STOP-Browec Ransomware

Posted: April 15, 2019

STOP-Browec Ransomware Description

The STOP-Browec Ransomware is a member of the STOP Ransomware family, and this means that it is impossible to rely on a free decryption tool to recover the files locked by this ransomware. Unfortunately, victims of the STOP-Browec Ransomware may be very short in terms of file recovery options, since the only guaranteed way to restore the data damaged by this file-locker is to use a recent backup copy. Victims of the STOP-Browec Ransomware who do not have a habit of making regular backups of their important files may end up being in a very unfortunate situation since their only option might be to rely on data recovery software whose success rate may vary greatly.

The STOP-Browec Ransomware may be spread via fake emails that urge the user to download a bogus file attachment that is meant to execute a script that downloads, unpacks, and launches the STOP-Browec Ransomware’s payload. Once the ransomware is activated on an unprotected computer, it may need just a few minutes to carry out its attack and encrypt the contents of images, documents, videos, archives, databases and other common file types.

All files that the STOP-Browec Ransomware locks also may be renamed by adding the ‘.browec’ extension to their names. Naturally, the ransomware’s operators want to be contacted by their victims, and this is why their threatening program will drop the ransom note ‘_readme.txt’ to the desktop folder of all infected computers. According to this file, the authors of the STOP-Browec Ransomware can be contacted by messaging We do not advise you to get in touch with the perpetrators of the attack because they will ask for a significant ransom payment in exchange for the data decryptor they claim to possess. However, the authors of the STOP-Browec Ransomware do not provide any proof that they have a working decryption tool, and you may not get anything in return if you accept to pay the ransom fee.

The suggestion to users whose files were locked up by the STOP-Browec Ransomware is to use a reputable anti-malware scanner to dispose of the malevolent files immediately. After the threat has been eliminated, they can attempt to recover their files either by restoring from a backup or using data recovery software.

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