WannaCry Ransomware new dangerous encrypting virus, that targets sensitive user files like documents, photos, videos, music and infected more then 250000 machines worldwide. Unfortunately, currently there are no way to restore your files, but there is no point to pay the ransom either, as malefactors never send the key. Threat developers earned more the $50000 in a few days since several hundreds of users paid the demanded amount. There is no information whether they received decryption service or not.
Matrix is another ransomware-type malware, that can encrypt user documents, photos, music, video, archives and other types of personal files. Virus adds “.matrix” extension to all encrypted files. It also creates matrix-readme.rtf or Readme-Matrix.rtf files with message in Russian and English with instructions to pay the ransom. Developers of Matrix ransomware offers to contact them using following e-mail addresses: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and demand ransom of about $500 – $1500.
Spora Ransomware is file encryption virus possibly originating in Russia. It encrypts user files, documents, photos, videos using RSA encryption. Spora does not rename encrypted files. During the process virus generates private key, that, in turn, encrypted with AES encryption. Spora Ransomware is complex infection and certain efforts needed to break it encryption. Currently antivirus companies are unable to find decryption key, and the only way to restore files infected by Spora is backup.
ScanGuard is bogus security application, that uses unethical methods for distribution and monetization. It is not considered virus, but potentially unwanted application. It looks like modern security program, but does not provide trial version and shows security alerts, demanding payment for removal. In addition to that it installs search.scanguard.com (or ScanGuard Smart Search) as default search engine and homepage in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Dharma virus is new variation of Crysis ransomware, and it uses asymmetric cryptography to encrypt user files (documents, music, photos, game files). If you see, that your filenames end on .dharma, .wallet, .zzzzz, .xtbl there is a great possibility you are infected with Dharma Ransomware.