You’ve probably never imagined that you will have to deal with the likes of Ragnar Locker Ransomware. It is a malicious computer infection that was designed to encrypt your files. That’s exactly what it does, and it takes no prisoners – all of your personal files will be encrypted, and Ragnar Locker Ransomware will ask you to transfer the ransom fee. Needless to say, doing as told by these criminals is not an option. You need to look for ways to remove Ragnar Locker Ransomware from your computer, and then restore your files using a public decryption tool or a file backup.
If you haven’t created a file backup, you’re about to have a rude awakening: A file backup is a file storage where you keep copies of your data. If you run a business, you DEFINITELY need a file backup. It’s not just about whether your hardware malfunctions or not. If you trade in information, you can be hacked anytime and so, you have to protect your data by backing it up. After that, you need to educate your employees about Ragnar Locker Ransomware and other ransomware infections, so that they would be able to recognize the potential ransomware distribution tactics.
Although we don’t know much about Ragnar Locker Ransomware, it is very likely that this infection spreads through spam email attachments. The attachments will look like legitimate files that you receive every single day. However, if this message looks urgent, and it tells you that you must open the file immediately, something is definitely off. Also, ransomware installers often require you to “enable content,” (usually, that’s macros) and if you do that, the infection will enter your system without too much difficulty. Thus, you need to learn to recognize the malicious spam emails that are there to ruin your day.
That being said, we should look at what Ragnar Locker Ransomware does when it enters the target system. In reality, the program works just like any other ransomware infection that we know. Not only does it encrypt your files, it also deletes the Shadow Volume copies (provided they have been enabled). As a result, you can no longer restore your files from the Shadow Volume, and Ragnar Locker Ransomware thinks that this way, you will be pushed into purchasing the decryption key from its developers.
The infection doesn’t tell you exactly how much you are expected to pay for the decryption key, but it gives you the means to contact the criminals by explaining how you should message them in the ransom note. The ransom note is dropped in every single folder that was affected by the encryption. Here’s an extract from the note:
If you reading this message, then your network was PENETRAED and all of your files and data has been ENCRYPTED by RAGNAR_LOCKER!
Your network was penetrated, all your files and backups was locked! So from now there is NO ONE CAN HELP YOU to get your files back, EXCEPT US.
You can google it, there is no CHANCES to decrypt data without our SECRET KEY.
That’s actually something any ransomware program would say. But it doesn’t mean that paying is your only option. While only several ransomware infections may have public decryption tools, you should still be able to restore your files. It is possible to do from an external backup, a cloud drive, your mobile device, or even your inbox. While there is always a chance that you will lose some of your files for good, paying these criminals would only encourage them to continue creating more malicious infections. Thus, remove Ragnar Locker Ransomware right now, and then go through various file recovery options.