A new variant of STOP ransomware has recently been discovered by the Security Experts, the developers named it ‘Roldat Ransomware’. The malicious software is created to trouble the users by encrypting their important files. Once, it infiltrates the system, entire data and files are hijacked. Eventually, it locked the targeted files with its unique extension – “.roldat”. Hackers have a strong financial motive behind this encryption. The destructive software targets the files, which are commonly found in any system these days. Such as documents, images & even backup files.
Upon successful infiltration, it creates a text file – ‘_readme.txt’ in each folder having .roldat file. This text file is nothing but the ransom demanding note! Hackers demand hefty ransom in the form of Bitcoins, to restore data. The ransom demanding file pop-up automatically whenever you try to open .roldat file.
We recommend you to remove this malicious software ASAP. Thinking about the effective removal steps? Below are the easiest steps on how to remove .roldat virus from your system.
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Roldat ransomware is a newly discovered threat for computer users. Alike other ransomware-type files, roldat virus uses common tactics of distribution.
One of the easiest ways by which, .roldat land on your system is, via spam campaigns. In such attack campaigns, cyber criminals send an e-mail with malicious attachments. The e-mail is made to appear legitimate however, it is a spam attack on you. The attachments are usually in word documents, PDF or zip files. This is the second major reason, why user does not hesitate before opening these attachments. First is that, the subject line of such e-mails, made them appear legitimate. Once, you open this attachment, the malicious file triggers the ransomware payload and infects your system with roldat extension virus. Apart from the malicious advertisements, developers insert hyperlinks in the content of e-mail. These links redirects the user to some untrustworthy sites.
Usually, when you open the attached file/link, it asks for the permission to run the scripts. This script is nothing but the ‘macros’, through which the infection follows.
The moment this ransomware gains access of your system, it results in malicious modifications. Since the algorithm used is same as the infamous STOP ransomware, the ultimate aim of roldat ransomware is to encrypt data.
In order to successfully encrypt the files, the malicious ransomware uses strong algorithms such as AES, RSA and Salsa20. Once, the files are infected by roldat extension virus, it generates a unique key to decrypt file. Furthermore, it appends ‘.roldat’ extension to the file name, which makes it unusable.
Once, it makes itself comfortable in your system, it scans every inch of your computer to locate the targeted files. .roldat STOP ransomware looks for the files which are most commonly found in most of the PCs. Documents, Databases, Images, Videos, Music and Backups are a few targeted files.
At the end, .roldat ransomware drops a ransom demanding file, which aims at extorting money from the victim users. Roldat ransomware asks for hefty amount of ransom in exchange of the private key. Sum equal to $980 (in bitcoins) is demanded to decrypt your locked files. Moreover, you can avail a discount of 50% in the ransom amount, only if you contact the hackers within 72 hours of the .roldat attack. The price will be reduced to $490 (in bitcoins). However, paying the asked ransom amount does not ensure .roldat file recovery. Hence, instead of funding the cyber criminals, focus to remove .roldat ransomware.
Keep in mind, paying the ransom is not the only way out! In fact, it encourages cyber crooks to initiate a new ransomware project. Hence, here are a few possible solutions to delete .roldat file virus. Scroll down for easy and simple steps to remove .roldat extension:
5 Click on the username and enter the password (if any).
Once the system starts, ensure to use an account with administrative privilege to access Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
After the user enters admin credentials, Command prompt window is displayed wherein you are entitled to enter the below commands:
Continue to follow steps 4 & 5 of Method 2 to restore the System Files and settings.
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