result in damaging your system, files on it, or compromising your privacy.
According to our specialists, email@example.com Ransomware is similar to Dharma or Crysis Ransomware applications. Same as them the threat encrypts user’s private data (e.g., photos, archives, documents, etc.) with a strong encryption algorithm and marks them with a specific additional extension. For example, the malicious application added .id-E4800113.[firstname.lastname@example.org].santa extension to all of the files it encrypted on our test computer. As you realize, the part with an ID number is unique to everyone, so if you encounter this malware, your files should be marked with an identical extension except the ID part. After the encryption process, email@example.com Ransomware is supposed to show a ransom note. The text on it should ask to contact the malicious application’s developers. Apparently, the size of ransom will depend on how fast the victim writes an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Of course, it is not something we would recommend.
The loss of your precious photos and other files, you might be unable to replace, might be painful but if you do not want to risk losing your money in vain, we would advise against paying the ransom. Do not forget some of the encrypted files could be replaced with copies you may store on removable media devices, social media accounts, cloud storage, and so on. In such a case, all that is left to do is clean the system so it would be safe to transfer the copies or new data. To remove email@example.com Ransomware manually, you should follow the instructions available below. However, if you do not feel up to such a task, you can install a reliable antimalware tool instead and do a full system scan.