The end of this week has been marked by the arrival of another ransomware virus called Pickles. There is nothing funny in this Python-based malware contrary to its name. The virus is not widely distributed yet, so there are very few samples on the Web to give you a full report on this one.
Interesting fact that makes Pickles ransomware removal a bit difficult is that it was written by high-level programmers who are far more than familiar with the sophisticated programming language. In this particular case, all infected files get a new extension of «.encrypted». It is easy to miss that something is wrong and your security along with the data is compromised if you don’t have any anti-malware protection. After finishing the encryption, Pickles ransomware informs the user with a note that demands a ransom to be paid.
All instructions from malware creators are written in the automatically opened txt file named READ_ME_TO_DECRYPT. It holds general information about the virus and what your options are. Malicious programs like Pickles Ransomware often suggest using Bitcoin wallets to pay for the decryption key that will bring your files back to normal deleting the «.encrypted». extension. In this case, their demand is $500 in Bitcoins. The contact email is provided – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only the most valuable files on your PC are targeted for encryption by the ransomware. To avoid losing those files we recommend them backed up somewhere safe. We also strongly suggest against contacting the developers and paying a ransom. There are no guarantees that cyber criminals will actually unblock your computer and restore the data. Plus, you will become a sponsor for next attacks contributing to the development of newer viruses and malicious software like this one.
According to our analysis and reports we receive, this locker infiltrates your computer via spam emails from the unknown sender. It comes in the form of suspicious attachment (it can be a text file, video, picture and so on). If you receive an email from the unknown source with a strange message and suspicious attachment, don’t rush to open it. Do not download and run executable files or applications from your inbox. Be aware of corrupted websites and infectious links as they might open a pathway for Trojans into your system.
Ransomware viruses like Pickles Ransomware are dangerous and should be treated accordingly in order to ensure your privacy and cybersecurity. They don’t have specific uninstallers, so you have to deal with the malicious software manually or leave it to suggested anti-malware programs that have proved their effectiveness. Luckily most advanced anti-malware solutions are already able to detect this threat. Try using Reimage, Plumbytes Anti-Malware or SpyHunter for that. For additional information on Pickles Ransomware removal check the paragraph below.
Symptoms of Pickles Ransomware infection on your computer can be: computer crashes, unusual homepage or search engine on your browser, unwanted pop-up ads and advertising banners. We recommend to download our automatic removal tool. This removal tool has been tested for Pickles Ransomware threat removal and it is easy to use.
After performing all of the steps above you should have all of your web browsers clean of the PICKLES RANSOMWARE and other suspicious add-ons and extensions. However to complete the removal procedure we strongly advise to scan your computer with antivirus and anti-malware tools like SpyHunter, HitmanPro 32-bit, HitmanPro 64-bit or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Those programs might help to you find registry entries of malware and remove them safely.