Tell me about VenusLocker Ransomware?
VenusLocker Ransomware is the harmful data locking virus that can be classified as ransomware. It is mainly created by cyber criminals with main motive to extort money from infected users. It is based on the EDA2 ransomware project.
How can it encrypt the files or data?
Once it enters, it will scan the whole system and encrypt your various file or data and demand ransom for its decryption. It uses AES-256 encryption algorithm to encrypt the file and append the file name as .Venusf extension.
What can it do after encryption?
After encryption, it will create a ransom note ReadMe.txt in text format and put it in each folder containing encrypted files. It also drop ransom note in image format named as Co3FhMAWcAEp-5y.jpg. According to ransom note, it contains a short description about encrypted files and payment method to buy decryption key.
What is the demand of cyber criminals?
Cyber criminals demand ransom in the form of Bitcoins and convince users to email on VenusLocker@mail2tor.com to obtain information on the attack and payment. The cost of decryption key is 0.15 Bitcoins which is equivalent to 100 USD. They can also warn users that if you not make payment in given time and want to remove this virus then you will permanently lose your file.
Is it safe to pay ransom to the cyber criminals?
No, it is not safe to pay ransom to the cyber criminals. Once you make payment, you will automatically connect to the cyber criminals. Through this virus, cyber criminals monitor your online activities and steal your privacy for misuse.
What is the distribution process of VenusLocker Ransomware?
VenusLocker Ransomware is mainly distributed through junk attachments of spam emails, freeware and shareware downloads, via exploit kits, P2P file sharing or network sharing, visiting suspicious sites like Porn and torrent sites and much more.
What can it do after infiltration?
After infiltration, it will block Window Firewall and other security tools to be undetected. VenusLocker Ransomware makes new registry entries in Window Registry to achieve high level persistence. It is designed in this way that can open the backdoor for other malware threats into the system.
How can I protect my system from VenusLocker Ransomware?
It is hardly advised that never make payment to the cyber criminals. It is not sure that you will successfully receive decryption key after making payment. Therefore, it is highly suggested you to remove VenusLocker Ransomware from the PC as soon as possible.