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How to Remove Extortionist Ransomware – Security Tips

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Extortionist ransomware is a malicious piece of software that belongs to the family of ransomware viruses called VoidCrypt. Soon after infiltrating the targeted computers, this piece of malware infection runs a powerful encryption mechanism over all the stored files to encrypt them and then enforces the victims to pay a certain amount of money as a fee in exchange for a decryption key or software.

If you’re unable to access or open any of your files, then you can use this guide to remove Extortionist ransomware infection from your computer system and decrypt compromised files without paying the ransom amount.

What is Extortionist Ransomware? 

According to cybersecurity professionals, Extortionist is the name of a newly found ransomware-type virus that derives from the VoidCrypt ransomware family group. After invading systems, it encrypts images, audio, videos, and other kinds of files stored on the victim’s computer.

During running the encryption module, it changes the compromised filenames by appending a new extension that includes basically a pattern of the original file name, email address of cybercriminals (openthefile@mailfence.com), a string of ransom characters, and lastly .Extortionist extension. For instance, it renames a file named “myphoto.png” to “myphoto.png.[openthefile@mailfence.com][AP-MR582369741].Extortionist”.

At the end of the encryption procedure, the ransomware virus drops a text file-based ransom note (“Decrypt-me.txt”) onto the victim’s desktop. The message presented in the text file states that all stored files have been encrypted and in order to restore them victims must have to pay a certain amount of ransom money in Bitcoin cryptocurrency. The ransom note further instructs users to go to the “C:\ProgramData\” folder in their systems and send the “prvkey*.txt.key” file through the provided email address. 

How Does Extortionist Ransomware Infect Your Computer?

Extortionist ransomware or other file-locking viruses are generally distributed to the targeted computers through the following methods.

  • Email spam campaigns 
  • Malicious advertisements 
  • Installers for cracked software 
  • Dubious downloading channels
  • Peer-to-Peer file-sharing networks

How to Remove Extortionist Malware from PC?

Extortionist and other similar types of infections can be removed using both manual and automatic methods. If you don’t have enough time or computer skills that are needed for the manual removal process, you are suggested to use a powerful anti-malware program to perform the ransomware removal task automatically. Once the ransomware virus is removed, you can use a professional tool for file recovery.

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