HHJK Ransomware Joins the STOP/Djvu Ransomware Family
HHJK Ransomware is another infection that is part of the STOP/Djvu Ransomware family. Like its predecessors, it was discovered locking files and demanding a ransom fee to restore file access. If you tend to install applications from misleading and/or potentially unreliable third-party sites, you may end up accidentally installing threats like HHJK Ransomware on your computer.
HHJK Ransomware can encrypt multiple file types, including photos, music, documents, and videos. HHJK Ransomware, upon file encryption, appends the .HHJK extension to encrypted files and leaves a ransom note named !README!.txt on the user’s desktop and in every folder containing affected files.
Unfortunately, the HHJK ransomware victims do not have access to a free decryption tool at the moment. The best way to get the encrypted files back is to restore them from a backup. If you do not have a file backup, research on the Web for a dependable data recovery service that might restore some of the encrypted files.
Although the hackers behind HHJK ransomware promise to provide a decryptor in exchange for payment, it is most likely that you may pay and never receive the decryption tool with the key. Thus, it is strongly recommended that you refrain from paying these cybercriminals.
In terms of distribution, HHJK Ransomware spreads similarly to many other ransomware variants. It generally comes via malicious spam email attachments, malware-laced websites, and peer-to-peer websites full of malware-infested illegal software. Once access to the victim’s system is achieved, the ransomware encrypts important files and then demands a ransom in exchange for the decryption key. The decryption cost is $980, but the hackers offer a 50% discount if contact is established within the first 72 hours after infection.
How Do I Deal With a HHJK Ransomware Attack?
To protect yourself from a HHJK Ransomware attack, you should have a reputable malware remediation tool installed on your computer. That way, you can constantly scan for elements associated with this troublesome ransomware infection, as well as other malware.