Ransom Prank Ransomware could be a dangerous threat if you are the easy-to-deceive kind because this malware infection is not really a ransomware threat; at least, right now it seems that it does not encrypt your files but only locks your screen. To be quite frank, even the screen lock is not the best since you can easily get out of it and kill this malicious process. We must say that you are lucky if you are hit by this pseudo-ransomware because you do not have to say goodbye to your precious files like you would in the case of a proper ransomware infection. This malicious attack should be a sign for you to start saving backups. You can either use cloud storage or a removable drive for that. Such a backup could be a life-saver when your computer is hit by a serious ransomware threat that can damage all your personal files without the possibility of repair. This malware threat may look real and dangerous when you are presented with the ransom note, but you should know that your files are safe and you can easily remove Ransom Prank Ransomware from your system, which we will reveal at the end. But first, let us tell you more about how you can infect your system with such a ransomware.
Our research shows that there could be two possible ways for you to end up with this semi-dangerous ransomware threat on your computer. First, it is possible that you have remote desktop software on your system that is configured a bit vaguely, for example, your password is a weak one. Cyber criminals can break into your system through such a program, for example, by using brute force attack or social engineering techniques. Once they find a way in, they can easily install and activate this ransomware behind your back and all you will notice is the ransom note and the locked screen. This is usually the phase when it would be too late to delete Ransom Prank Ransomware to save your files from encryption; however, in this case, your files seem to be untouched and safe.
Another popular method is the use of spamming campaigns to infect unsuspecting users. These criminals can send out thousands of e-mails in a short time to potential victims. Unfortunately, such a spam can be rather misleading and convincing at the same time so that you will be likely to want to open it even if it lands in your spam folder. You should never take a spam filter for granted because it can make mistakes and misjudge mails. You must have noticed that there can be legitimate mails practically every day in your spam folder; therefore, you may be pushed to check that folder for possible important mails. This is how you may have found this spam and considered it urgent. This spam can make you believe that you need to open it by using authentic-looking sender name and e-mail pairs as well as important-looking subject lines. It is possible that you see a mail with an invoice number claiming to be late for payment, or any other issue related to online shopping and booking involving your credit card details being wrong, and so on. We suggest that you be more cautious around your mails and do not open attachments coming with questionable mails. Once you click to view this attachment, you initiate this attack and you will have no other choice than remove Ransom Prank Ransomware as soon as possible.
This ransomware is sort of unique in the sense that it belongs to the group of the few that does not actually do any encryption on your computer. Of course, this infection does claim so in its ransom note that comes up on your screen right after this vicious program is activated. Your screen turns black and the note appears in red. Seemingly, this threat locks your screen, which can actually frighten inexperienced users and they may believe whatever this note says. In fact, it claims that your documents, images, and archives have been encrypted and you can only decrypt them if you buy the decryption key from your attackers. You are supposed to send 0.5 Bitcoins (around 2,220 US dollars) to a given Bitcoin address with 3 days. If you fail to do so, the price doubles. After 7 days you are said to lose your chance to be able to decrypt your files. As a matter of fact, there are two ways for you to remove Ransom Prank Ransomware.
First, you can use the good old Alt+F4 key combination to exit this lock screen and end this malicious process at the same time. Or, you can use the "12345" decryption key and enter it at the bottom of the lock screen. After you killed this malicious process, you can simply identify the suspicious executable file that could be responsible for this attack and delete it. Please follow our instructions below if you want to put an end to this malicious attack yourself. However, if you would like to defend your PC against all possible threats in the future, we advise you to employ a reliable anti-malware program (e.g., SpyHunter).