StrutterGear Ransomware Description
The StrutterGear Ransomware is a variant of the Jigsaw Ransomware, a Trojan that can encrypt or delete your files until you pay its ransom. Conventional safeguards against file-encoding threats like the StrutterGear Ransomware include saving backups in places not often subject to attacks, such as detachable USB drives or cloud storage. Malware experts warn that a finished version of this Trojan could cause permanent data loss, and you always should use anti-malware products to disable or delete the StrutterGear Ransomware as quickly as is reasonable.
A New Picture for the Puzzle of an Encryption Attack
Various threat actor teams and individuals are making an efficient use of the code of the progenitor Jigsaw Ransomware, which earned its news headlines by combining attacks for locking your files with multiple triggers for deleting them. Previous, recent examples of variants on this theme include Trojans like the Ramsey Ransomware, which delivers similar attacks, or screen-locking threats like the Jigsaw 4.6 Ransomware that only imitates the symptoms. The StrutterGear Ransomware is the last example malware experts can add to this rapidly growing sub-group.
Just like the Ramsey Ransomware, the StrutterGear Ransomware is a legitimate variant of the Jigsaw Ransomware and reuses most of that Trojan's code. While the StrutterGear Ransomware does encrypt and lock various files on the infected PC, its author is configuring all attacks to do no more than target specific 'test' media currently. A full-release version of the StrutterGear Ransomware may scan the entire PC, attack folders like Downloads, or even compromise a local network-accessible drive on another machine.
Once the encoding attack concludes, the StrutterGear Ransomware loads a minor variant of the previous Jigsaw Ransomware pop-up. Like the old version of the Trojan, malware experts can confirm that the attack may lock your desktop and incorporate a timer, an encrypted file viewer, and various buttons associated with the ransoming process. The threat actors ask for the moderately expensive ransom of 500 USD in Bitcoins and threaten to delete your files if you don't do what they want.
Stopping Your Files from Becoming the Cogs Powering a Trojan's Profits
Users should remain cautious whenever dealing with Jigsaw Ransomware variants, like the StrutterGear Ransomware particularly, which could erase content under a variety of conditions. Malware experts recommend especially refraining from rebooting hastily, which could provoke automatic file deletion from the Trojan. Using bootable USB or CD storage also can bypass the exploits that let this Trojan load its attacks, including the pop-up, automatically.
There is a free decryption tool for the StrutterGear Ransomware's family, but, at this time, it isn't updated to encompass this latest fork of the program. Since the availability of decryption solutions are often subject to chance, backing up your critical files should be considered a better defense against threats like the StrutterGear Ransomware. Since threat-detecting rates for this variant are, overall, positive, most anti-malware programs should find few issues with removing the StrutterGear Ransomware at any stage of an infection.
The one, unwavering piece of the ransomware puzzle is the fact that the con artists need money to continue investing in their black market enterprises. Deprive them of that resource by keeping yours safely out of the StrutterGear Ransomware's wallet, by any means necessary.
Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats
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File System Modifications
The following files were created in the system:
file.exeFile name: file.exe
Size: 199.68 KB (199680 bytes)
Detection count: 27
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: June 14, 2017