'.UCRYPT File Extension' Ransomware

'.UCRYPT File Extension' Ransomware Description

The '.UCRYPT File Extension' Ransomware is one of the countless variants of the Globe Ransomware that have appeared in Fall of 2016. The '.UCRYPT File Extension' Ransomware was first observed in November of 2016. The '.UCRYPT File Extension' Ransomware carries out a fairly typical ransomware infection that, unfortunately, is quite effective. It is clear that con artists, though constant tweaking of their models have made ransomware threats that are ever more difficult to prevent or recover from. The '.UCRYPT File Extension' Ransomware is being distributed through a corrupted DOCX file that is attached to spam email messages specifically. This file exploits macros on the Microsoft Office, allowing the '.UCRYPT File Extension' Ransomware to be downloaded and installed on the victim's computer without intervention from the victim's User Account Control or anti-malware software. Once the '.UCRYPT File Extension' Ransomware is installed, it encrypts the victim's files and demands the payment of a ransom in exchange for the key that is necessary to recover the encrypted content.

How the '.UCRYPT File Extension' Ransomware Carries out Its Attack

The '.UCRYPT File Extension' Ransomware encrypts its victim's data in the background, using a strong encryption algorithm to generate a private key, which the con artists will have in their possession. Without this key, it is not possible to recover the files that have been compromised by the '.UCRYPT File Extension' Ransomware. The '.UCRYPT File Extension' Ransomware targets media files, images, documents, database information, eBooks, and a variety of other file types that could have value to computer users. The '.UCRYPT File Extension' Ransomware will search for these files on all local drives, as well as on removable memory devices connected to the infected the computer and drives shared on a network. As its name indicates, the files encrypted by the '.UCRYPT File Extension' Ransomware will be identified through the extension '.UCRYPT,' which is added to the affected files names. The '.UCRYPT File Extension' Ransomware delivers its ransom note in the form of an HTA file named 'Read Me Please.hta,' a ransom note format that has been preferred by ransomware in 2016 in the fall months, as an alternative to the more traditional text files that were typically used to deliver ransom notes after these attacks.

The '.UCRYPT File Extension' Ransomware's ransom note displays the following ransom note:

'YOUR FILES HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED!
Your personal ID
[random characters]
Your file have been encrypted with a powerful strain of a virus called ransomware.
Your files are encrypted using the same methods banks and the military use. There is currently no possible way to decrypt files with the private key.
Lucky for you, we can help. We are willing to sell you a decryptor UNIQUELY made for your computer (meaning someone else's decryptor will not work for you). Once you pay a small fee, we will instantly send you the software/info necessary to decrypt all your files, quickly and easily.'

There is a Free Decryptor Available for the '.UCRYPT File Extension' Ransomware

It is not often the case that PC security analysts are able to crack the encryption used by high-level encryption ransomware. Fortunately, malware analysts have released a free decryption application to help computer users affected by the '.UCRYPT File Extension' Ransomware. There are enough differences between Globe variants that one decryption program may help with one variant but not with another. In either case, malware analysts advise computer users affected by the '.UCRYPT File Extension' Ransomware to try decryption by using the publicly available decryption program after removing the '.UCRYPT File Extension' Ransomware infection itself with the help of a reliable security application. In case it is not successful, the best recovery method will always be restoring the files from backups. Computer users are advised to ensure that they have a backup of all data. This way, they can recover from a '.UCRYPT File Extension' Ransomware attack by replacing the encrypted files with backups of the originals.

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