It should not take long for you to realize that you are under the attack of the Pizzacrypts Ransomware. This malicious threat encrypts personal files and demands a ransom payment in return of their decryption. The demands are represented via a TXT file called “Pizzacrypts Info.txt”, and it is created right after your photos, videos, documents, and other kinds of personal files get encrypted. If you follow the instructions within this file, you will contact the creator of the ransomware to receive additional instructions that, of course, will push you to make the payment. At the moment, a decryption tool that would be able to release the files corrupted by this threat does not appear to exist. Unfortunately, this means that your only option is following the demands. Well, this needs further discussion, which is why we suggest reading this report. It also explains what you need to do to delete Pizzacrypts Ransomware.
According to our extensive research, Pizzacrypts Ransomware is capable of encrypting personal files in various directories, including %USERPROFILE% and %PROGRAMFILES%. This threat targets those files that you could not replace, including documents and image files. If this threat encrypted, let’s say, system files, it is most likely that your computer would not work the way it should, and you could repair the damage by replacing the corrupted files with the healthy ones. Now, you cannot do that with unique personal files, unless, of course, they are backed up in a storage cloud or an external drive. While many computer users do back up their sensitive files, most do not take care of their files, and the attack of ransomware is one of the consequences of being careless. Carelessness is also involved in the distribution of this ransomware. This threat usually hides within corrupted spam email attachments, and the targeted user needs to open this attachment. Of course, if you were careful, you would not have opened the launcher of the ransomware. Even though these attachments might seem very attractive, you need to remember not to open files from unknown senders. Keep in mind that cyber criminals can also use email addresses similar to those of authentic companies!
Once the encryption process starts, all of your encrypted files are given an additional extension, ".id-[ID number]email@example.com". A file encrypted by the malicious Pizzacrypts Ransomware can look something like this: firstname.lastname@example.org. Every location containing encrypted files should also contain the text file representing the demands. According to the recommendation within the TXT file, you should use all three different contact options, including the email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org emails, as well as the Bitmessage system. On top of that, you are advised to use a Gmail account for all communication purposes. It is unclear why this is the preference of cyber criminals, but if you decide to contact them, you should not do that using your regular email account. Instead, create a new account that you will not use in the future. This is because cyber crooks could record your email to deliver corrupted spam emails in the future. In general, communicating with cyber crooks should be done only if you have no other option but to pay the ransom, and that is not what we recommend anyway. If you do get involved in the payment, be aware of the risk of losing your money without having your files decrypted.
In the best case scenario, the copies of your personal files are stored in a safe location (e.g., backup drive). If you have taken care of your files before the infection has attacked you, all you need to do is remove Pizzacrypts Ransomware, erase the encrypted files, and replace them with the healthy copies. If backups do not exist, you might be thinking about paying the ransom, but you must know by now that this is risky. It is possible that you will end up without your money but with the files encrypted still. Regardless of what happens to your personal files, you need to erase the ransomware, and this can be done by eliminating the file that was used to launch this threat (the file attached to the corrupted spam email). If you cannot delete Pizzacrypts Ransomware manually, and if you realize you cannot protect your operating system yourself, we suggest using an automated malware detection and removal tool.