- Slow Computer
- Connects to the internet without permission
- Installs itself without permissions
- Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
Spongebob Ransomware does not sound like a dangerous threat and fortunately for you if you encountered it, the malicious application is in fact not harmful for the time being. Unlike other ransomware applications, such as Quakeway Ransomware, Random6 Ransomware, CryptoGod Ransomware, or many other ones, the infection is incapable of encrypting user’s files. If it enters the system, all Spongebob Ransomware does is show a window claiming the malware locked your data and instructing how to pay a ransom to decrypt enciphered files. Such behavior indicates that the malicious application could be still in the development stage. In other words, it is entirely possible the cyber criminals behind it might try to fix the malware’s issues and release it again. In any case, we advise not to wait until something like this could happen and erase the infection now. After all, there is no point in keeping it on your system. For users who want to remove the ransomware manually, we can offer deletion instructions located below the text.
In the rest of the text we will discuss Spongebob Ransomware’s working manner, so before we do so, we would like to talk about its possible distribution channels. Usually, ransomware applications travel with infected files that reach their victims through unreliable file-sharing web pages, Spam emails, harmful pop-up ads, fake notifications, etc. Thus, it means you could encounter the threat while simply checking your email attachments, downloading software, or visiting untrustworthy web pages. For this reason, our first advice would be to try to stay away from doubtful websites as much as possible and download installers or other data only from legitimate and trustworthy sites. Still even being careful might not protect the user from all malware, especially when cyber criminals are finding new ways to deceive their victims. This is why it might be handy to guard the system with a reliable antimalware tool additionally. With it users could check data, they suspect to be malicious (e.g. files received with Spam emails) without endangering the system as they would if the potentially harmful file was opened hastily.
Luckily, the malicious application only claims to encrypt user’s data, but in reality, does not. To display the false message Spongebob Ransomware opens a window called “SPONGEBOB RANSOMWARE 2.0.” According to this ransom note all users important files were locked and now can only be decrypted with the hackers’ help. They guarantee all files will be decrypted as soon as the victim pays the ransom. What seems to be strange is that the message does not say how much you would have to pay. Instead of stating particular price the cyber criminals are asking for “some Bitcoins.” Even one single Bitcoin is a large sum or to be more accurate it is around 3.400 US dollars at the moment of writing. The fact the amount is not specified makes us believe the malicious application is just a test version. Of course, it is impossible to say whether the malware will be updated in the future, but like we said before it might be unwise to wait for it. Therefore, if you received this Spongebob Ransomware, we urge you to erase it at once.
Since you most likely infected the system with it after launching some recently downloaded file, you should locate and eliminate this suspicious file to get rid of the malware manually. The instructions located below the text will list a few possible directories where this file could be found. Plus, they will show users how to kill the malicious application’s process as otherwise, it might be impossible to remove the Spongebob Ransomware’s installer. If all of this sounds a bit too complicated even with the step by step instructions, we would advise you to install a reliable antimalware tool instead. If you pick this option, you will only need to set the tool to scan the system and click the deletion button afterward.
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