Is this a serious infection
The ransomware known as Ragnarok ransomware is categorized as a severe threat, due to the amount of harm it may do to your computer. While ransomware has been a widely reported on topic, you might have missed it, therefore you might not know what infection might mean to your system. Powerful encryption algorithms are used to encrypt your data, and if yours are indeed locked, you you won’t be able to access them any longer. Because file decryption isn’t possible in all cases, not to mention the time and effort it takes to get everything back in order, file encrypting malware is believed to be a very dangerous infection. Crooks will give you the option of recovering files by paying the ransom, but that is not the recommended option. First of all, paying won’t ensure data decryption. There’s nothing stopping criminals from just taking your money, and not providing a way to decrypt files. Additionally, that ransom money would finance future file encrypting malware and malware projects. Do you really want to be a supporter of criminal activity that does damage worth billions of dollars. People are also becoming more and more attracted to the business because the more people comply with the requests, the more profitable it becomes. Situations where you might end up losing your data are pretty common so a much better purchase might be backup. You could then just uninstall Ragnarok ransomware and restore data. Information about the most common spreads methods will be provided in the below paragraph, if you’re unsure about how the ransomware managed to infect your system.
How to avoid a ransomware infection
Ransomware commonly travels via methods like email attachments, harmful downloads and exploit kits. Because people are pretty negligent when they open emails and download files, there is usually no need for ransomware spreaders to use more elaborate ways. That doesn’t mean that distributors don’t use more elaborate methods at all, however. Cyber crooks write a pretty convincing email, while using the name of a known company or organization, attach the malware to the email and send it to many people. You’ll commonly come across topics about money in those emails, as those types of delicate topics are what users are more inclined to fall for. And if someone who pretends to be Amazon was to email a person that questionable activity was observed in their account or a purchase, the account owner may panic, turn hasty as a result and end up opening the added file. Because of this, you need to be cautious about opening emails, and look out for signs that they might be malicious. Check the sender to see if it’s someone you know. And if you are familiar with them, check the email address to make sure it matches the person’s/company’s real address. Also, be on the look out for grammatical errors, which generally tend to be rather glaring. The greeting used might also be a clue, a legitimate company’s email important enough to open would include your name in the greeting, instead of a generic Customer or Member. Weak spots in a system might also be used by a file encrypting malware to get into your system. A program comes with vulnerabilities that could be exploited by file encoding malicious software but they’re regularly patched by vendors. As has been shown by WannaCry, however, not everyone rushes to install those patches. It’s crucial that you install those updates because if a weak spot is serious, it may be used by all kinds of malware. Patches could be set to install automatically, if you do not wish to trouble yourself with them every time.
What does it do
Your data will be encoded by ransomware as soon as it infects your system. You will not be able to open your files, so even if you do not notice the encryption process, you’ll know eventually. You’ll see that a file extension has been attached to all encoded files, which assists users in recognizing which file encoding malware they have. Sadly, it may not be possible to decrypt files if the file encoding malware used strong encryption algorithms. If you are still not sure what’s going on, everything will be made clear in the ransom notification. They’ll propose you a decryption utility, which will cost you. If the ransom amount isn’t specified, you would have to use the supplied email address to contact the hackers to find out the amount, which could depend on the value of your files. For already discussed reasons, paying the hackers isn’t the encouraged choice. Before even considering paying, look into all other options first. Try to remember whether you have ever made backup, your files may be stored somewhere. For some file encrypting malicious software, decryptors might even be found for free. If a malware specialist can crack the ransomware, a free decryptors might be created. Keep this in mind before paying the demanded money even crosses your mind. Using that sum for backup could be more helpful. If you have saved your files somewhere, you can go recover them after you fix Ragnarok ransomware virus. Now that you are aware of how much harm this kind of threat may do, try to dodge it as much as possible. At the very least, stop opening email attachments left and right, update your software, and only download from sources you know you can trust.
How to erase Ragnarok ransomware virus
If you want to fully get rid of the file encrypting malware, you’ll have to get file encrypting malicious software. It can be quite difficult to manually fix Ragnarok ransomware virus because a mistake may lead to further damage. Opting to use an anti-malware utility is a better choice. This tool is useful to have on the system because it might not only fix Ragnarok ransomware but also stopping one from getting in in the future. So select a tool, install it, have it scan the device and once the ransomware is located, terminate it. The utility won’t help recover your files, however. If the data encoding malicious software is completely gone, restore your data from where you are keeping them stored, and if you don’t have it, start using it.