Do you know what BadEncript Ransomware is?
If you have found your Desktop covered with a black window claiming that “your files are encrypted with AES-256,” it might be true that BadEncript Ransomware is inside the computer and has already encrypted the personal data stored on the machine. It should be already clear after this message that it only seeks to obtain money from you. To make you believe that this is very serious, this infection locks the screen and gives users only 72 hours to make a payment. Do not worry; the screen-locking window can be easily removed by killing the process of the ransomware infection; however, we cannot say the same about files encrypted by BadEncript Ransomware. Since a strong encryption algorithm is used by this file-encrypting infection, it might be extremely hard to unlock files without the special key. We do not promise anything, but you should try all free data recovery tools (download them from good websites and install them very attentively!) that can be downloaded from the web. You do not need to do that if you have backed up your all files before the entrance of this malicious application. No matter what you are going to do to get your files back, you still need to delete BadEncript Ransomware fully from your computer to make sure that it does not launch and cause trouble.BadEncript Ransomware screenshot
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Once the malicious file is launched, the process BadEncrypt is immediately created in the Task Manager. Then, as you already know, the screen-locking window appears. If you close this window, i.e. kill the malicious process, you will find another file More.html on Desktop. It contains one sentence (“Your files were encrypted by BadEncript ransomware”) and step-by-step instructions showing how to decrypt files having the filename extension .bript. It is evident that cyber criminals wish to receive money from users because people are told to send money to the provided Bitcoin address and then click the Check Wallet button. Of course, the button will no longer be visible if you close the screen-locking window opened by this infection. Our research team has found that cyber criminals behind this computer infection demand a ransom of 0.1 Bitcoin (approximately 100 USD) at the time of writing. Even though you send money to them, it does not mean that you will receive the key to unlock your files. As the previous experience of our researchers shows, cyber criminals often do not even store users’ keys anywhere. In other words, they do not have what to send to users after receiving money. Therefore, instead of hurrying to make a payment, you should try those alternative file recovery methods presented at the end of the first paragraph.
It is not know how this computer infection is distributed at the time of writing; however, it is clear that it illegally enters computers. Once it is inside the system, it creates a malicious file and a process, so it usually does not take much time to realize that a malicious application has successfully entered the computer. According to researchers, a new version of this threat might drop a second file BadEncriptMBR.exe too. In the opinion of specialists, it might be able to modify MBR (Master Boot Record) as well. As can be seen, ransomware infections might be extremely harmful. In some cases, they apply a bunch of changes on the infected computer rather than encrypting users’ files and then demanding a ransom only. Therefore, it would be smart to install a reputable security tool for protecting the computer from harm.
The version of BadEncript Ransomware our specialists have tested in the internal lab can be easily removed by killing the malicious process (BadEncrypt) in the Task Manager and then removing the malicious file (it might have a name JSONConvertRans0m.txt.exe) launched. Of course, theoretically, newer versions of this malicious application might be more sophisticated. In such a case, we highly recommend using an automatic malware remover, e.g. SpyHunter to erase the ransomware infection easily and quickly.
Delete BadEncript Ransomware manually
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Del simultaneously.
- Start the Task Manager.
- Open the Processes tab.
- Right-click on the process of the malicious application and click End Process.
- Close the Task Manager.
- Go to find the malicious file you have launched (it might be located in %TEMP%, %USERPROFILE%\Desktop or %USERPROFILE%\Downloads).
- Delete it.
- Clear the Recycle bin.
In non-techie terms:
Unfortunately, the presence of BadEncript Ransomware indicates that your PC is not well protected from malware. Just like this malicious application, other threats could have entered your system without permission too. They might be performing activities on your computer now, but you do not know about that. To find out whether or not it is true and take care of additional malware, you should scan your PC with an automatic tool. You do not need to do that again if BadEncript Ransomware has been erased with the help of a trustworthy automated tool because it has, surely, already found and deleted other infections from the computer together with the ransomware infection too.