- Slow Computer
- System crashes
- Normal system programs crash immediatelly
- Connects to the internet without permission
- Installs itself without permissions
- Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
It seems that there is no end to this ransomware plague as new infections show up every single day. Pulpy Ransomware is probably the newest additional to the big bag of ransomware programs that users have had to deal with over the years. This program works just like any other ransomware infection out there: it enters the target system surreptitiously and then expects users to pay for the file decryption. Computer security experts strongly discourage users from paying the ransom because that does not guarantee that the files will be restored. It is a lot better to remove Pulpy Ransomware from the affected system and look for other ways to retrieve the encrypted data.
Since the program itself is not one of the worst ransomware infections out there, we still do not have many details about it. And it is very likely that Pulpy Ransomware will pass by as your average infection, without getting a lot of interest from the news outlets. Nevertheless, just because we do not know the exact genesis, we can still more or less point out the main distribution patterns that are used by Pulpy Ransomware and many other similar intruders out there.
According to our research, this program tends to spread with spam email. Spam email messages are the most common mean for ransomware infections to reach target computers. It is fascinating to think that users still get tricked by this scam, especially as certain email service providers employ algorithms that filter spam messages into junk folders, the chances of finding these messages into your main inbox are rather slim. Nevertheless, some of the messages that carry the infection do manage to slip through. More basic email service providers may not be able to filter them straight into the Junk.
What’s more, spam messages that distribute Pulpy Ransomware may look like regular mails from online shopping stores and even financial institutions. For instance, we do know that sometimes spam messages look like invoice messages, and they ask users to check out the invoice document attached to the message. Or the message may look like a financial report from a bank that you need to check. We have actually received similar emails ourselves, but they were ALWAYS from the banks where we do not have a single account. So it is more than obvious that such messages are blatant scam, devised to infect you with malware.
Unfortunately, if Pulpy Ransomware enters your computer, it will encrypt your files and drop a ransom note in every affected folder. The ransomware note looks like a text file (Instruction.txt), and it says that you have two days to contact the hackers via the given email address. Otherwise, the criminals threaten to delete all of your files. It is not clear whether they can really delete your files. What’s more, Pulpy Ransomware cannot affect all of your files, too. It mostly encrypts your personal files, but the files in such directories as ProgramData, Windows, AppData, and so on, will not be encrypted.
Ransomware programs often refrain from encrypting every single file because then it would not have many ways to collect the ransom. It is not clear how much the people behind this infection want to get from you because you need to contact them first, but it is very likely that the hackers might just scram with your money without even bothering to issue a decryption key. Hence, it would not be a good idea to keep all of your eggs in one basket (betting on the ransom fee). Computer security experts would rather see you delete Pulpy Ransomware from your system and then look for ways to restore your files.
Unfortunately, a public decryption tool is not available at the moment, so you may need to remove Pulpy Ransomware and delete all of the encrypted files before transferring healthy files back into your drive. You may need to check out your backup drive (like an external hard disk or a virtual drive) where you keep copies of your files to for the data that you can restore.
Finally, please be more careful when you encounter strange messages in your inbox. If the message comes with an attachment, it could be malware, so think twice before downloading it!
How to Remove Pulpy Ransomware