Llee ransomware is file-encrypting malware from the Djvu/STOP malware family. The cybercriminals operating this ransomware family release new versions on a regular basis, often at least a couple of times a week. We’ve written about other versions, including Llltt, Lloo, Qlln, and Zpps. The ransomware will encrypt all your personal files, and you will know which ones have been affected by the .llee extension added to files. You will not be able to open any encrypted files unless you first decrypt them. But acquiring the decryptor will be difficult.
As soon as you open an infected file and initiate the Llee ransomware, your files will be encrypted. Your photos, documents, videos, and other files will be the targets. Overall, all of your personal files will be encrypted, as they are the most important to you. It will be easy to tell which files have been encrypted because of the .llee extension added to them. For instance, text.txt would become text.txt.llee when encrypted. These files require a particular decryptor in order to be opened. Instructions on how to get the decryptor are provided in the _readme.txt ransom note. The requested ransom is $980. Although it’s doubtful whether these claims are accurate, the ransom note promises a 50% discount for users who get in touch with the ransomware operators within the first 72 hours. Paying the ransom and/or interacting with the cybercriminals is not a good idea because there is no guarantee that you will obtain the decryptor. Keep in mind that you are dealing with cybercriminals, and nothing can stop them from simply stealing your money and not send sending you a decryptor.
You have to use anti-malware software to delete Llee ransomware from your computer. Ransomware infections are quite complex and require professional software to get rid of. As soon as the Llee ransomware has been removed, you can access your backup and start restoring files.
For users who were not backing up their files before the ransomware infection, recovering them will be much more difficult, if not impossible. If you don’t have a backup, you can wait for a free Llee ransomware decryptor to be released, albeit it is unknown when or if that will happen. This family of ransomware infections uses online keys to encrypt files, thus each victim’s key is different. Without those keys, a decryptor is unlikely. However, it’s not impossible that the keys will eventually be released by the cybercriminals themselves. Thus, back up your encrypted files and wait for a free Llee ransomware decryptor to be released.
Ransomware spread methods
Ransomware infections are often spread via torrents, email attachments, advertisements, and other methods. Your computer is more likely to get infected with malware if you have unhealthy browsing habits. This is mostly because those with bad habits are more inclined to partake in risky behavior. Changing your browsing habits is one of the most effective ways of preventing a ransomware infection.
Double-checking email attachments before opening them is one of the simplest and most important things you can do to improve computer security. Ransomware, and malware in general, is often spread using email attachments. The email itself is not dangerous as long as the attached malicious file is not opened. The ransomware will start as soon as the malicious file is opened. Fortunately, you should be able to recognize phishing emails quite quickly. The most obvious signs are grammar and spelling errors. Malicious email senders frequently pretend to be representatives of known companies whose services users use. However, it is immediately clear that something is wrong when such emails have grammar/spelling mistakes. Malicious emails are always full of mistakes. You should also pay attention to how an email addresses you. Emails whose attachments you should open will always address you by name. But malicious actors usually use generic words like User, Member, Customer, etc. to address users since they do not have access to personal information. It is strongly recommended to scan all unsolicited email attachments with anti-virus software or VirusTotal before opening them because certain malicious emails may be more sophisticated than others.
If you use torrents to download copyrighted content for free, you run the risk of infecting your computer with malware. Since torrent sites are frequently poorly monitored, malicious actors often upload torrents that contain malware. It’s very common to find malware in torrents for popular movies, TV series, software, and video games.
How to remove Llee ransomware
We don’t recommend trying to manually remove Llee ransomware because it is a very sophisticated malware infection that requires professional software to remove. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re risking causing more harm than good by trying manual Llee ransomware removal. Use anti-malware software instead. The antivirus program will delete Llee ransomware and all of its components. Unfortunately, your files won’t be decrypted even if you get rid of the ransomware. If you have a backup, you can start recovering files as soon as the ransomware is eliminated.