Start Ransomware Description
The .Start Ransomware is a crypto-virus belonging to the ever-growing Dharma/CrySiS Ransomware family. However, the new dog in the regiment comes with a new email contact namely firstname.lastname@example.org and appends the new ‘.start’ extension to the encrypted data. The latter may (or may not) be preceded by the victim’s unique ID number.
Dozens of AV solutions are already capable of detecting the Start Ransomware. The ‘.start’ appendix is new to the Dharma Ransomware family, and that’s what differentiates its most recent offshoot from those, which came before. Albeit new, the .Start Ransomware reaches its targets by following the well-trodden techniques of spamming and malvertising mainly. As soon as the .Start Ransomware has finished encrypting data it generates a ransom note with the following text:
'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 email@example.com
Write this ID in the title of your message
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to theese e-mails: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.'
Recovering your data via a backup is advisable ONLY if you have removed the .Start ransomware and all its associated files from your system beforehand. To do so, you’d be better off using a reputable anti-malware software solution.
Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats
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