- Slow Computer
- System crashes
- Connects to the internet without permission
- Installs itself without permissions
- Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
It is always a frustrating experience when you get infected with ransomware, and things like SIGARETA Ransomware definitely won’t make your life easier. This malicious infection works like any other ransomware app out there, and you can be sure that it will encrypt your personal files, and then wait for you to pay the ransom fee. Of course, you know by now that paying the ransom is not an option, so you have to focus on removing SIGARETA Ransomware from your system. The safest way to terminate this infection is by employing a licensed antispyware tool.
Although this program comes from the NEFILIM Ransomware family, unfortunately, it doesn’t have a public decryption tool. Therefore, it means that the files encrypted by this infection might be lost for good if you do not have a file backup. At the same time, it also shows just how important it is to keep a file backup. In fact, when you set up a new device, your operating system should offer you creating a cloud storage drive where you could back up all of your files automatically. If you do get such an offer, please take it because you cannot know when you could get infected with the likes of SIGARETA Ransomware.
Now, as far as the distribution of this infection is concerned, our research team says that it spreads through unsecured RDP connections. It might imply that the distribution is mostly local with clear targets. However, if you use RDP and you receive multiple files from various users all the time, you should be wary about messages that come with random content and files you supposedly HAVE to download and open. Even if the message comes from someone you know, please check whether the content of the message is real or not. Also, don’t forget that you can actually scan the file before opening it.
If, by any chance, you happen to download and launch the SIGARETA Ransomware installer file, be sure that your personal files will be encrypted almost immediately. All the files affected by the malicious infection get the SIGARETA extension, and this extension is the most obvious proof that you got affected by the SIGARETA Ransomware infection. Although you will definitely see that something is terribly wrong because all of your file icons will change, and you will no longer be able to access your data.
To make matters worse, SIGARETA Ransomware will also display a ransom note:
The note goes on to say that you can test whether these people really possess the decryption key by sending them one test file for decryption. Also, the note gives you at least three email addresses you can use to contact these criminals. However, please note that contacting them is not the best option.
While there is a possibility that the people behind SIGARETA Ransomware could issue the decryption key once you transfer the payment, there is also a chance that the entire malicious server could go down any moment, and then, these people would just collect the money and scram, without giving you the decryption tool.
Also, it would be safer to address a professional who would help you go through various file recovery options. And you should clearly treat this situation as a lesson so that you would create a new file backup, and then be ready to face more ransomware in the future. Let’s not forget that they are not going to disappear any time soon.
Now, as far as the removal of SIGARETA Ransomware is concerned, this infection actually deletes itself once it encrypts your files. However, you can still remove all the recent files that might be associated with this program. If you don’t know which files must be removed, run a full system scan with a security tool of your choice. The tool will help you locate all the malicious files that are present, and it would remove them for you automatically. It would save you time and further trouble of dealing with malware.
How to Remove SIGARETA Ransomware