V6cye Ransomware is a brand-new variant of the pernicious snatch Ransomware family. Just like other Ransomware, V6cye crypto-virus has been designed to encrypt the files & lock them by adding its malicious extension to the filenames. The encrypted files are inaccessible to the users & can be restored using a private unique key that is stored on the hacker’s server.
The hackers demand hefty amount as a ransom from the victims in return of the V6cye decrypter tool & the purchase key.
Is paying the ransom only way to restore your encrypted data? Can V6cye decrypter tool remove V6cye extension from the files? How can you stop V6cye Ransomware from infecting your system? Read on to find answers to these questions.
|Operating System Impacted||Windows|
|Symptoms||Files are encrypted & locked with .v6cye extension. Appearance of ransom-demanding note while trying to access the files.|
V6Cye Ransomware, a variant of the infamous Snatch Ransomware is the latest threat to the cyber-world. It has infected a large number of systems across the world so far. It is spreading its infection at an alarming rate via spam e-mail campaigns, third-party software download sources & suspicious websites.
Just like other Ransomware-infections, V6cye Ransomware has been designed to encrypt the files & make ransom demand.
After infecting the system, .V6cye file virus searches every nook & corner for the targeted files. When found, it employs highly-complex cryptographies such as AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) & RAS (Rivest–Shamir–Adleman) to encrypt the files. These cryptographies also generate unique decryption key for each victim.
The encrypted files renamed by adding .V6cye extension to the file-names. The users will not be able to access or read the content of the files as these are made inaccessible by the V6cye Crypto-virus.
A file named “image.jpg” might be renamed as “image.jpg.V6cye” after encryption.
Following are the file extensions that V6cye Ransomware is capable of encrypting-
1). Document files (.docx, .doc, .odt, .rtf, .text, .pdf, .htm, .ppt)
2). Audio Files (.mp3, .aif, .iff, .m3u, .m4u, .mid, .mpa, .wma, .ra, .avi, .mov, .mp4)
3). Video Files (.3gp, .mpeg, .3g2, .asf, .asx, .flv, .mpg, .wmv, .vob)
4). Images (.jpg, .jpeg, .raw, .tif, .gif, .png)
5). Backup Files (.bck, .bckp, .tmp, .gho)
Once the files are encrypted, V6cye drops a ransom-demanding note, “RESTORE_V6CYE_FILES.txt” on the victim’s desktop.
This ransom note explains the current situation & states that only V6cye’s Developers can restore the encrypted data. Each victim is assigned a unique decryption key, which is required to restore data. This unique key is stored on the server that is handled by the V6cye’s developers.
The victims are required to pay hefty amount of around $500-$1500 in Cryptocurrency to the hackers in exchange of the V6cye decryption tool & unique key.
In order to guarantee the decryption, the hackers offer to restore any three encrypted files of the victims for free. The victims may contact the hackers & send files on their e-mail id –email@example.com.
The ransom amount, whether high or low, should never be paid to the hackers. Analysis has shown that victims are typically ignored by the hackers after paying ransom amount. In addition to that, paying the ransom encourages the victims to continue to spread the infection & swindle computer users.
Instead, the victims must act smart & download V6cye decrypter tool. Else, they may follow virus removal guidelines to get rid of V6cye Ransomware.
According to the cyber-security analysts, the developers of V6cye are using common internet services to propagate its infection. These include:
To restart the system to Safe Mode with Networking, if already switched ON then follow the below steps:
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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