- 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
COPAN Ransomware is a dangerous computer infection that can lock up your files and leave you hanging. It is part of a big ransomware infection family, and it should actually help us deal with it, but the reality is that ransomware programs are really annoying, and they can be devastating. Luckily, it is rather easy to remove COPAN Ransomware from your computer because the infection tends to delete itself once the encryption is complete. So you can terminate any remaining files and then look for ways to restore your files. You should also employ all the measures necessary to avoid similar intruders in the future.
Our research team says that COPAN Ransomware is an updated version of the Dharma Ransomware infection. There have been quite a few programs released from this family. All of them are based on the same malicious code, and it is only tweaked slightly. Usually, the new version comes with a new extension that is added to the end of the encrypted file’s name. It is very common for ransomware programs to “mark” encrypted files like that. Of course, it is not hard to tell which files were encrypted because their icons change immediately, and the system can no longer read them.
To find out more about COPAN Ransomware, we need to go back to the original Dharma Ransomware and see what the program was all about. Our research team says that the earlier versions of this infection would use the AES encryption algorithm, and it would encrypt all the files on the affected system that are not related to Microsoft. In other words, COPAN Ransomware and other programs from this program will encrypt personal files, but it will not touch the system files, so that the computer would still run properly even once the encryption is complete.
Why would a ransomware program leave your system intact? Well, ransomware infections are created in order to make some money. Ransomware developers and owners make a profit when they collect payments for the decryption key that they promise to issue once the user transfers the ransom. But if the system can no longer work properly, the user cannot transfer the money, right? So, most of the infections do not touch upon the system files, and even though your personal files get encrypted, your computer still works just fine. It is a rather bitter silver lining that we have to keep in mind when we deal with ransomware infections.
Of course, it would be for the best if we didn’t get infected with COPAN Ransomware at all. Ransomware programs usually come via spam email attachments. What’s more, if you deal with a mass of emails every single day, it is very likely that you could get infected with ransomware at work, too. Hence, you have to be careful about spam and do not rush to open every single attachment you receive. If you must, scan the attached file with a licensed security tool before opening it. That way, you would definitely stop a ransomware program from entering the target system.
Also, it is very important that you back up all of your important files. More often than not, it will not be possible to get a public decryption tool, so one has to be ready. It is for the best to copy all of your files and keep them either on an external hard drive or on a cloud drive. The point is that you should do it not just because of a potential ransomware infection threat. There is always a chance that you could lose your files, so it’s for the best to have copies of them.
Now, when you are here to remove COPAN Ransomware for good, you need to locate the files that launched the infection. Most of them will probably get deleted automatically. Even so, please follow the instructions below to get rid of anything related to COPAN Ransomware. When you are done with that, scan your computer with a security tool for the final check-up.
If you have copies of your files in backup storage, you can simply delete the encrypted data and transfer the healthy copies back into your computer. If not, please do not hesitate to address a professional for other file recovery options.
How to Remove COPAN Ransomware