About this infection
REHA ransomware malicious software is categorized as a very harmful infection because it’ll attempt to lock your files. It is also referred to as ransomware, which is a term you should be more familiar with. There is a high possibility that you recently opened a malicious attachment or downloaded from harmful sources, and that is how the threat entered. We’ll explain the likely methods in more details and give tips on how you may bypass such threats in the future. Become familiar with how ransomware spreads, because an infection might have severe consequences. If ransomware was unfamiliar to you until now, it might be pretty unpleasant to realize what happened to your files. You’ll be unable to open them, and would soon find that you are asked to give hackers money in exchange for a decryptor. Remember who you are dealing with if you consider giving into the requests, because it is doubtful cyber criminals will take the trouble sending a decryptor. We are more inclined to believe that they will not help you decrypt your data. This, in addition to that money supporting an industry that’s responsible for millions dollars worth of damages, is why malware specialists generally do not recommend giving into the demands. It’s likely that a free decryptor has been released, as malicious software analyst could sometimes crack the ransomware. Research other options to restore files, including the possibility of a free decryption tool, before think about paying. If you did take care to backup your files, you can restore them after you terminate REHA ransomware.
How to avoid a ransomware infection
In this section, we will try to find out how your machine may have gotten contaminated in the first place. Ransomware tends to use quite basic ways for infection but a more sophisticated method isn’t impossible. Spam email and malware downloads are popular among low-level ransomware creators/distributors as they don’t require a lot of skill. You probably picked up the infection when you opened an email attachment that was contaminated with the malware. An infected file is attached to a kind of authentic email, and sent to potential victims, whose email addresses hackers probably acquired from other cyber crooks. If you know what to look for, the email will be pretty obvious, but otherwise, it is pretty easy to see why some users would open it. If you see that the sender’s email address is quite random, or if there are grammar mistakes in the text, that could be a sign that you’re dealing with an infected email, particularly if it landed in your spam folder. Criminals also tend to use known company names to ease users. So, as an example, if Amazon emails you, you still have to check whether the email address actually belongs to the company. If your name is not mentioned in the email, for example, in the greeting, that ought to raise suspicion. If a company with whom you have dealt with before sends you an email, they will always address you by name, instead of Member/User/Customer. Let’s say you’re an Amazon customer, all emails they send you will have your name (or the one you have supplied them with) inserted in the greeting, as it’s done automatically.
In case you want the short version, always check sender’s identity before opening an attachment. Be careful to not interact with ads when you are visiting particular, questionable web pages. It wouldn’t be a surprise if by clicking on an ad you end up allowing malware to download. No matter how appealing an advert may look, don’t interact with it. By downloading from questionable sources, you could be accidentally jeopardizing your device. If you are regularly using torrents, the least you might do is to read people’s comments before downloading one. It would also not be strange for vulnerabilities in programs to be used for the infection to be able to get in. That is why it is so important to install updates, whenever an update becomes available. When software vendors become aware of a flaw, they usually release a fix, and all you really need to do is install the fix.
What does it do
The ransomware will start searching for certain files to encrypt as soon as you open it. Files targeted for encryption will be documents, media files (photos, video, music) and everything else that could be important to you. A strong encryption algorithm will be used for locking the files ransomware has located. The locked files will have a weird extension added to them, so you’ll easily notice which ones have been locked. A ransom message ought to then appear, which will offer you a decryption tool in exchange for money. The payment request could be from $50 to a couple of thousand dollars, it really depends on the ransomware. While we’ve already explained that complying with the requests is not the best choice, the decision is yours to make. However, first of all, look into other ways to recover files. Maybe a decryptor has been released for free by malicious software specialists. Maybe you did back up your files in some way, and simply don’t remember it. It could also be possible that the Shadow copies of your files were not erased, which means they are recoverable via Shadow Explorer. And if you don’t want to end up in this kind of situation again, ensure you back up your files in a regular manner. In case you do have backup, first remove REHA ransomware and only then go to file recovery.
REHA ransomware termination
Firstly, we ought to point out that we do not think manually uninstalling the infection is the best idea. If you make an error, you may end up irreversibly harming your machine. Using an anti-malware tool to eliminate the threat is what you ought to do because everything would be done for you. These security tools are created to shield your machine, and remove REHA ransomware or similar malware threats, so it shouldn’t cause issues. Your files will remain encrypted after ransomware termination, as the utility is not capable of assisting you in that regard. You will have to look into how you can recover files yourself.