The STOP/Djvu Ransomware Family Continues to Grow with OOXA Ransomware Joining the Group
Like other associated variants, this infection locks files and demands a ransom fee to restore file access. If you have a habit of downloading free or pirated software programs via torrent sites or cracked software sites, you may end up unknowingly installing threats like OOXA Ransomware on your machine.
OOXA Ransomware locks various file types, including photos, music, documents, and videos. During the file encryption, OOXA Ransomware adds the .OOXA extension to affected files, leaving a ransom note on the user’s desktop and in every folder that contains encrypted files.
Unfortunately, an online decryption tool that would unlock files encrypted by OOXA Ransomware is not currently available. The only reliable way to recover infected files is to restore them from a backup. Victims may attempt to use alternative data recovery options but there is no guarantee that alternative data recovery tools will unlock all the encrypted files.
Once downloaded and installed, OOXA Ransomware employs the AES encryption algorithm to lock up important files. Afterward, it demands a ransom in exchange for the decryption key. The decryption key costs $980, but the cybercriminals will offer a 50% discount if the victim contacts them within the first 72 hours after infection.
The hackers can be contacted at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. We discourage establishing contact with the hackers, however, as there is also no guarantee that they will provide decryption tools after payment or even communicate with you.
How Do I Deal with the OOXA Ransomware Infection?
To protect yourself from OOXA Ransomware, you should invest in a reputable malware remediation tool to regularly scan for elements associated with this troublesome ransomware infection. Additionally, you should also back up your files on an external hard drive or cloud storage.