If you open spam emails and the files attached to them without even thinking of the potential risks, it might be a matter of time before Taka Ransomware enters your operating system. This dangerous ransomware belongs to the group of such dangerous threats as Flyper Ransomware, Restore@protonmail.ch Ransomware, or Domino Ransomware, and its only goal is to make you pay for the decryption of your files. This infection does not try to fool you or trick you. It actually encrypts your files using a complex algorithm, and cyber crooks are the only ones who have the decryption key that you need. Of course, it is possible that third-party decryption tools will be created to unlock the files corrupted by this infection, but, at the moment, such tools do not exist. That means that cyber criminals have all the power in their hands, and they can demand a huge ransom fee from you. Even if you delete Taka Ransomware from your operating system, your files will remain locked, and that is why you should not rush into anything. First, read this report and then decide what you should do.
Unsurprisingly, Taka Ransomware is spread via spam emails. The executable of this ransomware is concealed as a file with a Java icon, and that might trick users into thinking that it is harmless. Of course, if you open this file, the ransomware will be launched, additional components will be created, and the encryption process will begin. Unfortunately, the devious Taka Ransomware is set to attack your most personal files. Of course, it would make absolutely no sense of this infection to corrupt system files because it needs a “healthy” operating system to perform all malicious actions and introduce you to the cyber criminals’ demands. The files that Taka Ransomware targets include photos, documents, videos, and other files that cannot be replaced. Notably, these files will get the “.xxx” extension added to their names. As our research team has discovered, the files are encrypted using the AES algorithm, but the decryption key – which is stored in a remote location – is encrypted using the RSA algorithm. Needless to say, deciphering these algorithms manually is impossible, and cyber criminals know it. That is exactly why they are not shy at asking you for a ransom payment.
Although the “ATTENTION” pop-up that appears right after the encryption is complete does not mention the ransom, the “help_dcfile.txt” file placed on the Desktop informs that you are expected to pay a ransom of 0.5 Bitcoins (around 300 USD) within 3 days. The Taka Ransomware message suggests that you need to purchase bitcoins and transfer them to the “1HfaCTfwsVXDitg9SgV8cR8ujYs7ZcKkto” Bitcoin address (you can track transactions via blockchain.info/address/1HfaCTfwsVXDitg9SgV8cR8ujYs7ZcKkto). The message delivered via the TXT file promises that a decryption key will be made available to you as soon as you confirm the transaction by providing cyber criminals with a special ID number. Even if you have the money to pay the ransom, you should think twice if you should get involved. After all, cyber crooks are completely unpredictable, and they could take your money without holding their end of the bargain. If your most valued files are backed up, you should think if the rest of them are worth taking a risk for. If you decide that they are not, immediately remove Taka Ransomware from your PC.
The manual removal of Taka Ransomware is not the most complicated of tasks, and we are sure that you will be able to get rid of this infection using a few simple steps. Needless to say, installing a legitimate malware scanner afterward is imperative. You do not want to overlook any leftovers, and a reliable scanner will not allow that. Even better, this tool will help you discover additional threats if they exist. Considering that your operating system has been proven to be vulnerable by the entrance of the devious ransomware, it is possible that other infections have entered without your notice previously. If you want to take things further, you can install an anti-malware tool that will automatically locate and erase malware and keep your operating system reliably protected against devious infections in the future.