- Slow Computer
- System crashes
- Connects to the internet without permission
- Installs itself without permissions
- Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
Devil Ransomware is a regular ransomware infection that can lock up your personal files without too much difficulty. When users get infected with ransomware, they often feel at a loss because there is no easy way to restore the encrypted files. Therefore, prevention is very important when it comes to ransomware infections, and it is always a good idea to regularly back up your files. While it is not that complicated to remove Devil Ransomware and other similar infections from the infected system, it might take a while to figure out what you should do with the affected files.
It is very common that we deal with ransomware infections that come from prominent groups or families. Devil Ransomware is also not a stand-alone infection. It belongs to the Phobos Ransomware family. Thus, it is very similar to Caleb Ransomware, Banta Ransomware, Deal Ransomware, and many other infections we have dealt with before. Unfortunately, it is very that we can apply the same decryption tool across several infections within the same family. This happens because each program usually has a unique online key that is used to encrypt the target files. And so, knowing that some program comes from a prominent malware family only gives us an idea of what we can expect from it.
Also, we can more or less know how Devil Ransomware spreads around. The truth is that there is no secret. Ransomware usually spreads through spam email attachments and through unsolicited downloads. In a sense, users download and install the likes of Devil Ransomware on their computers themselves because they are not careful enough. For instance, if you often have to open attachments that come with various emails, you probably wouldn’t think twice opening a random attachment from an unknown party. But what if that email distributes malware? What happens then?
Well, there is a very simple method that can help you avoid getting infected with Devil Ransomware and other similar programs. Before you open a downloaded file, you can scan it with a security tool of your choice. Of course, you can also simply choose to delete the spam email, but if you have to deal with various messages at work, for example, sometimes, it might be challenging to tell apart a regular email from a spam attack. Hence, a security scanner should be your best friend.
Now, what happens if Devil Ransomware eventually enters your system? Well, this program functions just like any other ransomware out there. It means that it scans your computer looking for all the file types it can encrypt. According to the information provided by our research team, Devil Ransomware will encrypt all important picture and document format files, so it is very likely that most, if not all, of your personal files will be encrypted, and you will see a ransom note pop up on your screen.
Some ransomware infections go as far as changing the wallpaper background on the infected systems, but Devil Ransomware drops a very simple ransom note in a TXT format file. The ransom note says the following:
The text is very short, and it requires you to contact the criminals. If you do what they say, you should technically receive the decryption tool that would unlock your files. But there is no guarantee these criminals would issue it. Not to mention that by paying the ransom you would only help you infect more computers in the future. Hence, keep your money yourself and better focus on retrieving your files in other ways.
As for Devil Ransomware, you can remove it by deleting the file that launched the infection. Don’t forget to scan the system with a security tool as well because there might be more unwanted and dangerous programs installed.
To prevent similar disasters from happening, don’t forget to regularly save copies of your files in other storage devices or online. Also, please address a professional technician who would guide you through all the potential file recovery options. Just don’t forget that sometimes you need to start anew, and that is not the end of the world. Ransomware programs don’t take hostages.
How to Remove Devil Ransomware