Do you know what Embrace Ransomware is?
Embrace Ransomware is not exactly a new ransomware infection even though it has been detected by specialists recently. Instead, it is an updated version of Everbe Ransomware. This malicious application has been developed to lock the most important users’ files, so a bunch of your files, including your documents, music, pictures, videos, and many other files will be encrypted if you ever encounter this malicious application. The ransomware infection also drops a ransom note after it encrypts data on the affected computer, but the exact amount of money users have to pay for decryption is not indicated. It only informs users that “every 7 days price doubles” to encourage them to make a payment without further ado. You should never send money to malicious software developers willingly because there are no guarantees that you will solve your problems this way. Our researchers say that victims should not even consider paying money to crooks as one of the options. Instead, they must delete malware from their computers right away.
As you already know, Embrace Ransomware will lock a bunch of your files completely after the successful entrance so that it could obtain money from you. We suspect that almost all your files will be encrypted, including the most valuable ones, but you will see which of them have been locked yourself soon. There is probably no need to say that it will be impossible to access those encrypted files. In addition, all encrypted files will get an additional filename extension appended next to the original extension. For example, file.jpg will become file.jpg.[firstname.lastname@example.org].embrace. You will also find a new file – !=How_recovery_files=!.txt – in all those folders that have been affected by the ransomware infection. A ransom note contains a short message for users. They are told that they need to write an email to email@example.com with a unique ID in the subject line if they want to restore their files. It is unclear how much decryption tool costs, but we are sure you will find out its price if you contact the author of Embrace Ransomware. Do not spend your money on the decryptor you might not even get. Without it, it might be impossible to unlock files, but this will not be a problem to you if you have a backup of these encrypted files – you could recover data easily after fully erasing the ransomware infection from your computer.Embrace Ransomware screenshot
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Users never install malicious applications on their computers consciously. There are many different methods to distribute malware, so we are not surprised at all that so many users cannot explain how they have ended up with it. Speaking about Embrace Ransomware, research has shown that it might be dropped on users’ computers if cyber criminals manage to hack their RDPs. In addition, it should be also actively distributed via spam emails. In the latter case, users are the ones who allow the ransomware infection to enter their computers by opening attachments from spam emails. There is nothing new about these two distribution methods – they are used to spread hundreds of different malicious applications. Make sure your RDP credentials are safe so that another threat could not illegally enter your computer ever again. In addition, do not open any spam emails you receive. Last but not least, for the overall system’s protection, enable a powerful antimalware tool on your computer.
No doubt you will manage to remove Embrace Ransomware from the system manually if you follow our step-by-step manual removal guide, but it does not mean that you could unlock your files. They will stay encrypted even if the ransomware infection is erased. Some users think that there is no point in deleting Embrace Ransomware when their files will not be decrypted, but what they do not know is that this threat might encrypt a bunch of new files on their PCs if they ever launch it again. This might happen accidentally.
Remove Embrace Ransomware
- Press Win+E.
- Type %USERPROFILE%\Downloads in its address bar.
- Press Enter.
- Delete suspicious files downloaded recently.
- Remove !=How_recovery_files=!.txt from all affected directories.
- Right-click on your Recycle Bin and select Empty Recycle Bin.
In non-techie terms:
Embrace Ransomware is a harmful malicious application designed to lock users’ personal files. It does not do this just for fun. Instead, it is used as a tool to obtain money from users. Crooks expect that users will make a payment as soon as they find their files encrypted, so Embrace Ransomware has been programmed to lock files that are usually the most important to users, i.e. pictures, documents, music, and videos. You should never send money to cyber criminals!