Windows operating systems can be attacked by Pezi Ransomware, but this malware can be successful only if targeted systems are unguarded. Reliable protection provided by anti-malware software should fend off all threats, including ransomware. Unfortunately, Windows users often choose not to install security tools, or they forget to update them. This leaves systems extremely vulnerable to dangerous threats. In most cases, ransomware is spread with the help of misleading spam emails. It can be concealed as a document attachment, and users can be tricked into opening it, enabling macros, and letting the threat in. Therefore, although the removal of the threat is most likely to be the main thing on your mind right now, you also have to think about the security of your operating system. The good news is that there is a way for you to delete Pezi Ransomware and also secure your system at the same time. Continue reading, and you will learn more about this. If you come up with any questions for our research team, leave them in the comments box below.
There is no doubt that Pezi Ransomware is part of the STOP Ransomware family. Amongst hundreds of other threats that are part of it, we have Nlah Ransomware, Usam Ransomware, Kuus Ransomware, Maas Ransomware, and Sqpc Ransomware. All of these threats have the same functions, and they even use the same ransom note file to make demands after encryption. The unique thing about these threats is that they add unique extensions to the files that are corrupted. Pezi Ransomware adds “.pezi” to the names of documents, photos, videos, and all other personal files that are likely to be important for you. However, the ransom note – which is represented using a file named “_readme.txt” – instructs you to email email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org, and these two email addresses can be linked to a bunch of other STOP Ransomware variants. What does that tell us? The same attackers stand behind these variants. Perhaps, they have created a bunch of different email accounts, and now they are being used interchangeably in all STOP Ransomware variants. All in all, even though we do not know if one attacker or many of them are responsible, we know that removing Pezi Ransomware and its clones is important.
If you have $980 lying around, you might think that the “offer” proposed by the attackers is manageable. They suggest that if you pay the ransom – and it is, allegedly, reduced to $490 if you pay within three days – you will be sent a decryption tool and a key that, allegedly, will help you restore all files. Even if you are willing to the pay the ransom, you cannot do that right away. First, you are meant to send an email to the attackers along with one file that you want to have decrypted. Without a doubt, exposing yourself to the attackers via email is a dangerous move. On top of that, you are unlikely to be rewarded for taking such a huge risk. Even though it is stated that you would get a Pezi Ransomware decryptor as soon as the payment was processed, in reality, the attackers do not need to do anything. The good news is that there is a free decryptor (STOP Decryptor) that might be able to help some. If you are going to install this tool, please make sure that it is a legitimate decryptor, not a fake lookalike. Of course, if you have backup copies of the encrypted files, your only worry should be the removal of Pezi Ransomware.
As soon as you delete the malicious threat, we hope that you will be able to replace the corrupted files with backups. If you do not have backups, please keep in mind to take better care of your files in the future. You also should take better care of your system, and we strongly recommend implementing trusted anti-malware software to rectify that. Not only will this software secure your system but also delete Pezi Ransomware. While we believe that all Windows systems require full protection, we advise using anti-malware software also because the manual removal of Pezi Ransomware can be extremely complicated. Unless you know how to identify malicious files, you might be unable to find and erase ransomware components all on your own.