Sodinokibi Ransomware Removal Guide

Do you know what Sodinokibi Ransomware is?

Windows users must secure their systems now because Sodinokibi Ransomware is on the loose. This dangerous infection is also known as REvil Ransomware, and it certainly is evil because if it manages to invade the operating system successfully, it can encrypt many personal files. It does not encrypt files haphazardly, and, instead, it specifically goes after the files in %HOMEDRIVE%, %HOMEDRIVE%\Users\Default, %USERPROFILE%\Desktop, %USERPROFILE%\Downloads, and %USERPROFILE%\Favorites directories. Once the documents, videos, photos, and other files are encrypted, the infection opens a ransom note using a .TXT file, and the attackers are using it to make the victim act a certain way. Instead of following the instructions of cyber criminals, our team recommends that you delete Sodinokibi Ransomware. The good news is that that is not hard to do, but restoring files, unfortunately, might be impossible.

Are you aware of RDP and Oracle's weblogic vulnerabilities that could open up security backdoors to cyber criminals? If your operating system is not protected, if security updates are not installed, and if you are not careful, the malicious Sodinokibi Ransomware could exploit existing vulnerabilities in no time. After execution, the files are encrypted right away, and because the process is silent and quick, it is unlikely that you would be able to stop it before the damage was done. After encryption, you should find a unique extension – which should be made up of 6-10 random symbols – appended to the files that cannot be read. They cannot be read because the data within them is changed, and only a special decryption key compatible with the encryptor can help out. If you have backups, of course, you do not need to worry about restoring files because you can replace them. Unfortunately, internal backups will not work for you because Sodinokibi Ransomware deletes shadow volume copies.Sodinokibi Ransomware Removal GuideSodinokibi Ransomware screenshot
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The attackers behind Sodinokibi Ransomware hope that you cannot replace files and that the encrypted files are important enough for you to wish for their recovery. If that is the case, the message introduced to you using the [extension symbols]-readme.txt file should be much more effective. If you can replace the files, do not even open this message. Remove the file instead. If you open it, you will learn that you can download Tor Browser and then open a special website to obtain a decryption key. Of course, things are not so easy. If you did as told, you would be asked to pay money for the decryptor, and we do not recommend getting involved in this. The attackers can promise you anything to get your money, and if you pay the ransom, you are unlikely to get the Sodinokibi Ransomware decryptor. If you are willing to take the risk, make sure you are careful, and if you are introduced to some kind of a file, think if it could not be malware in disguise.

We have nothing against manual Sodinokibi Ransomware removal, but we do not believe that every single victim will be able to handle it. The launcher file is likely to have a random name, and its location could be random too, which is why we, unfortunately, cannot give you very exact removal instructions. So, what are you supposed to do if you cannot delete Sodinokibi Ransomware yourself? In that case, your best option is to install an automated anti-malware program. It will immediately clear the operating system and secure it. This is very important because you need security to prevent other threats from slithering in. Keep this in mind even if you decide to eliminate the infection manually.

Delete Sodinokibi Ransomware

  1. Right-click the [unknown name].exe file that is the launcher and Delete it.
  2. Right-click the ransom note file [extension symbols]-readme.txt and Delete it.
  3. Empty Recycle Bin and then quickly perform a complete system scan using a legitimate malware scanner.

In non-techie terms:

It is necessary to remove Sodinokibi Ransomware, but the files encrypted by this malware will not be restored once you do it. The files can be restored only if you have a decryptor, and even though the attackers might promise to give it to you for some money, remember that they cannot be trusted. Hopefully, backups exist outside the system, and you can replace the corrupted files with their copies. To delete Sodinokibi Ransomware, we recommend implementing anti-malware software because, by doing it, you will also take care of your system’s security. If you go with manual removal, you will need to figure out the security separately.