SOPA Ransomware Description
SOPA Ransomware is a ransomware Trojan that pretends to be a software representative from the never-implemented Stop Online Piracy Act by blocking your PC with a warning message, encrypting various files and then instructing you to pay a ransom if you want your files back. Due to the legal references used, along with the preferred payment method (MoneyPak), SpywareRemove.com malware experts consider SOPA Ransomware to be targeting the United States explicitly, although other countries – including Canada and even some parts of Europe – are also in danger from SOPA Ransomware attacks. Given that SOPA Ransomware is a criminal program that lacks any legal backing, it’s recommended that you use anti-malware software to delete SOPA Ransomware and restore your encrypted files from a backup, especially since SOPA Ransomware’s criminal partners don’t have any reason to restore your files even after you pay their fee.
When Aborted Legislation Meets Malware in SOPA Ransomware
SOPA Ransomware is a unique example of a ransomware Trojan due to its usage of failed legislation to upgrade its appearance of legal legitimacy from ‘questionable’ to ‘semi-believable.’ The much-decried SOPA legislation, an anti-piracy act, failed to pass final legislative muster once significant outcry from technology companies and voters caused congressmen to lose confidence in it. However, SOPA Ransomware hopes that its victims haven’t heard about SOPA’s final outcome – its pop-up alert claims to be part of an ‘automatic protection system’ that SOPA supposedly implemented to attack illegal downloaders and other copyright violators.
Besides its pop-up (which, true to form for ransomware Trojans, mixes in accusations of pornography-viewing along with illegal download-related threats), SOPA Ransomware also detects your IP address and displays it to make it look as though your computer has been identified by legal agencies.
What SOPA Ransomware’s Fake Threats Mean for Your Real Files
SOPA Ransomware insists that you pay a MoneyPak fine to make up for your crimes, although this is both needless and discouraged by SpywareRemove.com malware experts as a waste of your finances. Unfortunately, to back up this warning, SOPA Ransomware will encrypt files on your computer (such as text documents, Word files, media files, etc), which makes them unusable unless they’re decrypted by an appropriate key. Unusually, SOPA Ransomware even offers a ‘test’ decryption service that lets you decrypt a single file through e-mail, although SpywareRemove.com malware researchers stress that this isn’t an indication that SOPA Ransomware’s criminals will be happy to decrypt all of your files once they receive their payment.
In some cases, file encryption can be reversed by solutions that are made accessible by several PC security companies. In other instances, you should restore your files from a backup after you’ve removed SOPA Ransomware. SpywareRemove.com malware analysts recommend using anti-malware applications for this purpose due to the high likelihood of Registry changes and the presence of other PC threats besides SOPA Ransomware.
SOPA Ransomware Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)
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Posted: October 8, 2012 | By SpywareRemove
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