Eegf ransomware is yet another version of the Djvu/STOP ransomware. It’s a type of malware that encrypts files and takes them hostage until you agree to pay a ransom. This ransomware adds .eegf to encrypted files, so you will immediately know which files have been affected. Unfortunately, unless you have a decryptor, decrypting those files is not currently possible. If you have copies of your files in a backup, you can start file recovery as soon as you remove Eegf ransomware from your computer. For users without backup, waiting for a free Eegf ransomware decryptor may be the only option.
Once the ransomware is initiated, it will immediately start encrypting your personal files. Your photos, videos, images, documents, etc., will all be encrypted. You will immediately know which files have been affected because they will have the .eefg extension added to them. For example, an encrypted text.txt file would become text.txt.eegf. Unless you run the files through a decryptor, you won’t be able to open them. The _readme.txt ransom note explains how you can get the decryptor. Unfortunately, cybercriminals demand $980 for it. The note mentions a 50% discount to victims who contact the cyber criminals within the first 72 hours, though we’re doubtful the discount part is true. In general, trusting the cybercriminals to send you a decryptor even after you pay is not a good idea. There are no guarantees they’ll keep their end of the deal, and you could end up losing not only your files but also your money.
It’s important that you use anti-malware software to remove Eegf ransomware from your computer. It’s a complex malware infection that requires a professional program to remove. Once the ransomware has been removed you can connect to your backup, if you have it. Do not try to delete Eegf ransomware manually because you could accidentally cause additional damage to your computer.
Recovering files will be much more difficult, if not impossible, for users who do not have copies saved in a backup. At the moment there is no free Eegf ransomware decryptor, though it may be released in the future. However, developing a free decryptor for this ransomware is quite difficult for malware researchers. The malware uses online keys to encrypt files, which means that the keys are unique to each victim. Unless those keys are released by the cybercriminals themselves (or by law enforcement), a decryptor is not very likely at the moment. However, it’s not impossible that it will be released. So back up your encrypted files and occasionally check NoMoreRansom for a decryptor.
How to avoid malware infections
- Double-check unsolicited email attachments.
Malware is often distributed through email attachments. This is why it’s important that you’re very careful when dealing with unsolicited emails that have attachments. You should also know the signs of a malicious email so you can identify it in time. One of the most obvious signs is grammar/spelling mistakes. Malicious emails usually have very obvious mistakes and quite a lot of them. Senders pretend to be from legitimate companies so the mistakes look very out of place. Malicious emails will also use generic words like User, Member, Customer, etc., to address you instead of using your name. Emails whose attachments you’d need to open will always address you by name. While malicious emails will be very obvious in many cases, some campaigns may be more sophisticated. Thus, scan all unsolicited email attachments with anti-virus software or VirusTotal before opening them.
- Do not pirate.
It’s a known fact that torrent sites are very poorly moderated, which is why they’re full of malware. Malicious actors often upload torrents with malware in them, and unsuspecting users end up downloading them. It’s especially common to find malware in torrents for popular entertainment content, such as movies, TV series, video games, and even software. The more popular something is, the more likely that its torrents will have malware in them. Unless you want to put your computer and personal files in danger, avoid pirating using torrents. In general, pirating is essentially stealing content.
- Install updates.
Malware often uses vulnerabilities to infect computers. Oftentimes, these vulnerabilities are identified by developers and patched before they can be used. This is why installing updates is so important. No matter how tedious the task may seem, do not put off installing updates, especially if they patch security vulnerabilities.
Eegf ransomware removal
We don’t recommend trying to remove Eegf ransomware manually because it’s a fairly complex infection. Use anti-malware software to remove Eegf ransomware. Once it’s been fully removed, you can connect to your backup and start recovering files.
If you do not have a backup, your only option is to wait for a free Eegf ransomware decryptor to be released. Until it does get released, back up your encrypted files and wait. We should mention that you need to be very careful when looking for a free Eegf ransomware decryptor because there are many fake ones. If you cannot find a decryptor on NoMoreRansom or another legitimate source, you certainly won’t find a working decryptor on a questionable forum.
Eegf ransomware is detected as:
Win32:Malware-gen by Avast/AVG
HEUR:Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Stop.gen by Kaspersky
Artemis!D2C52B9632E1 by McAfee
Ransom:Win32/StopCrypt.PAF!MTB by Microsoft
Trojan.GenericKD.39743872 by BitDefender
Trojan.GenericKD.39743872 (B) by Emsisoft
Trojan.MalPack.GS by Malwarebytes