Proper Guidance to uninstall .bat Ransomware permanently
.bat Ransomware is a file encrypting malware that locks the targeted files and doesn’t allow the users to access it. Like a general rule with the ransomware, you will be asked to buy the decryption key from the cyber-criminals on paying a very heavy ransom amount. When you try to access the encrypted files, a ransom note namely “RETURN FILES.txt” appears on the screen. This file contains the basic details of this malware and it basically tries to convince you to make the ransom payment. On every encrypted file, it adds .bat extension together with the victim’s unique ID and email address of the associated cyber-criminals. For example, if a file named as .bat Ransomware.jpg gets encrypted, its name will get changed to .bat Ransomware.jpg-id-1PL00E0.[[email protected]].bat”. Technically, .bat Ransomware is a version of Dharma ransomware family and it uses RSA-1024 encryption method for file encryption.
As already mentioned earlier, the aim is to convince or force you to buy the decryption key. Each victim gets a unique victim ID. This ID is to be provided to the cyber-criminal through their email ID namely [email protected] In return, the cyber-criminal will give the crypt-currency wallet address where the money is to be paid to get the decryption tool. As per their claims, once you pay the ransom money, you will receive detailed instruction along with the decryption tool to get your encrypted files back. You will be encouraged to make the payment with-in 7 days of ransomware attack otherwise the decryption key may get overwritten and you will lose your data permanently. They also threat that if you try any other options to recover the encrypted files then you may face permanent data loss. In some cases, they may increase the decryption price. In order to win your trust, they offer to decrypt one of your files for free.
Note: There is no guarantee that you will receive the original or functional decryption key after you pay the ransom money. In many cases, the victims are totally ignored by the cyber-criminals once they receive the money. Until now, there is no free decryption tool that could do file recovery for you. So, it is advised to use the backup files if available to get your data back. You should immediately check the “Volume Shadow Copies” whether it is available or not. You can also try your luck using a third-parity data recovery tool.
It is true that data recovery is important however this is not possible until .bat Ransomware is present in your work-station. So, your immediate focus should be to remove this ransomware so that you can recover the encrypted files and other files that have not been encrypted until now remain safe.
How .bat Ransomware gets inside my PC:
The cyber-criminals uses spam email campaigns as a major trick to circulate malware infection. The other popular sources are bogus software updates, cracked or pirated tools, and unsafe sources to download software, unsafe hyperlinks and pop-ups and so on. In case of spam email attack, the targeted victim will receive tons of emails in their inbox and each of them contains some kind of attachment with them. They are usually MS Office files, ZIP or RAR files etc. As soon as they are downloaded or opened, the malware payloads and scripts get downloaded in the backdoor.
Peer-to-peer file sharing networks such as torrents, untrusted and unofficial download sources etc. are also used to intrude the malware payloads secretly in the background. The malicious files are often disguised as a very helpful and legitimate program.
How to Protect PC from malware Attack:
First thing first, you have to be very careful regarding the emails you receive and the attached files you open. The email that looks suspicious and irrelevant should be avoided. Similarly, you should be very careful while updating any kind of software. Don’t use any cracked software that basically is software that is activated without paying money to its developer. In most cases, they contain suspicious codes and files with them that could be a malware infection. At last, use a powerful anti-malware tool that has strong scanning algorithm and programming logics that can provide you protection in real-time.
.bat Ransomware is a perilous malware. In order to avoid its removal, it hides its payloads and scripts deep inside the PC. You may try downloading SpyHunter Malware Scanner and check if it detects this malware for you.