In the movie merging with the alien Venom gave the main character superhuman strength; unfortunately, Venom Ransomware, created by the movie’s hacker fans, does not benefit the infected computer at all. What it does is encrypt all pictures, documents, and other private user’s files to make them unusable. It is possible to decrypt them, but to do so, one would need a unique decryption key. Based on the message on the malware’s ransom note, the hackers will provide it only if the victim pays a ransom. If you are considering such an option, you should know it could be risky, as you cannot know for sure if the malicious application’s developers will deliver the needed key as promised. To learn more about the threat and how it works, you should continue reading our report. Since we recommend erasing Venom Ransomware, you can find its deletion instructions just a bit below the text too.
Venom Ransomware might be spread through popular malware distribution channels, such as malicious emails, unreliable file-sharing websites, and harmful advertisements. Therefore, if you have noticed it on your computer, you ought to recall what the last suspicious file you have received/downloaded and opened was. To avoid launching threats unknowingly in the future, we would advise you to pay more attention to emails you receive. Before opening the attachment, the user should check if the sender’s address is not forged and if the email contains any links, it’s better to inspect their URL addresses first. Also, users should stay away from sites that could distribute infected software installers, fake updates, or data alike. If you are not sure you can stay out of trouble on your own, we advise employing a reliable security tool that could warn you about potentially dangerous material.
It does not look like Venom Ransomware needs to create any additional data. In other words, it starts working right after the user opens its launcher (some suspicious file obtained from unreliable sources). The threat should start encrypting user’s data with a strong encryption algorithm. It mostly targets private files, so program data or files associated with the operating system should remain unencrypted. Afterward, the malicious application ought to open a pop-up window. On it, you should see a ransom note written in questions and answers form. One of the paragraphs explains how the user can restore his encrypted files by purchasing a decryption tool the hackers have. Further instructions should explain how to make a payment and use the promised decryption key. As mentioned earlier, we recommend against paying the ransom as there is a possibility you could get scammed. If you do not wish to risk it, we advise deleting Venom Ransomware instead.
To remove the malware, the user should erase its launcher that could be any recently downloaded file. The instructions located below will show you how you could find this file and how to get rid of it. Nonetheless, if you do not think you can remove Venom Ransomware manually even with the help of the provided instructions, we advise installing a reliable security tool that could deal with the malicious application for you.