.Work file virus is the dangerous virus that can be identified as ransomware. It is mainly created by cyber hacker with the main motive to extort money from innocent users. Once it enters, it will scan the whole system and encrypt your various files or data and demand ransom for its decryption key. Cyber security researcher noted that it is the variant of CryptoMix ransomware. It uses the strong encryption algorithm like symmetric and asymmetric encryption algorithm to encrypt the file and append the file name as .Work extension. After encryption, it will create a ransom note named as Help_Instruction.txt and put it in each folder containing encrypted files or also display on the computer screen. According to ransom note it contains a short message about encrypted files and payment method to buy decryption key.
.Work file virus is mainly distributed through spam email attachments, via exploit kits, P2P sharing of the network, freeware and shareware downloads, visiting suspicious sites like porn and torrent sites and much more. Cyber criminals behind this ransomware demand ransom in the form of digital currency known as Bitcoins and encourage users to buy it from designated wallet address. They can also warn users that if you not make payment in given time and want to remove this virus then you will lose your file permanently. After proliferation, .Work file virus makes new registry entries in Window Registry to achieve high-level persistence that can allow other malware threats into the system. It can also block Window Firewall and other security tools to be undetected.
It is strongly recommended that never pay any type of money to the cyber hacker. It is not sure that you will successfully receive decryption key after making payment. Once you make payment, you also support their malicious business. Therefore, it is hardly advised you to remove .Work file virus from the PC as soon as possible.