If you cannot recognize your files because their names were replaced with random titles and they have the .EG83 extension, .
You most likely encountered a malicious application called EG83 Ransomware
Such threats are usually used for money extortion, which is why the malware creates ransom notes in every directory that contains encrypted files and replaces a victim’s desktop picture with an image that also shows a ransom note.
None of the messages say how much users would have to pay to get the tools needed for their files’ decryption.
Whatever the price might be, we advise not to pay it if you do not want to risk getting scammed.
To learn more about EG83 Ransomware like how it works
where it could come from, and how to erase it, we invite you to read the rest of this article.
Where does EG83 Ransomware come from
Specialists believe that EG83 Ransomware could enter systems via unsecured RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) connections.
Therefore, if, for instance, you are working from home and you have to use such connections, we recommend ensuring that they are well protected.
Also, specialists advise ensuring that your system has no other weaknesses, such as outdated software or weak passwords.
Besides, it would be a good idea to keep away from files that come from suspicious or unknown websites, pop-ups, ads, emails, and so on.
Another thing that might make it much easier for you to guard your computer against ransomware and other malicious applications is a legitimate antimalware tool.
Just make sure that you are always using the latest version and that your security tool is always enabled.
How does EG83 Ransomware work.
The malicious application is a file-encrypting threat so its primary task is to encrypt various data without being noticed.
To perform this task the malware ought to employ a robust encryption algorithm, so once it affects your data there might be no other way to restore it but to use decryption tools.
Such tools should be mentioned both on text documents called !EG83_INFO!.rtf and on your new desktop picture that the threat ought to set as soon as it is done with encrypting your data.
The text document may have more information, but both of the texts have the same message, which is that users can get unique decryption keys and decryption software only by paying ransom.
To convince users to pay, EG83 Ransomware’s messages may say that seeking help from third parties might only ruin encrypted files.
Hackers may also offer to decrypt a few small files to prove that they have all the needed decryption tools.
The problem is that while they can prove that they have the needed tools for decryption, you cannot know if you will receive them.
That is because cybercriminals ask to pay first and so the victim is supposed to wait and see if hackers will hold on to their promise.
Needless to say, there is a chance that they may do so.
If it happens, you might lose your money for nothing.
Naturally, if you do not want to take any chances, we advise not to pay ransom.
Users who have backup copies, for example, on removable media devices, could replace encrypted files with backup copies.
However, we advise checking if they did not get encrypted first as the malicious application might be able to infect other machines on local IP addresses if they have enabled file-sharing functionality.
How to erase EG83 Ransomware.
Whatever you decide to do about the hacker’s proposal, we advise not to keep the malware on your system as it might be able to infect other machines.
If you want to erase EG83 Ransomware manually
you could try the instructions placed below this paragraph.
For users who do not feel up to such a task, .
We advise getting a legitimate antimalware tool that would eliminate EG83 Ransomware
First, you should scan your system with the chosen tool.
To find the malware, we recommend doing a full system scan.
Once it is done, you should be allowed to erase all identified items including the ransomware’s data by pressing the antimalware tool’s displayed removal button.
Restart the computer in Safe Mode Windows 8/Windows 10 Click Windows key+I for Windows 8 or open Start menu for Windows 10.
Press the Power button.
Click and hold the Shift button
then press Restart.
Select Troubleshoot and choose Advanced Options
Navigate to Startup Settings and press Restart.
Press the F5 button to restart your computer.
Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7 Navigate to Start
select Shutdown options, and click Restart.
Press and hold the F8 button when the device starts restarting.
Choose Safe Mode with Networking.
Click Enter and log on to your device.
Delete EG83 Ransomware Press Windows key+E.
Navigate to these locations: %TEMP% %USERPROFILE%\Downloads %USERPROFILE%\Desktop Find a suspicious file that could be the malicious application’s launcher (it might be any recently created or downloaded file).
Right-click the malware’s launcher and select Delete
Delete files called !EG83_INFO!.rtf by right-clicking them separately
and selecting Delete.
Find this location: %APPDATA% Locate a randomly named .BMP file (e.g.
qLaXR92q.bmp, right-click it, and press Delete.
Exit the File Explorer.
Empty your Recycle Bin.
Restart the computer.