RansomCuck Ransomware looks like a malware threat that has hit the web before the authors could finish its coding. At least this is what we have concluded after testing the first version that has showed up recently. We cannot claim that there will be no properly working versions in the near future, but this first variant does not work fully. In fact, it does not do what it was created for; that is, this ransomware does not actually encrypt your files. This means that in this ransomware attack you seem to be in the luck because there is no way for you to lose your precious files for the time being. Of course, this threat could change soon and become just as dangerous as any other ransomware program. But even if this malware infection does not seem to take your files hostage, it still generates some issues for you. These can make it more difficult for you to delete RansomCuck Ransomware from your system, but not impossible, of course. If you want to learn more about this threat and how you can protect your computer from similar attacks, please carry on reading.
This variant we tested was found spreading on the web as a malicious attachment in spam e-mails. In fact, this is the most frequently used method when it comes to ransomware programs. Unfortunately, the spamming campaigns nowadays can be more sophisticated and capable of fooling spam filters. But what is worse, they can also trick you into believing that you just got a “must-see” mail with an important attached file to check out. As you can see, you do have a responsibility in being infected with such a threat. It is all up to you which mails you click on in your inbox. Do you open all the mails that land in your inbox folder? Let us hope that next time you will be more careful because it rarely happens that you are this lucky to let such a partially working ransomware onto your machine.
The subject of such deceiving mails can be anything really that would catch your eyes. It can be referring to a mail delivery error, wrongly given credit card details, an overdue invoice, or some sort of penalty. Most likely you would not even feel related to such topics, yet there is a good chance that you would want to see that supposed document or image that is attached to this mail. And, that click when you open the save file would doom you and your files because that is how RansomCuck Ransomware actually starts up. The best thing about this hit is definitely the fact that you can remove RansomCuck Ransomware without the nightmare of losing all your files.
Our research indicates that this infection is based on an infamous threat called Detox Ransomware, but somehow the authors did not manage to finish this version. It is also possible that their Command and Control servers are down and that is why there is no communication between this ransomware and the servers; therefore, there is no encryption either. We managed to retrieve some information from the source code and we can say with certainty that this malicious program plans to attack your photos, videos, text files, databases, and third-party program files. It is supposed to modify the affected file names by adding an ".encrypt" extension to them. Its ransom note file is called "RansomCuck.txt" and it comes up after the supposed encryption is done. However, we have found that this note lacks some vital details, including the amount of the ransom fee, the Bitcoin wallet where it has to be transferred to, and the deadline. This could also be due to the broken communication with the servers. But this makes it also impossible to take this threat seriously. It is another thing that we rarely advise you to actually pay up because there is almost never any guarantee that criminals will give you the private key and the decryption software or do the decryption automatically after your transfer is done; although this is what they always promise. As you can see, there is no need for you to wait; you should remove RansomCuck Ransomware immediately, if you want to protect your operating system and your files you store on your hard disk.
As we have already mentioned, it is not really simple to delete RansomCuck Ransomware without a trace. This vicious program does have some working features, such as disabling your Command Window, Task Manager, and Registry editor. Practically, you cannot do anything if you want to eliminate this threat unless you download, install, and run a professional up-to-date anti-malware program, or a third-party Registry editor. If you go for the latter option, you have to remove all the components manually and make changes to the Registry. If you feel up to this, please use our instructions below and follow them carefully. But it is possible that you would prefer an easier solution. Therefore, we suggest that you go for the first option and use an anti-malware application, such as SpyHunter or any other reliable software.