What is STOP Ransomware?
STOP is the name of the virus that encodes files on the infected computer thus making them unavailable for users. Combination of AES and RSA-1024 encryption algorithms are used for this purpose. During encryption, it appends STOP (or .SUSPENDED, .WAITING) extension to all infected files and creates TXT file (!!!YourDataRestore!!!.txt) that contains ransom-demanding message.
In the ransom note, cybercriminals demand the amount of $600, moreover, the transaction must be made within 72 hours. Nonetheless, we urge you not to contact them as it’s fraught with money loss. The thing is that malefactors often disappear once money is transferred. To complicate matters further, STOP Ransomware also deletes all shadow copies of files which are necessary for data restore. But, don’t despair, the virus doesn’t delete your files which means you have a good chance to get them back especially since there are free decryptors for some variants of Dharma. First, you need to remove STOP Ransomware and then use one of given below methods for data recovery. Here you’ll find a detailed instruction which, hopefully, will help you.
How STOP ransomware gets on your PC?
This type of virus can be infiltrated through several methods, including a freeware software, spam messages, trojans, software from dangerous sources, etc. A process of installation can start hidden and automatically. Besides that, some malware programs can mark STOP Ransomware as a trusted software program.
What to do if your PC is infected with STOP ransomware
As soon as you notice the presence of the ransomware on your system, you should turn your computer off. If it is possible to try to create a backup or image of your hard drive info. This may let you reserve the state of your drives in case a decryption method would be created afterward.
How to remove STOP ransomware?
To make sure that the ransomware won’t reappear, you need to delete STOP ransomware completely. For this you need to remove the files and registry entries of the ransomware. We should warn you that performing some of the steps may require above-average skills, so if you don’t feel experienced enough, you may apply to automatic removal tool.
Performing an antimalware scan with SpyHunter Removal Tool would automatically search out and delete all elements related to STOP ransomware. It is not only the easiest way to eliminate STOP ransomware but also the safest and the most assuring one.
How to decrypt and restore STOP files
Restore files with an automatic tool
There is a possible way to decrypt .STOP, .SUSPENDED, .WAITING files using Data Recovery Pro that would help you recover your files in the absence of required decryptor.
- Download Data Recovery Pro and launch it
- Select the drive you want to recover and click START SCAN
- After scanning is finished, you are presented with a list of recoverable files found.
- Select the required files and click the Recover
Nevertheless there are no other tools able to restore and decrypt STOP files, you may try applying to the manual methods described below, however, they might not work with the latest versions of STOP ransomware.
Restore the system
- Initiate the search for system restore
- Click on the result
- Choose the date before the infection appearance
- Follow the on-screen instructions
Roll the files back to the previous version
- Right-click the file and choose Properties
- Open the Previous Version tab
- Select the latest version and click Copy
- Click Restore
If the above-mentioned methods didn’t help in eliminating the threat, then it’s better to rely on an automatic way of deleting STOP ransomware.
How to prevent ransomware infection
To get avoid infection with such viruses as ransomware, we advise you to use Dr.Web. Dr.Web is a powerful antimalware software that can quickly detect and remove Scarab-Rebus Ransomware with all vicious components left among system files and registry entries to make sure that it is completely gone. Dr.Web also has a feature (HTTP monitor), allowing to block access to dangerous sites in a real-time thus preventing you from being infected in the future. Just launch the scan and Dr.Web will take care of the rest.