PGP Ransomware Description
The PGP ransomware is a piece of threatening software, belonging to the Dharma Ransomware family. Its purpose is to encrypt valuable data on infected machines and demand a ransom for the decryption tools. The PGP ransomware variant encrypts files and appends them with a unique victim ID, the email address of the threat actors and the .pgp extension. An example would be a file named ''redcar.jpg'' becoming ''redcar.jpg.id-********[email@example.com].pgp after encryption.
After the PGP Ransomware has encrypted all valuable files successfully, it will present the victim with a pop-up ransom note, that reads:
'All your files have been encrypted!
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Write this ID in the title of your message -
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to theese e-mails:email@example.com
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send us up to 1 file for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 1Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click 'Buy bitcoins', and select the seller by payment method and price.
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.'
The PGP ransomware also drops a text file on the infected machine, named 'FILES ENCRYPTED.txt,' which only informs the victims that their data has been encrypted and they have to write to the email presented in the pop-up. Neither the pop-up or the text file contains a precise ransom amount. They just notify the victim that the payment must be made in Bitcoins. The cost of the ransom is to be determined by how quickly the victim contacts the threat actors.
As proof of their ability to decrypt the files, the cybercriminals offer to decrypt one non-essential file that is smaller than 1MB for free. As always, it is strongly advised against paying such ransoms, as there is no guarantee that the cyber-crooks will deliver on their decryption promise. Security specialists recommend that you store important infected files on separate storage in case free decryption is possible in the future.
Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats
If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to PGP 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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