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Danger level 7
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

Ra Ransomware

Ra Ransomware is a computer infection that might just leave you standing there with nothing to hold on to. Like most of the programs from the same category, it enters your computer unexpectedly and then expects you to pay for the file decryption, but we have a ground to believe that the connection between this infection and its main server is down. Therefore, users can only hope to remove Ra Ransomware from their systems immediately, and then work on alternative methods to restore their files. There might be other ways to get your files back, so you should not panic.

If this program happens to enter your computer, you probably have downloaded the installer file accidentally. We do not have much information about this program, but we can assume that Ra Ransomware would employ the usual ransomware distribution methods. Thus, it is very likely that the program would get distributed via spam email attachments. And if you have recently downloaded anything from inbox and after that, you suddenly could no longer open your files THAT must’ve been the source. Either way, computer security experts always emphasize that it is possible to avoid ransomware as long as users are careful about the files they open, so you have to remain attentive, too!

However, now that Ra Ransomware is already on your computer, perhaps we should tell you a little bit about this program. We know for sure that this encrypting ransomware uses the AES-128 and RSA-1028 algorithms to encrypt user’s files. There are at least two versions of this program floating around, but when we tried running both of them in our virtual environment, we have found that the program failed to download its ransom note. As you can probably tell, ransom notes are important because they actually tell us what the program expects of the infected user.

As a result, our research team came to a conclusion that the server which is supposed to issue the ransom note is either dead or the ransom note file itself has been deleted. Therefore, the program itself should not be fully functional. It can only cripple the infected system, but it does not offer any kind of solution. On the other hand, we would never encourage you to take the solution offered by these cyber criminals. It is just that there isn’t much to tell about Ra Ransomware since we did not have the opportunity to read the ransom note.

The program’s behavior once it enters your computer may differ depending on which version you get. One of the versions that we tested encrypted the target files, dropped the ransom note (which was empty), and then deleted itself. Another version of the program, however, created a copy of itself in the %AppData% directory, and then encrypted all the new files it has found on the system once we have rebooted our test machine. Therefore, we can tell that Ra Ransomware is an aggressive infection that has been programmed to encrypt everything it finds in the target directories.

Once the encryption is complete, Ra Ransomware changes the filenames of the affected files. Like most of the ransomware programs out there, it adds another extension and also scrambles the file name, turning it into a random alphanumeric string. So if you had a flower.jpg file on your computer, after the encryption, it would become something like ZQB4AGMAZQBwAHQAaQBvAG4AZABiAC4AdAB4AHQA.KUAJW. With such modification, users can see which files have been affected almost immediately. However, they cannot do anything about it because the ransom notes are blank, and Ra Ransomware cannot contact its command and control center.

Consequently, users are left on their own to deal with this issues. Although it is possible to remove Ra Ransomware from your computer, you have to remember that some of your files could be lost for good. Of course, if you keep a system backup in an external background, you can transfer all of the healthy copies back into your computer once you get rid of the infection (do not do that while the ransomware is still there because it will encrypt your healthy files again). If not, you might want to go through your mobile devices and your online storages because you are bound to have a lot of data saved over there as well.

How to Remove Ra Ransomware

  1. Open your Downloads folder.
  2. Remove the most recently downloaded files.
  3. Delete the most recently downloaded files from your Desktop.
  4. Press Win+R and type %AppData%. Click OK.
  5. Remove the ransomware extension folder.
  6. Delete the RaRansomware Recovery Instructions.html file from Desktop.
  7. Scan your PC with SpyHunter.
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