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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Skeleton Ransomware

Skeleton Ransomware barely differs from Napoleon Ransomware and Blind Ransomware because this threat has been developed on the same engine as these infections. Without a doubt, it has also been developed by cyber criminals for money extortion, so you will find almost all your files encrypted if it ever slithers onto your computer. This threat cannot be considered one of the prevalent threats because its infection rate was considerably low at the time of writing, but, of course, it does not mean that it is impossible to encounter it. Most likely, you have become one of the victims of this infection if you are reading this report. If your files have already been encrypted, you could not do much about that because cyber criminals are the ones who have the special decryption tool. You could only restore your files from a backup, but, needless to say, it would be impossible to do that if you have never backed up your files. If you have copies of your files on a USB flash drive, HDD, or cloud service, you could restore your files easily, but our piece of advice for you would be to fully delete the ransomware infection from the system first because it might lock your files again if you ever launch it accidentally. The removal of this threat will not be arduous at all, but you should use our manual removal guide after reading this report if you do not know much about malicious software removal.

Skeleton Ransomware is one of those threats that cause trouble to users because it mercilessly encrypts the majority of files it finds on their computers. It does not encrypt system files and web browsers, but you could no longer open your pictures, movies, songs, and many other files after its entrance. Your all files will be marked by appending the .[].skeleton extension to them, so you will soon find out what has happened. Ransomware infections encrypt files on victims’ computers not to make them angry. They simply help their authors to obtain easy money. Do not give crooks the reason to be happy – do not transfer money to them. We understand that you want your files back, but you should not forget that you do not know whether you could unlock your data after you make a payment either. We know many cases when users did not get the tool they paid for, so we highly recommend that you keep your money in your pockets. No matter what your final decision is, make sure you fully erase the ransomware infection from your computer. Since it works from the place it has been launched, does not drop any additional files, and does not make any other major modifications on victims’ computers, you will just need to delete the malicious file launched and How_Decrypt_Files.txt, a ransom note it drops after encrypting files, from your computer to eliminate it fully.

All malicious applications show up on victims’ computers without their knowledge, but we have to say that users often contribute to their entrance themselves too. For example, the chances are high that Skeleton Ransomware has infiltrated your computer because you have opened a malicious attachment. What is more, research conducted by our specialists at has also shown that this threat might be spread via unsafe RDP connections. Last but not least, it can be dropped on users’ PCs by Trojan infections. You are lucky this time – Skeleton Ransomware is not one of these sophisticated malicious application; however, it does not mean that you cannot encounter harmful malware in the future. Therefore, you should ensure your system’s protection today. Luckily, there is a wide variety of reputable antimalware tools available, so you could prevent malware from entering your computer even if you are not a very experienced user.

You cannot remove .[].skeleton from those affected files and thus unlock them because a strong AES cipher was used to encrypt them, but you can surely delete the ransomware infection from your computer, and you must do this as soon as possible so that it could not access new files. You can find the step-by-step removal guide below this article, but since you will only need to remove two files to erase it fully, so you should find this task easy.

Skeleton Ransomware removal guide

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Find the malicious file you have launched. Check %USERPROFILE%\Desktop, %USERPROFILE%\Downloads, and %APPDATA% directories first (type the directory in the Explorer's address bar to open it).
  3. Remove How_Decrypt_Files.txt from all affected directories.
  4. Empty Trash.
  5. Scan your PC with an antimalware scanner to make sure that there are no other active infections.
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