What is .bitcoin extension?
The .bitcoin ransomware is a malicious program which encrypts the user data and makes the confidential data files inaccessible for the user. Once the data is encrypted, a ransom note is delivered on the user’s system which asks the user to pay for the decryption key in order to reassess the data.
- Name: .bitcoin extension
- Targeted Operating System: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows vista and Windows 8/10
- Category: Ransomware, Malware
- Symptoms: Encrypted user files, slow system performance and the original file extension changed to .bitcoin
Why is .bitcoin dangerous for your computer system?
The .bitcoin ransomware is dangerous for your computer system because it can infringe your system security and lock your important data files. The .bitcoin ransomware is severe because once the data files are locked, it is really hard to recover them without a decryption key. After encrypting your data files, it leaves a ransom note on your computer system which asks for a hefty amount of ransom to be paid by the user in order to get the decryption key.
It is highly advice not to fall for their demands. In most cases, the cyber criminals do not deliver the decryption key even when you pay the ransom. So do not hope that fulfilling their demands will help you get a .bitcoin extension virus removal key. Rather invest your money in an effective backup and internet security software to save you from such future hazards.
How did .bitcoin extension get installed on your PC?
The cybercriminals use various strategies for malware distribution which include –
- Software Bundling: Software bundling is the process in which a malicious program is distributed with other free software, to get an unnoticed entry into your computer system. When a user installs a free application, the malicious programs gains a front door entry with the free application, the user has downloaded. Thus, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the installation screens while installing these free applications.
- Infected Storage Devices: Your system can also get infected by using removable media such as USB hard drives and jump drives without scanning them with an anti-virus.
- Spam Emails – Spamming is the most economic and common method used for the distribution of such malware. The targeted users get genuine looking emails which contain .doc, .txt, and other similar attachments. These attachments can be named as anything which can grab the user’s attention and triggers him/her to open the attachment. As soon as the user opens this attachment, the malware infects the user’s computer system.
- Malicious Websites or Malevolent Advertisements: The malicious websites are the ones which are created just for promoting the malware infections. Such websites include but are not limited to porn sites, torrent sites and other free downloading platforms. By visiting such websites, the malware infects the user’s computer without permission. Fake advertisements and updates like Flash player and windows updates which ask the user to update to the latest version are a few examples. When the users click on such links, their computer system gets infected. That is why, it is highly recommended to resist clicking on such links. Also avoid clicking on advertisements offering free stuff such as Win an iPhones, cars or free overseas trips etc.
How to remove .bitcoin Ransomware?
There are many online platforms which will offer you a guide to remove .bitcoin extension but unfortunately none of these guides can help you to unlock your data. So it is better not to waste your time on such guides because once your data in encrypted, it cannot be decrypted without a decryption key.
Restore the encrypted data via Windows previous version
If the system restore was enabled for both, system and user files, then you can recover your personal data through Windows Previous Version, provided the ransomware has not damaged the backup files. To restore your data follow the instructions given below –
- Open My Computer and search for the folder you want to restore.
- As soon as you find it, right click on it and choose the restore previous version option from the new window.
- This option will display all the previous copies of the folder.
- Now select restore data and through the options i.e. Open – Copy – Restore.
Tips to prevent malware from infecting your computer system:
- Keeping the Operating System Updated- In order to remain protected and avoid such infections, it is recommended to keep your Operating System updated by enabling the automatic update on your system. The systems with outdated or older versions of Operating System become an easy target for the attackers.
- Resist clicking on spam emails – One of the major techniques used for ransomware distribution is forwarding spam emails to the user. The system gets infected as soon as the user clicks on the attachment. These mails appear to be genuine, so be aware and resist falling for these tricks.
- Keep an eye on third party installations- It is quite important that you take due care while installing any third party applications for they are major source of such infections. Such ransomware programs come bundled with the free applications thereby requiring the user to remain cautious.
- Regular periodical backup- In order to keep your data and files safe, it is recommended to take regular back up of all your data and files either on an external drive or cloud.
- Use Anti-Virus Protection- We strongly recommend the use of antivirus protection/internet security in your PC like Hitman Pro and Vipre so that it remains safe.
- Enable the Ad Blocker/Popup Blocker in your browser- Enabling the popup blocker/ ad blocker in your chosen browser will help you to stay protected from annoying adware.