- 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
FoxRansom Ransomware is an ambiguous ransomware infection because it is not clear whether it can encrypt your files or not. Everything depends on how it enters your computer and whether the infection file that you launch on your system works properly.
Either way, the point is that you need to remove FoxRansom Ransomware whether it can encrypt the files or whether it cannot. Luckily, it is not that hard to delete the infection from your computer. Nevertheless, if you are not sure you can do it on your own, please do not hesitate to invest in a licensed antispyware tool that would do the job for you.
The essence of this infection is something that we have encountered many times before. The program is based on the Hidden Tear Ransomware code. It means that someone took an open-source malware code and customized it to create FoxRansom Ransomware. From that, we can more or less know how this infection will behave, but it is still impossible to determine the decryption key that is necessary to decrypt the files (in the case they really get encrypted) because each time the encryption algorithm generates unique keys.
So, what happens if you get infected with FoxRansom Ransomware, and the program does not even touch your files? Well, congratulations, you’ve been lucky! It just means that you need to remove the infection, and it’ll be over. However, if FoxRansom Ransomware really encrypts your files, then it is an entirely different story.
Judging from what we have found, upon the encryption, the program will add the .FOX extension to the affected files. So you will see that your file icon changes, and the filename will change, too. The program does not target every single file on your computer. It encrypts only the most common file types that are used by the user every single day. For instance, it should be able to encrypt TXT, DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX, JPG, PNG, PHP, XML, and other file types. So if the encryption really works, you might lose access to your text documents and your pictures. That is definitely something you would not want to experience, right?
When this program is installed on the victim’s computer, it also drops a folder titled Teszt on your desktop, and the files in that folder will get encrypted. Aside from that, you will also find a READ_IT.txt ransom note on your desktop, but the ransom note itself will be in Hungarian. So unless you speak the language, you won’t be able to understand the note. This also implies that the infection could be targeting primarily Hungarian-speaking users.
As far as the distribution network goes, it is hard to pinpoint one exact source. Just like most of the ransomware programs, FoxRansom Ransomware must come via spam emails. Most of the email messages do get filtered straight to the Junk folder these days. Nevertheless, the small number of such messages that enter the main inbox manage to reach unsuspecting victims.
Consequently, the victims are tricked into opening the malicious files that come with spam emails because the messages in the emails claim that the files are important documents and they must be checked at once. However, before you open a “document” you have received from an unfamiliar sender, you should consider scanning it with a licensed antispyware tool. If a file in question passes the scan test, fine. Try and open it. But if the scanner finds anything suspicious, delete the file with no questions asks and please report the sender for spam. Help us all fight the ongoing ransomware endemic by being more responsible about what you download and launch on your computer.
Since FoxRansom Ransomware does not create any PoE, it is quite simple to remove this infection for good. Just need to delete the most recently downloaded files from the main directories. You will find the list of directories in the removal instructions below.
If your files were encrypted, you should look for copies of your data saved in other places. Perhaps you have an external hard drive, or maybe most of your recent files are on your mobile device. Whichever it might be, it is very likely that there are copies of your files here and there, so you will definitely get a least some of your data back. For other options, please be sure to address a professional.
How to Remove FoxRansom Ransomware