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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • Cant change my homepage
  • System crashes
  • Normal system programs crash immediatelly
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Best Recovery Ransomware

Best Recovery Ransomware has a very deceptive name. It suggests that you can recover the files that were corrupted by this malware, and our researchers doubt that that is the case. According to researchers, this infection is very similar to another well-known threat, Ako Ransomware. Unfortunately, we keep seeing more and more file-encrypting threats emerge, and that is due to two main reasons. First of all, it is not hard for cybercriminals to build ransomware. In fact, in most cases, we see different versions/copies of the same threat over and over again. Second, ransomware can be very lucrative if the ransom notes presented by them are able to confuse and trick victims. Hopefully, you have not been tricked into doing anything risky yet, and you still have time to remove Best Recovery Ransomware from your system without wasting any money. We are here to help you delete this malicious threat, and if you need any help with that, continue reading this report.

It is most likely that the launcher of Best Recovery Ransomware is initially spread using spam emails and malicious bundled downloaders. If the infection finds its way into the operating system, it then checks for network access. If the infected computer belongs to a larger network, the ransomware attempts to spread across all other devices connected to it. This can exponentially increase the attackers’ chances of obtaining money as ransom payments. This malware does not encrypt files with .dll, .sys, .ini, .rdp, .encrypted, and .exe extensions, but it certainly can encrypt all photo and document files, archives, media files, etc. These are the files that most victims are unlikely to have replacements for, unless of course, backups exist. Have you created copies of your most valued files and transferred them online or on external drives? If that is the case, you can successfully replace the corrupted files after deleting Best Recovery Ransomware from your operating system. If you do not have backup copies that could stand in as replacements, it is unlikely that you will be able to recover the corrupted files (the ones with the “.best_recovery” extension).

Next to the encrypted files, Best Recovery Ransomware drops “HOW_TO_RECOVER_DATA.html,” a ransom note file that delivers a convincing and even intimidating message. According to it, a “unique decryptor” that only the attackers can present is the only thing that can help restore files. The message suggests that you would have to pay for this tool, but the exact sum is not specified, and the attackers expect you to email them at or Of course, if you did this, you would put yourself at risk of facing more misleading and intimidating emails. The ransom note also suggests that any attempts to recover data in other ways would result in loss. This is an intimidation tactic, and besides that, even if you contact the attackers and pay the ransom, you are likely to get nothing in return. Therefore, there is no reason to pay attention to the ransom note. Of course, you have to decide what is best for you, but we do not recommend paying the ransom.

According to our researchers, Best Recovery Ransomware deletes itself after your files are encrypted. Hopefully, that is the case, and you do not need to worry about removing malware components. Of course, malware is unpredictable, and it would be a mistake to just assume that your operating system is clean. We suggest employing a legitimate malware scanner to examine your system. If there are any leftovers of the ransomware or other threats, you will be warned about it, and you will be able to decide what to do next. If you are interested in removing threats manually, you need to be cautious. The guide below lists the locations, where the launcher of Best Recovery Ransomware could land. However, we definitely cannot know where this malware lies within your system. On the other hand, if you employ trusted anti-malware software to remove threats, not a single malicious component will be left behind. Furthermore, you will gain reliable, full-time protection against malware, which is very important if you do not want to spend your time researching new infections in the future.

Best Recovery Ransomware Removal

  1. Delete the file named HOW_TO_RECOVER_DATA.html from all affected folders.
  2. Tap Windows and E keys at the same time to launch File Explorer.
  3. Enter the following paths into the quick access field to check for malware files:
    • %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
    • %USERPROFILE%\Downloads
    • %TEMP%
  4. If you find malware files, Delete them, and then Empty Recycle Bin.
  5. Install a trusted malware scanner to check for any leftovers that you might have missed.
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