The vGriefferS Ransomware is a file-locking Trojan without a known family. It can stop the user's media, such as documents and pictures, from opening by encrypting them. Users should ignore all ransom demands in its pop-up alert and restore from a backup after letting appropriate security solutions remove the vGriefferS Ransomware.
Upcoming Problems for Polish PCs
Windows users in Poland have a new source of danger to their saved media, although, hopefully, they already have backups for recovering any of it. The vGriefferS Ransomware is a simple and straightforward threat that extorts money from Polish speakers after locking their files. Although it lacks many features, malware experts point to its overbearing warning message as likely to cause panic in any victims.
The vGriefferS Ransomware blocks files such as pictures, documents, spreadsheets, or media, by encrypting them using a routine whose security malware experts haven't had a chance to examine. Unlike most file-locker Trojans, a la Hidden Tear, the Scarab Ransomware, the Globe Ransomware, and so forth, the vGriefferS Ransomware doesn't change the files' names in any way or add extensions to them. However, users double-clicking them will find that the files won't open.
The vGriefferS Ransomware uses a pop-up as its ransom note and targets Polish users, comparably to the KOMENDA GŁÓWNA POLICJI Ransomware or the Vortex Ransomware campaigns. It includes standard warnings and instructions for paying the attacker for unlocking the files. Notable elements include a tight deadline of one hour and an assertion that the Trojan destroys the hard drive after a reboot. Although the vGriefferS Ransomware may add this feature in upcoming versions, so far, malware experts see no cases of its implementing this attack as it claims.
However, users rebooting their computers as part of a disinfection procedure should remember the usefulness of features like Safe Mode or USB-booting drives. These extra steps disable most threats' auto-startup routines.
Tackling European Trojans with Vague Ransoms
Victims of the vGriefferS Ransomware attacks should have backups for recovery in worst-case scenarios. Most encryption routines are secure against third-party solutions that are downloadable freely. For the best security, malware researchers recommend non-local backups particularly. Both cloud services and storage drives like USB sticks qualify.
After an initial inspection of the vGriefferS Ransomware's executables, malware researchers lack distinct evidence of ongoing infection strategies. Attackers may hack servers' weak passwords or use exploits in out-of-date, unpatched software for gaining access to targets. They also could seed the vGriefferS Ransomware as a torrent, such as a movie or game crack. E-mails also thrive as infection vectors for file-locking Trojans.
No matter what its means of arrival is, most security applications can identify with reliable heuristic methods. Anti-malware service-based disinfection will remove the vGriefferS Ransomware but can't restore encrypted files – hence the need for backups.
The vGriefferS Ransomware expects Polish citizens as the victim demographic but could harm Windows PCs' files in other places. Since they're so often the target of these attacks, all Windows users should have the protections in place for thwarting the vGriefferS Ransomware before it ever starts attacking.