What is Stinger Ransomware?
The Stinger Ransomware is a notorious crypto-virus is developed by hackers in order to encrypt the user files and adds a .stinger file extension to all the important user files. This ransomware infects a computer system and leaves a ransom note that reads which is named as the “About.Stinger unlocking instructions.txt”
- Name: Stinger Ransomware
- Targeted Operating System: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows 8/10
- Category: Ransomware, Malware
- Symptoms: It encrypts the user files, leaves a ransom note on the system and adds a .stinger extension to the files
Why should I worry about the Stinger Ransomware?
The stinger ransomware virus is a serious threat to your system security. This ransomware infringes the system security and uses the AES – 256 cryptography scheme in order to lock all the user files. This ransomware adds a .stinger file extension to all the user files. For e.g. Sample.png to Sample.png.stinger
Once the user data is locked, this ransomware leaves a ransom note on the user’s system in order to extort money from the user. This ransomware program is highly identical to GPGQWert, Fairy tail Ransomware and other malware programs. Many users pay for the hefty amounts asked by the cybercriminals in order to get the decryption key. However, in most cases the decryption key is not provided by the cybercriminals even when the user pays the ransom. That is why it is a good practice to invest your money in a reliable Backup software and Internet Security Suite which will save your data if such a similar situation arises in future.
How did Stinger Ransomware infect 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 adware 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.
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How to remove Stinger Ransomware?
There are many online platforms which provide a Stinger ransomware removal guide. If your system has been infected by the Stinger ransomware then it is better not to waste your time on Stinger ransomware removal instructions. This is so because the files once encrypted by a ransomware infection 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 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 malware 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 malware 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 360 Total Security and Sophos 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.