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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

ABCD ransomware

ABCD ransomware is a dangerous computer infection that doesn’t have a public decryption tool. Therefore, dealing with the infection might be slightly challenging. However, you shouldn’t lose hope because there is always a way to retrieve at least some of your files. This program deletes itself when the file encryption is complete, but there might be some files left so you can get rid of them when you are set to remove ABCD ransomware (or what’s left of it). As for your files, you might have to go through a number of file recovery options together with a local technician.

According to our research team, ABCD ransomware most lightly spreads through unsecured RDP client programs. This also means that users allow these dangerous apps to enter their systems. Here you might say that you would never ever consider leading such programs into your computer. But the point is that users are often unaware of the fact. The ransomware installer file might look like a legitimate document that you need to check out. But whenever you receive new documents via Remote Desktop client, you should check the legitimacy of those documents. Sometimes an account that sends the document could be hacked, and a malicious file can be easily sent out to you.

If you fail to scan the received file with a security tool, you could get infected with ABCD ransomware or any other similar infection. When you launch the received file, you automatically start the file encryption, too. Once the encryption is complete, all the affected files also get slapped with a new extension. For example, a flower.jpeg filename after the encryption would look like this: flower.jpeg.abcd. As you can probably tell, this extension means that the files were encrypted, and it allows you to see which files were affected.

Aside from encrypting most of your personal files, ABCD ransomware also drops a ransom note in every single folder that contains the encrypted files. The ransom note is in the Restore-My-Files.txt document, and here’s what is has it say:

All your important files are encrypted!
There is only one way to get your files back:
1. Contact with us
2. Send us 1 any encrypted your file and your personal key
3. We will decrypt 1 file for test (maximum file size – 1 MB), its guarantee what we can decrypt your files
4. Pay.
5. We send for your decryptor software

As per usual, ABCD ransomware expects you to pay in Bitcoin for the decryption key. However, the ransom note doesn’t say how much you should pay for that tool. You just need to contact the criminals, and they would (supposedly) write you back and tell you what to do. Needless to say, contacting these people is never an option. There is always a chance that they will collect the money and run, but let’s think about it this way: by paying these criminals, you would only encourage them to continue creating more ransomware infections.

Of course, the best way to deal with this intruder is to remove ABCD ransomware at once, and then restore your files. Users who regularly back up their files on an external hard drive or on a virtual storage drive should not have any problem with that. They can simply scan their systems with a powerful security tool, remove all the remaining malicious files automatically, delete the encrypted files, and then transfer the healthy copies back into your computer. It’s a rather tedious task, but at least you have all of your files back at once.

Now, what are you supposed to do if you do not have a file backup? You can wait and see if there’s a public decryption tool released for ABCD ransomware. The program is another version of the previously released LockBit Ransomware, so you might wanna check if the older programs had decryption tools. However, your best option would be addressing a local IT specialist who can guide you through possible file recovery options. In some cases, we have to admit that it is possible to retrieve the encrypted files from time to time. This is a gutting experience, but you shouldn’t feel discouraged. As long as you get rid of ABCD ransomware – you have won this battle.

How to Remove ABCD ransomware

  1. Press Win+R and type regedit. Click OK.
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software.
  3. Under Software, remove the LockBit entry.
  4. Exit Registry Editor and scan your system with SpyHunter.
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