Trick-Or-Treat Ransomware is a rather scary-looking malicious application users can encounter while visiting malicious web pages, downloading unreliable setup files, suspicious email attachments, and so on. However, despite its disturbing appearance, the malware should not pose any danger to the user’s data, the system, or the device itself. It looks like the cyber criminals behind Trick-Or-Treat Ransomware were trying to create a dangerous Halloween themed file-encrypting software, but ended up developing a tool that is barely capable of anything. Nonetheless, it does not mean keeping it on the system is safe. Our researchers certainly do not advise this and to encourage you to get rid of the malware, they created deletion steps you can find a bit below the report. Of course, before sliding down, we recommend reading the text so you could learn more about this threat and perhaps pick a tip or two on how to guard the system against harmful software in the future.
Compared to other ransomware applications Trick-Or-Treat Ransomware looks completely harmless, so in a way, users who receive it should probably feel happy they did not encounter a more vicious threat. Usually, similar malicious applications create copies of itself and a couple of Registry entries to make the infected computer launch the malware automatically each time it restarts. Also, such software is often supposed to connect to some remote server from which it might download other necessary files or save the unique decryption key needed to unlock enciphered files together with the decryption tool. In this case, the malicious application does neither of the described tasks nor is it capable of encrypting user’s data.
It appears to be Trick-Or-Treat Ransomware is capable of just opening a pop-up window named Trick or Treat. On the top-left corner of this pop-up, the user should see a short message saying “Uh Oh! Your Files Have Been Encrypted, By Trick-Or-Treat Ransomware!” The content on the right side of the window is a button called Trick Or Treat, a rather disturbing image and a button titled “Decrypt My File’s!” below the picture. Apparently, the malware’s window even has the minimize/maximize and X buttons. It means the user can close the malicious program's window with no trouble. After doing so, the program can come back only if you open its launcher again.
Just as we said at the beginning of the text users could receive Trick-Or-Treat Ransomware’s launcher in many different ways. For instance, some users download malicious data from Spam emails or while downloading software installers from torrent and other untrustworthy file-sharing web pages. Therefore, first of all, we would advise users pay more attention to the content they interact with or decide to download. If the email attachment comes from an unknown sender, it is definitely a bad idea to open it without at least scanning the file with a reliable antimalware tool. In fact, same goes for any other suspicious data like installers from untrustworthy file-sharing websites, and so on.
Another thing you could do to keep the computer secure is stay away from possibly malicious web pages, suspicious pop-up ads, etc. Additionally, our researchers recommend doing regular backups of all data on the computer or more important files, because in case you encounter a ransomware that can encipher files, you could lose them instantly. Luckily, with Trick-Or-Treat Ransomware you do not have to worry about recovering encrypting data, so if you did encounter it, we advise you to get rid of it with no hesitation. It should not be difficult to handle it manually, so if you feel up to such a task have a look at the instructions located below this text. The other way to deal with the malware is to acquire a reliable antimalware tool and do a full system scan.
|#||File Name||File Size (Bytes)||File Hash|
|1||Trick or Treat Ransomware.exe||569856 bytes||MD5: aa650a5aa6ab377a87bcebc479a41d35|
|#||Process Name||Process Filename||Main module size|
|1||Trick or Treat Ransomware.exe||Trick or Treat Ransomware.exe||569856 bytes|