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Danger level 6
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • 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

Ladon Ransomware

Ladon Ransomware seems like a malicious application that should encrypt user’s data and then demand a payment. However, our researchers cannot be entirely sure as they could not obtain a fully working sample. In other words, there is little-known information about it, and accordingly, we will try to fill some gaps by suggesting how the malware might behave based on our experience with similar threats. If the infection shows you a ransom note asking for money, you should know there are no guarantees the hackers who created it will keep up to their promises. For example, they can promise to send you decryption tools such as a unique decryption key or tell you the files damaged by Ladon Ransomware will be recovered automatically right after the payment is received. The truth is the malware’s creators might not have the means to encrypt any files, or in the end, they may choose not to deliver them. Thus, if you encountered this malicious application and you have no intention to risk your savings we encourage you to remove it with the instructions located below or a reliable antimalware tool.

From our experience with similar threats, we can say Ladon Ransomware could be distributed with infected email attachments, malicious software installers, fake pop-ups or updates, and so on. One way or the other the system was most likely infected by some suspicious file the user opened without thinking. The next time, we would advise you to scan doubtful files with a reliable antimalware tool of your choice before opening them. By doing this, the user might learn about malicious components inside it without endangering his PC. What’s more, it would be smart to keep away from all web pages that could contain malicious software installers. Also, no matter how curious you are you should always stop yourself from clicking untrustworthy pop-up ads. For extra protection it is always a good idea to pick a reliable antimalware tool; just make sure it is always up to date and active, so it could protect the system from various threats.

One way or the other, if Ladon Ransomware enters the computer, it should firstly look for data it could encrypt. Also, the malicious application might erase all shadow copies so the user could not restore his data this way. As you see later on the infection might encrypt user’s pictures, photos, documents, archives, and other personal data or even particular program files with a strong encryption algorithm. It should be easy to determine which files were damaged just from looking at them since the malware is supposed to mark encrypted files with a second extension called .ladon, for example, picture.jpg.ladon, text.doc.ladon, document.txt.ladon, video.avi.ladon, etc. Data with this extension cannot be opened even if you delete or modify it (.ladon), so keep it in mind there is no point in doing so. After the encryption, Ladon Ransomware is supposed to show a ransom note in a pop-up message, text document or load it could load the note via user’s browser.

No doubt, the ransom note should either suggest contacting the malware’s creators or paying the ransom. In exchange, the hackers behind Ladon Ransomware may offer to deliver needed decryption tools and so on. Unfortunately, such people cannot be trusted, and if they scam the victim, he will not be able to get his money back. Therefore, if you are considering paying the ransom, we would advise you to reconsider it as the chances are the transferred money might be lost in vain. Should you decide you do not wish to waste your money when there is not knowing if your files will get decrypted, we recommend removing this threat at once.

Those who wish to get rid of Ladon Ransomware manually should know there are no guarantees the instructions located below will be helpful. That is because there is not enough information about the malicious applications and so the steps could be inaccurate. Still, if you wish to try them out, we encourage you to slide a bit below. On the other hand, if you are willing to acquire a reliable antimalware tool, we would advise you to install it and let it deal with this infection instead.

Eliminate Ladon Ransomware

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
  2. Go to the Task Manager.
  3. Find the malware’s process.
  4. Mark this process and click End Task.
  5. Exit Task Manager.
  6. Tap Win+E.
  7. Navigate to:
  8. Check if you can find the malicious file downloaded before the computer got infected.
  9. Right-click the suspicious file and press Delete.
  10. If the infection drops ransom notes delete them too.
  11. Close File Explorer.
  12. Empty Recycle bin.
  13. Reboot the system.
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