Remove OFF Ransomware
File-locker attacks are incredibly dangerous because of their ability to lock users out of their files. Threats like the OFF Ransomware need just a few minutes to devastate your file system, using a strong file-encryption attack to prevent you from accessing your files. This ransomware is a variant of the Dharma family of file-encryption Trojans. Unfortunately, this is not good news – reversing the encryption is not possible. The only way to undo the damage is to run a specialized decryptor paired with the decryption keys that the OFF Ransomware generated during the attack. However, this information is stored on the servers of the attackers, and there is no way to retrieve it without their help. Recent Dharma variant to be released in the wild is the Pcs Ransomware.
Yet Another Uncrackable Variant of the Dharma Ransomware
Of course, the plans of OFF Ransomware's creators are not surprising. After encrypting the contents of your hard drive, they will drop off a ransom note extorting you for money. According to the message, the locked files are recognizable by the extension '.id-<VICTIM ID>.[email@example.com].OFF.' The full instructions are found in the file 'FILES ENCRYPTED.txt,' which is usually dropped off after the attack is complete.
The payload of the OFF Ransomware may be spread with the use of various tricks. Sometimes it might be hidden in a pirated download, while in other cases it may be disguised as an email attachment. We advise our readers to stay away from shady files and websites, as well as to consider installing a reputable antivirus software suite.
The criminals behind the OFF Ransomware attack ask to receive the money via Bitcoin, a popular way to protect their identities. You should, however, never agree to pay. There is no guarantee that OFF Ransomware's authors will fulfill their part of the deal – the risk of getting scammed is too high. Instead of trusting them, you should run an anti-malware tool to dispose of the ransomware safely. Once the threat is gone, you can experiment with alternative data recovery tools and options.