YGVB Ransomware Joins the Ever Growing STOP/Djvu Ransomware Family
YGVB Ransomware is another infection part of the STOP/Djvu Ransomware family. Like its predecessors, it locks files and demands a ransom fee to restore file access. If you tend to install applications from misleading and/or potentially unreliable third-party sites, you may expose yourself to threats like YGVB Ransomware.
YGVB Ransomware can corrupt and encrypt multiple file types, including photos, music, documents, and videos. YGVB Ransomware, upon installation, appends the .YGVB file extension to encrypted files and leaves a ransom note named !README!.txt on the user’s desktop and in every folder containing encrypted files.
Unfortunately, the YGVB Ransomware victims do not have access to a free decryption tool at the moment. The only reliable way to recover affected files is to restore them from a backup or use alternative data recovery options.
Although the hackers behind YGVB Ransomware promise to provide a decryptor in exchange for payment, it’s possible that you may pay and never receive the decryption key.
YGVB Ransomware spreads similarly to many other ransomware variants in terms of distribution. It generally comes via malicious spam emails or unreliable third-party websites. Once it accesses the targeted system, the ransomware utilizes the AES cipher algorithm to encrypt important files and then demands a ransom for the decryption key. The cost of decryption is $980, but the hackers will offer a 50% discount if contact is established within the first 72 hours after infection.
How to Protect Yourself from a YGVB Ransomware Infection
To protect yourself from a YGVB Ransomware attack, you should have a reputable malware remediation tool installed on your computer. That way, you can constantly scan for elements associated with this troublesome ransomware infection and other malware. Also, to reduce the potential damage of a future ransomware infection, please consider backing up your files on an external hard drive or cloud storage.