Is HORSELIKER ransomware a serious threat
HORSELIKER ransomware will encrypt your files and demand that you make a payment in exchange for a decryption key. Due to how ransomware acts, it is highly dangerous to have ransomware on the computer. Once you open the ransomware-infected file, it will locate specific files and lock them. Ransomware targets files that are the most essential to users. You won’t be able to open files so easily, you will have to unlock them using a specialized key, which is in the possession of the criminals who locked your files in the first place. In some cases, a decryptor might be released free of charge by malicious software who may be able to crack the ransomware. It isn’t certain if or when a decryptor will be created but that is your best option if you haven’t made copies of your files.
You will find a ransom note put on your computer after the encryption process is finished. Seeing as ransomware authors aim to make as much money as possible, you’ll be requested to pay for a decryption application if you want to be able to open your files ever again. Our next statement won’t shock you but it isn’t advised to pay the hackers anything. Crooks taking your money while not helping you recover files isn’t impossible. Moreover, that payment will probably go towards supporting other malicious software projects. Thus, consider buying backup. Just erase HORSELIKER ransomware if your files have been backed up.
The spread methods used will be clarified more thoroughly later on but the short version is that you probably fell for a fake update or opened a malicious spam email. Such methods are favored by cyber criminals as advanced knowledge isn’t needed.
How is ransomware spread
You can get infected in a couple of different ways, but as we have said above, you possibly got the contamination through fake updates and spam emails. We suggest you familiarize yourself with how to identify infected spam emails, if you believe you contaminated your system by opening a file attached to a spam email. Always thoroughly check the email before opening the file added. Malware spreaders frequently pretend to be from known companies so that users lower their guard and open emails without thinking about it. As an example, the sender could claim to be Amazon and that they are emailing you with concerns about strange behavior in your account. Whether it’s Amazon or whichever other company, you should be able to easily check whether it is true or not. Compare the sender’s email address with the ones the company actually uses, and if there are no records of the address used by anyone legitimate, don’t open the attachment. If you are uncertain scan the attachment with a trustworthy malware scanner, just to be certain.
Malicious program updates are another way to get the infection. Those kinds of malicious software update offers might appear when you visit questionable web pages. In some cases, you can run into those update offers in advert or banner form and it can look quite credible to those who have not seen them before. Nevertheless, for those who knows that no real updates will ever be offered this way, such false alerts will be obvious. You ought to never download anything from ads, because the consequences may be highly harmful. Keep in mind that if an application requires an update, the application will either automatically update or notify you through the application, not through your browser.
How does this malware behave
In case you have not noticed yet, your files are now locked. As soon as the malware file was opened, the ransomware started encrypting your files, which you may not have necessarily noticed. Files that were affected will now have an extension, which will help you differentiate affected files. There is no use in trying to open affected files since they’ve been locked with a powerful encryption algorithm. The ransom note, which should be placed either on your desktop or in folders containing encrypted files, should explain what happened to your files and what your options are. Ransom notes ordinarily appear very similar to one another, include threats about files being removed forever and tell you how to recover them by making a payment. It is possible that hackers behind this ransomware have the sole decryptor but even if that is true, it’s not advised to pay the ransom. Realistically, how likely is it that hackers, who locked your files in the first place, will feel any responsibility to restore your files, even after you pay. If you pay this time, criminals may believe you would be inclined to pay again, thus you could become a target again.
It may be the case that you have uploaded some of your files somewhere, so look into that. In case malicious software specialists are able to make a free decryption tool in the future, store all of your locked files somewhere safe. It is pretty important to uninstall HORSELIKER ransomware from your computer as soon as possible, in any case.
Backups need to be made frequently, so hopefully you will start doing that. It’s not unlikely that you will end up in the same situation again, so if you do not want to jeopardize your files again, backup is important. Backup prices differ based on in which backup option you opt for, but the purchase is definitely worth it if you have files you wish to safekeep.
Ways to terminate HORSELIKER ransomware
If you are reading this, manual removal is not a great idea. Obtain and have anti-malware program to take care of everything because otherwise, you could end up doing more harm. If anti-malware program can’t be initiated, boot your device in Safe Mode. As soon as your system boots in Safe Mode, allow the malicious software removal program to erase HORSELIKER ransomware. Sadly, malicious software removal program can’t unlock files, it’ll just delete the infection.