Havoc Ransomware Description
The Havoc Ransomware is a ransomware Trojan that carries out a typical attack of this nature. A bright violet ransom note characterizes the Havoc Ransomware’s. The Havoc Ransomware first appeared in January 2017, and there is little to differentiate the Havoc Ransomware from the numerous other ransomware Trojans that are active today. The Havoc Ransomware's executable note is named 'Havoc.exe' and is commonly distributed using corrupted file attachments contained in spam email messages. The Havoc Ransomware, despite its unremarkable nature, is still capable of carrying out a harmful and effective encryption ransomware attack.
How the Havoc Ransomware Carries out Its Attack on Your Computer
In the Havoc Ransomware's executable files' file information section there is the message 'Will bring the Havoc to your PC.' Despite the scary language, however, the Havoc Ransomware's attack is nothing out of the ordinary and standard precautions against ransomware (such as having a strong anti-malware program that is fully up-to-date and keeping backups of all files) will suffice to stop the Havoc Ransomware in its tracks and minimize any potential damage. The Havoc Ransomware uses the RSA256 encryption to lock the victim's files, targeting a wide variety of files that can include video and audio files, text files, databases, images, and numerous other commonly used file types. The Havoc Ransomware will not encrypt files that are larger than a certain limit, to make sure that the attack is as fast as possible. The files that are encrypted by the Havoc Ransomware are easy to identify because the Havoc Ransomware will add the file extension '.HavocCrypt' to each affected file's name. Once a file has been encrypted by the Havoc Ransomware, it is no longer readable, essentially allowing con artists to take those files' hostage (since they hold the decryption key in their possession). The Havoc Ransomware delivers its ransom note in the form of an HTA window that contains the following text:
'Havoc Ransomware MK II
You have fallen victim to the Havoc ransomware, written by yours truely, BinaryEmperor. All of your important files have been encrypted using an advanced & uncrackable encryption. To retrieve your files, it is simple of course. But for a moderate fee. A one time payment of $150 in Bitcoin will do. Once you have paid the previously specified amount to the address, contact us by our email below. Upon contact and payment confirmation, you will recieve a decryption key, to recover your files. If the payment is not made within 48 hours [2 Days] your key will be lost forever. Time Left: 47:59:40 Shutting down, or closing of this application in any way, Will result in loss of your decryption key!
Our Bitcoin Address: [34 RANDOM CHARACTERS]
Our Email Address: the HavocPayday@Sigaint.Org
Your Victim ID: [40 RANDOM CHARACTERS]
Paid the ransom? Great! Lets get to decrypting your files. Enter your decryption key emailed to you below!'
Dealing with a Havoc Ransomware Infection
Victims of the Havoc Ransomware are encouraged by these people to contact them at the email address Havocpayday@Sigaint.org to obtain the decryption key. The Havoc Ransomware's ransom is the equivalent of approximately $150 USD in BitCoins. PC security analysts do not recommend that computer users pay the Havoc Ransomware's ransom. Besides allowing the people responsible for the Havoc Ransomware to continue creating these threats, it also is not effective – there are numerous cases of con artists ignoring the victims or increasing the ransom amount. Instead, it is important to remember that having backups of all files makes attacks like the Havoc Ransomware completely ineffective. It is also possible to intercept the Havoc Ransomware infection with the use of a reliable security program that is fully up-to-date. Since the Havoc Ransomware may be delivered through corrupted spam email attachments, caution when handling this type of content is essential to preventing attacks. Malware analysts strongly advise computer users to avoid opening unsolicited email attachments and always ascertain the contents of an email attachment before opening it to avoid the Havoc Ransomware and similar malware threats.
File System Details
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