You need to backup your files because threats like Skymap Ransomware are rampant. This kind of malware invades a vulnerable operating system and then encrypts files. Some threats are capable of encrypting everything in their way, which, in some cases, causes complete system crashes. There are also threats that only mimic encryption, and they are mostly used to trick people into paying money for bogus decryption services. The infection we are discussing in this report can encrypt personal files, which include documents or photos, but it does not affect system files, which means that the attackers can make their demands very clear. We discuss them further in this report. Unfortunately, the files corrupted by this malware cannot be salvaged, and only backups can save victims. Hopefully, you can replace the corrupted files with backups after deleting Skymap Ransomware. Continue reading to learn more about the infection and the removal process, and do not forget to contact us via the comments section if you have questions.
Did you let Skymap Ransomware in by interacting with a misleading email message? If you do not remember this, maybe the infection’s launcher was dropped using an exploit kit, or maybe it was downloaded by something else that you need to delete from your operating system. Where one infection exists, there is always a possibility that others exist too. We strongly recommend scanning the operating system to determine whether or not you need to remove Skymap Ransomware along with other malicious threats. We have the same advice for those removing INFOWAIT Ransomware, DataWait Ransomware, and all other STOP Ransomware family infections that Skymap belongs to as well. These threats are usually identified by the extensions that they add to the corrupted files. In our case, it is the “.skymap” extension that the infection adds. You can delete it from the encrypted files, but that will not help you restore them. In fact, these extensions are pretty helpful, in a sense that they mark the corrupted files to help you spot them.
Several components are dropped by Skymap Ransomware, but none of them might be as important to you as the ransom note file called “_readme.txt,” which you should see everywhere. This file represents the message that the attackers behind the infection created for you. According to them, you have no other choice but to pay $490 (after 72 hours, the ransom goes up to $980) for a decryption tool that, allegedly, can restore your files. Do not be fooled by these claims. Even if the attackers have the power to free your personal files, we cannot know if they would use it. Most likely, you would be wasting hard-earned money by paying the ransom. On top of that, to pay it, you need to contact the attackers via Telegram (@datarestore) or email (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org). If you do not realize this already, contacting the creator of Skymap Ransomware is dangerous because they could terrorize you again and again after figuring out an easy way to reach you. At the end of the day, you have to decide what you want to do, but our research team recommends focusing on the removal of the infection.
Whether or not you contact the attackers, pay the ransom, or get your files decrypted – which is unlikely to happen – you must remove Skymap Ransomware. Our team created instructions that show how to erase the components of this threat, but we cannot guarantee that you will be able to eliminate this malware successfully. On top of that, this is not the only thing you need to worry about. Other threats could exist, and your operating system is still vulnerable. You can have your system secured and all active threats eliminated with the help of an anti-malware program you trust. Pick the one that is legitimate and reliable, and it will clean your system and keep it malware-free. Also, do not forget to backup personal files. As long as copies exist outside the computer that holds the original files, you will never have to lose them again.