Usam Ransomware is a new variant of a malicious application known as Stop Ransomware. It means that both of the threats are very alike and work almost the same. If you have not heard about such ransomware applications yet and would like to know more about them, we invite you to read our full report. In the text, we talk about how the new variant could infect your device and what it might do to your system and files. Of course, we also talk about how users can delete Usam Ransomware because leaving it on a system unattended could be dangerous. If you want to try to remove it manually, we can offer our deletion instructions at the end of the article. Feel free to use our comments section as well if you have any questions related to the discussed ransomware.
Understanding how threats like Usam Ransomware get to be spread is vital if you want to avoid such malicious applications. Our specialists say that same as other threats from the Stop Ransomware family; it might be distributed with malicious email attachments, links in messages, or installers on file-sharing websites. Thus, users who open files offered on unreliable websites or data received from questionable or unfamiliar senders risk getting their systems infected unknowingly. In other words, to protect your computer against such malware, you should never open files or links that come from doubtful sources. If, for some reason, you want to open an unreliable file, we recommend scanning it with a reliable antimalware tool first. If a file appears to be malicious, you would be aware of the danger and could protect your system by erasing the detected file instead of launching it.
Next, we ought to talk about what may happen if Usam Ransomware appears on your computer. Specialists say that the threat might create a few files that it might need so that it could restart with the system whenever a victim restarts or turn on his computer. Once this task is done, the malicious application might start encrypting various documents, videos, pictures, etc. Our researchers believe that the threat ought to be after personal files as they could be irreplaceable and, thus, more valuable to victims. Sadly, not all users back up their files or do it often enough. Files that get encrypted should receive a second extension called .usam, for example, flowers.jpg.usam. Also, encrypted files should become locked. Meaning, it ought to be impossible to open them without special decryption tools. Usam Ransomware’s creators might claim that they have the needed tools and that they are willing to sell them. The instructions on how to buy them ought to appear on a ransom note called _readme.txt. As usual for Stop Ransomware infections, the note should say that users can pay only half of the price, which would be 490 US dollars if they get in touch with the malware’s creators in 72 hours.
The reason why it is inadvisable to contact hackers or pay the ransom is that hackers might not send the decryption tools even if they promise to do so. If they do not, your money could be lost in vain. Thus, if you do not want to risk getting scammed, we advise against dealing with hackers. Instead, we recommend erasing Usam Ransomware as it might be risky to leave it on your system. That is because it can restart with your operating system, and every time that it does, there is a risk that it could start encrypting new data. To try to remove it manually, you could use the instructions located below. If you prefer using automatic features, we advise getting a reliable antimalware tool to eliminate Usam Ransomware.