I wrote this article to help you remove Digisom Ransomware. This Digisom Ransomware removal guide works for all Windows versions.
Digisom belongs to the family of ransomware and, as a member, it is dreaded. According to experts, ransomware pieces are the most dangerous cyber infection out there. And they totally deserve this reputation. Digisom is no different. It follows a pretty standard pattern. First, it sneaks into your system undetected. Second, it locates and locks all of your important data. And third, it extorts you for money. Unsurprisingly, money is Digisom`s mail goal. In fact, these file-encrypting pests have become quite the moneymakers because of the tactic they use. Unlike other parasites, which try stealing your credit card number, for example, ransomware relies on a different method. It takes something that is yours and practically forces you to give it your money. But this is all a scam, after all. Let`s get into details.
The first thing Digisom has to do is to get on your machine. It goes without saying that you wouldn’t download such pest on purpose. That’s why it turns to trickery and deception to enter. Digisom is still a program and it needs to be installed properly. It needs your permission, so it asks for it in the sneakiest way possible. For example, spam email messages. All the crooks have to do is to attach the ransomware to a legitimate looking email and send it to you. You do the rest by opening it. Of course, the email is posing as an important one such as shipping invoice or a job application to fool you and if you are careless you fall right into the trap.
Other entering techniques involve freeware bundles, malicious third-party ads, corrupted pages/links/torrents, fake program updates, etc. A ransomware can even use the help pf a Trojan to slither in. The point it, the methods are many but none of them would work without one key ingredient – your negligence. You have to be more careful. Double check what you are giving green light to. Don’t rush and stay away from shady pages. Otherwise, you are practically inviting the infection on board. Once Digisom settles, it doesn’t waste any time. It immediately performs a scan on your machine searching for files to encrypt. Your files. And what the ransomware is looking for, it usually finds.
All of your pictures, music, videos, MS Office files, documents, presentations, work-related data, etc. get encrypted. Digisom locks them with a strong encryption algorithm thus denying you access to any of them. You cannot open/read/listen to/edit anything. Moreover, to solidify its hold over your data, Digisom ads a pesky [3_random_characters.x] extension. For instance, a file named “song.mp3”, after being locked becomes “song.mp3.kY9.x”. Seeing thing add-on means that the encryption process is over and your files are inaccessible. They have been turned to unusable gibberish and you cannot change that. Renaming them or moving them into another folder does nothing as well. This is the time when Digisom makes it final move.
The ransomware drops ten files – Digisom Readme0.txt to Digisom Readme9 – on your desktop. Those are the ransom notes aka the payment instructions. According to the crooks, the only way of recovering your data is by obtaining a special tool, which, of course, you have to pay for. The sum demanded is 0.2 Bitcoins ($200). The hackers even give you a deadline to scare you even more so you would comply. They say that if you don’t make the payment within 48 hours they are going to delete the decryption tool. Don’t give in to the panic. Do your best to stay calm. They crooks are paying mind games with you. You are aware that when it comes to making deal with cybercriminals there are no guarantees, aren’t you? You may pay and not receive the tool anyway. But even If you do, it doesn’t matter because the dectypter unlocks your files but it leaves the ransomware intact. This means that Digisom can re-encrypt your data hours after decryption.
Are you going to pay the hackers $200 for a second time? You do know that the money you give them is used for nothing but more malware creation. Not to mention that by paying, you are jeopardizing your private information as well. Your situation is as bad as it gets. Don’t make it worse. Forget about paying. Forget about dealing with crooks as there is no scenario in which you come out as a winner. Instead, use our removal guide below. It is completely free of charge and it will help you get rid of Digisom once and for all.
Digisom Ransomware Removal
Method 1: Restore your encrypted files using ShadowExplorer
Usually, Digisom Ransomware deletes all shadow copies, stored in your computer. Luckily, the ransomware is not always able to delete the shadow copies. So your first try should be restoring the original files from shadow copies.
- Download ShadowExplorer from this link: http://www.shadowexplorer.com/downloads.html.
- Install ShadowExplorer
- Open ShadowExplorer and select C: drive on the left panel
- Choose at least a month ago date from the date field
- Navigate to the folder with encrypted files
- Right-click on the encrypted file
- Select “Export” and choose a destination for the original file
Method 2: Restore your encrypted files by using System Restore
- Go to Start –> All programs –> Accessories –> System tools –> System restore
- Click “Next“
- Choose a restore point, at least a month ago
- Click “Next“
- Choose Disk C: (should be selected by default)
- Click “Next“. Wait for a few minutes and the restore should be done.
Method 3: Restore your files using File Recovery Software
If none of the above method works, you should try to recover encrypted files by using File Recovery Software. Since Digisom Ransomware first makes a copy of the original file, then encrypts it and deletes the original one, you can successfully restore the original, using a File Recovery Software. Here are a few free File Recovery Software programs: