File-encryption Trojans are exceptionally threatening because of their ability to cause long-term trouble. Even if you end up removing the ransomware from your computer, you will still have to find a way to recover the data that was damaged during the attack. One of the more prominent ransomware families in the past few years has been the Dharma Ransomware. At one point, the authors of the project announced that it was discontinued and then released all available decryption keys. However, Dharma did not stay inactive for long – just a few months later, dozens of Dharma variants started to emerge online. One of the latest versions of the Dharma Ransomware is the Avaad Ransomware, and, unfortunately, its victims will not have free decryption software to help them.
When the Avaad Ransomware infects a computer successfully, it will start encrypting files immediately. Once a file is locked, the file-locker will add the extension '.id-<VICTIM ID>.[Avaaddams@msgsafe.io].Avaad.' Another change that the malware brings is to drop the ransom message 'FILES ENCRYPTED.txt' on the desktop. This file warns the victims that their data has been locked, and the only way to recover it is to pay for a decryption service the criminals offer.
Avaad Ransomware's creators do not specify the exact amount of the ransom sum, but it is unlikely that they will agree to help for less than a few hundred dollars. We advise you not to pay, because the criminals may decide to trick you. Many victims of ransomware attacks agreed to pay, hoping that they would end up getting their files back, but they never heard from the criminals again.
Victims of the Avaad Ransomware should use an anti-malware scanner to eliminate the threat. Once the Trojan is gone, they can experiment with popular data recovery software.
Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats
If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Avaad Ransomware may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.
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