Do you know what Repl Ransomware is?
Millions of Windows users around the world still do not understand the importance of full-time protection, and that is why Repl Ransomware and other similar threats are thriving. They exploit security vulnerabilities, they hide within emails and bundled downloaders, they are downloaded by other infections. Any and every security loophole and backdoor could be used to execute this malware, which is why Windows users need to cover all bases. Our research team recommends starting with full-time protection, which only trustworthy, up-to-date security tools can ensure. Of course, some responsibility for your system’s protection has to land on your shoulders as well. We discuss what you should do to keep your system protected further in the report, but first, you need to figure out how to delete Repl Ransomware. Hopefully, you can replace your files after you are done with the removal processes.
We do not know which backdoor Repl Ransomware has used to invade your operating system, but if it acts like its clones, it is most likely that it tricked you into installing it with the help of spam emails or bundled downloaders. There are hundreds of clones, but some of the more recent ones include HAT Ransomware, CLUB Ransomware, NCOV Ransomware, and WCH Ransomware. These clones were built using the Crysis/Dharma Ransomware code, and it seems that the same party is giving life to all of them. Once Repl Ransomware encrypts files and attaches the “.repl” extension to their names, it drops a file named “_readme.txt.” Inside this file, you can find a message, and inside this message, you can find two email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. You can find both of them in the messages of many clones. That being said, we have seen other email addresses in use, and it is unclear whether the attackers are trying to hide their tracks or if multiple attackers are operating.Repl Ransomware screenshot
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If you take out the email addresses, the message introduced by Repl Ransomware is identical to the messages of all clones. It always starts with the word “ATTENTION!” and it always ends with the request to send an email. Only if you do that, will the attackers provide you with instructions that should make it possible to pay a ransom of $490. Why should you pay it? According to the attackers, that is the only way for you to obtain a decryption tool. Without a doubt, if Repl Ransomware has successfully encrypted highly important and valuable personal files, you might consider paying the ransom. However, if you are leaning towards that, you should first look into free decryptors and file replacement. Rakhni Decryptor is the tool that was created for the victims of Crysis/Dharma infections, but we cannot guarantee that it is capable of decrypting all files. As for file replacement, that should be possible if copies exist outside the computer. Obviously, if you are going to replace files, you must remove the infection first.
The launcher of Repl Ransomware could be virtually anywhere. The name of the file could be random as well. If you cannot identify and delete the infection yourself, you have the option of implementing an anti-malware tool to do the job for you. A simplified malware removal process is not the only reason why you should install such a tool. Its primary task is to protect your operating system, and, of course, you need protection if you want to keep ransomware and other threats away. Once you have Repl Ransomware removed, we hope that you can use backup copies to replace the corrupted files, or you can use a free, legitimate decryptor to restore the files. However, do not expect to have all files decrypted by following the instructions of cybercriminals.
Delete Repl Ransomware
- If you can locate the launcher of the threat, right-click and Delete it.
- Right-click and Delete the ransom note file named _readme.txt.
- Empty Recycle Bin and then run a system scan to check for malware leftovers.
In non-techie terms:
Repl Ransomware is a file encryptor at its core, but it also is an instrument of extortion and blackmail. If it invades an operating system, it immediately encrypts files, after which it demands a ransom of $490 in return for a decryptor. Unfortunately, those who pay the ransom, are unlikely to get a decryptor, which is one of the reasons why we do not recommend paying any attention to the ransom note. Instead, you should focus on removing Repl Ransomware, and then, hopefully, replacing or restoring files. Since deleting this threat manually appears to be a complicated process, we recommend using anti-malware software for automated removal and also full-time Windows protection. Afterward, try using the free decryptor, or use your own copies to replace the corrupted files.