Scarab-Skype Ransomware is one of the many ransomware infections that attack unsuspecting users and then ask for the ransom fee. It is a very frustrating program that will encrypt target files, and even if you remove Scarab-Skype Ransomware from your computer, the files remain encrypted.Therefore, when you decide to deal with this infection; you have to remember that you will have to look at all the file restoration options out there. If, by any chance, it is not possible to restore your files, you have to be ready to start collecting your file library anew.
As far as the origins of this infection are concerned, it belongs to the ever-growing Scarab Ransomware family. What’s more, the research shows that this program is another version of the Scarab-Amnesia Ransomware. Amnesia Ransomware was first detected in 2017, and this program has been constantly updated ever since them. However, all these applications share one thing in common: they follow the same distribution pattern. The point is that if you know how this program spreads, it is possible to prevent Scarab-Skype Ransomware from entering your system.
Like most of the ransomware infections, Scarab-Skype Ransomware spreads via spam email attachments. These attachments look like regular PDF and other reliable format files, and users are urged into opening these “documents” thinking they carry important information. However, if you unexpectedly receive an email message that basically pushes you into opening the document, you should stop and think twice before you do it. Please note that reputable vendors would seldom send you invoices in attached files. Normally, the invoices are embedded in the actual email. Thus, if something feels off about a particular file, you can ALWAYS scan it before you open it. If you encounter a ransomware installer file, a security tool would inform you about it beforehand.
Technically, there isn’t anything too unique about Scarab-Skype Ransomware. We know that it encrypts target files just like any other ransomware infection out there. And when the encryption is complete, all the affected files get a new extension. You will probably notice that the file icons have changed because the system can no longer read them. The filenames will also have the .skype appendix added to them, thus marking all the files that were affected by the malicious encryption. You can be sure that most of your frequently used files will be placed under a lock.
And when the encryption is complete, you will also see the ransom note. Ransomware programs employ ransom notes for various purposes. First, they need to convey the message that the files were encrypted. They also need to convince the user that the only way to restore those files involves paying the ransom fee. Scarab-Skype Ransomware seems to be quite good with that, judging that the ransom note says the following:
Your important files produced on this computer have been encrypted due to a security problem
If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
You have to pay for decryption. The price depends on how fast you write to us.
After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
Okay, so what are the chances that Scarab-Skype Ransomware would actually issue the decryption tool? Keeping in mind that this program was released months ago, the chances are actually really slim. It is also possible that the criminals can no longer be reached through the email presented in the ransom note.
So, what do you do? You remove Scarab-Skype Ransomware from your computer, and then look at all the file restoration options that you’ve got. Perhaps you have a lot of your files saved on your mobile device? Or maybe you regularly back everything up on a cloud drive? If so, the problem’s solved! Just get rid of the infection and the encrypted files, and then transfer the good copies into a clean system.