- Slow Computer
- System crashes
- Slow internet connection
- Normal system programs crash immediatelly
- Connects to the internet without permission
- Installs itself without permissions
- Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
Fantom Ransomware is a ransomware application, and this new infection has been released with the intention to rip you off. Of course, it will not log your keystrokes and steal your personal information. Instead, it will try to force YOU to transfer the money to the given account. This is definitely very annoying and obnoxious, and you should not tolerate such behavior. The thing you have to do is remove Fantom Ransomware from your system immediately. While you are at it, you can also scan your computer with a reliable security tool, in search for other unwanted and dangerous applications.
Although there is nothing good about ransomware programs, we should still be grateful they are not as stealthy as Trojans or worms. They do not try to remain hidden for as long as possible. These programs will let you know of the infection immediately. The ransomware program will display a notification that says all your files have been encrypted. This is the default message that most of the ransomware apps display. On the other hand, the text within the ransom note may differ according to the type and size of the infection. For example, in our case, Fantom Ransomware says that following:
Perhaps getting the decryption key is not that hard, but understand what these criminals want from you can sure be a challenge given their poor English. Nevertheless, it is clear that you need to contact these criminals by sending out an email. They even offer to decrypt two files for free, to see if they can really decrypt your files. But what does that mean? It surely implies that in some cases the criminals may NOT be able to restore your files, and thus you would be spending your money for nothing. Of course, we would never recommend paying for the decryption tool in the first place, because this way you would only help the criminals achieve their goals.
This program might be distributed in various ways, but the most common ransomware distribution method is spam. Spam email campaigns have evolved so much nowadays that they do not always get into the Junk folder. It is quite common to find various spam emails in your main inbox, especially as they look like messages from social networking sites and even financial institutions. However, you need to be extremely careful not to open the attachments that come with such email messages because they can easily lead to severe computer infections. Fantom Ransomware being one of them, obviously.
At the moment, our research specialists have not found any decryption tool that would be out there to help you restore your files. However, once you remove Fantom Ransomware from your computer, you can transfer the backup copies of your files back to your PC. That is, of course, assuming you have a backup. But even if you do not, you will be surprised just how many important files get saved in your inbox. Also, you might have a lot of photos saved on your virtual drive, because quite a few things are linked and interconnected with your email accounts by default.
Now, what do you do with Fantom Ransomware itself? You can remove this program if you follow the instructions we have provided below this article. Please take note that the initial installer file might have a random name, and it may differ from computer to computer.
Technically, the file you have opened the last, before your desktop wallpaper was changed to the ransom note, was the file that triggered this infection. Needless to say, you need to remove this file, too. Usually, these files get saved in the Downloads folder, but it may also be in some other folder, depending on your Save File settings. And finally, you will have to delete another ransomware executable in the %TEMP% directory. After that, be sure to scan your computer with the SpyHunter free scanner to locate all the remaining malicious files and applications. You have to be sure that your computer is absolutely clean before you transfer back your files.
If something does not go according to the plan, be sure to leave us a comment. Our team will reply as soon as possible.
How to Remove Fantom Ransomware