The STOP/Djvu Ransomware Family Strikes with Another Varian – RUGI Ransomware
Rugi Ransomware is another infection that is part of the STOP/Djvu Ransomware family. Like its predecessors, it was discovered locking files and demanding a ransom fee to restore access to the victim’s files. If you tend to install applications from possibly misleading or potentially unreliable third-party sites, you may end up exposing yourself to threats like Rugi Ransomware.
Rugi Ransomware can corrupt and encrypt multiple file types, including photos, music, documents, and videos. Upon installation, Rugi Ransomware appends the .Rugi file extension to encrypted files. It also leaves a ransom note named !README!.txt on the user’s desktop and in every folder containing encrypted files.
Unfortunately, Rugi 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. Hackers behind Rugi Ransomware promise to provide a decryptor in exchange for payment. You may feel obliged to make that payment thinking that they will deliver what they’ve promised, but that is not the case. It is highly likely you will never receive the decryption tool with the key.
In terms of distribution, Rugi Ransomware spreads similarly to many other ransomware variants, generally via malicious spam emails or unreliable third-party websites. Once the victim’s system is infiltrated, the ransomware encrypts important files and then demands a ransom in exchange 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 Do I Remove Rugj Ransomware
To protect yourself from the Rugi Ransomware attack, you should have a reputable malware remediation tool installed on your computer. That way, you can scan and remove elements associated with this troublesome ransomware infection and other threats.