Do you know what Ladon Ransomware is?
When it comes to ransomware infections, it is more than obvious that they are dangerous and extremely frustrating because it is often impossible to restore the affected files. Ladon Ransomware seems to be one of such infections, although we believe that it is not an extremely “popular” program in a sense that it is hard to find it in the wild. Most of the information that we have about it are mostly assumptions that are based on our general knowledge about ransomware. Nevertheless, you have to take the removal of Ladon Ransomware seriously because this program will not shut itself down.
The main reason this infection enters your system is, obviously, money. Ransomware programs are terribly prevalent nowadays because they are rather good at forcing users to pay for the file decryption. Of course, here we would like to emphasize that there is no guarantee that the criminals would issue the decryption key the moment you wire the money. What’s more, with so many ransomware infections out there these days, they tend to die out pretty often because the servers that host their command and control centers are rather sketchy. So it would not be surprising if the remote server you have to contact in order to retrieve your files would disappear before you even do that.
We always say that it is a lot more important to avoid ransomware infection because dealing with them eventually does not fix the inflicted damage. Therefore, it is important to know how Ladon Ransomware and other similar infections spread around.
The most common ransomware distribution method is spam emails. Although the biggest majority of such messages get filtered into the Junk folders, there is a small number of users out there who end up opening these messages. The reason they open spam emails is because they might land in their main inbox. Another reason is that such spam emails often look like legitimate notifications from financial companies or other firms, and users feel compelled to open them. What’s more, sometimes the spam emails might look like messages from delivery companies, asking you to check out your shipment or retrieve a parcel, and so on. It takes only a second to open such an email and download the attached file. But once you open such file, it is game over: Ladon Ransomware enters your computer and launches the file encryption algorithm.
Aside from encrypting your files, the program also makes sure that you do not have any chance of restoring them unless you keep copies of your data somewhere else. Ladon Ransomware deletes the Shadow Volume Copies. Although a regular user could hardly restore their files from the Shadow Copies, with the help of a professional, it is always possible. Hence, the infection prevents you from utilizing this option, hoping that you will only pay the ransom instead of restoring your files on your own.
The program uses a TOR connection to communicate with its command and control center. A TOR connection ensures anonymity, and so it is harder to identify who exactly is responsible for spreading and developing this infection. We do know, however, that the program’s website is located at cdmsxo25y41lfht6v.onion, although that does not help us in any way to decrypt the affected files. You will know which files were affected by the encryption immediately because the encrypted files will have a new extension. For instance, if you had a cat.jpg file on your computer, after the encryption, the filename will look like cat.jpg.ladon.
The best way to get your files back, of course, is to transfer them into your hard drive from an external backup. Also, you probably have a lot of files saved on your mobile device, so please check it for the latest files, too. As for Ladon Ransomware, you have to remove everything associated with it from your computer, at the same time ensuring that you do not get infected with ransomware again.
If you are not sure that you can find the malicious files on your own, invest in a licensed security tool that will detect the malicious threats for you, and it will help you erase them automatically. Should you have more questions about this infection, please do not hesitate to leave us a comment below.
How to Remove Ladon Ransomware
- Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc and Task Manager will open.
- Open the Processes tab and highlight malware processes.
- Click the End Process button to kill malicious processes.
- Close Task Manager and go to your Downloads folder.
- Delete the most recent files and open Desktop.
- Delete the most recent files and press Win+R.
- Type %TEMP% into the Open box and click OK.
- Delete the most recent files from the directory.
- Restart your computer and scan it with SpyHunter.
In non-techie terms:
Ladon Ransomware is a dangerous infection that will block your access to the most of your files. The program will demand that you pay for the decryption, although there is no guarantee that it would restore your files. You have to remove Ladon Ransomware right now, and then look for ways to get your files back. Needless to say, you also need to protect your computer from similar infections because ransomware programs are the forefront of malware attacks nowadays.