The ‘.twist File Extension’ Ransomware is a relatively unknown file-encryption Trojan, which has managed to encrypt the files of several victims already. However, we are not certain whether this ransomware is related to any previously known ransomware family so that there’s a chance that it might be an entirely new threat. This file locker does not appear to have any distinctive features, but its core functionality is enough to guarantee that its victims will be left in a very dire situation where the majority of their data will be impossible to access or restore.
When the ‘.twist File Extension’ Ransomware is executed on an unprotected computer, it will proceed to scan the local hard drives and begin the file encryption process silently. Naturally, the threat does not encrypt all files and, instead, the ‘.twist File Extension’ Ransomware has been programmed to look for specific file formats – documents, spreadsheets, presentations, archives, backups, music, videos, pictures and other media. It is not uncommon for threats like the ‘.twist File Extension’ Ransomware to target these particular file formats, because they are most likely to contain data that the victim would want to recover at any cost.
The ‘.twist File Extension’ Ransomware’s attack can be recognized easily by taking a close look at the names of the encrypted and inaccessible files – this threat will append the ‘.twist’ extension to their names. Naturally, the attackers have a reason to use a file locker – they want to receive a ransom fee to provide a decryption software that can help victims to recover their files. Their demands can be found in the file ‘How_Decrypt_Files.txt,’ which will be created as soon as the attack is complete. However, the ransom note is rather concise, and it does not reveal anything important apart from the victim ID and the e-mail address the attackers prefer to use for contact:
All your files have been encrypted !
If you want restore your files write on email – [email protected]
In the subject write – id-[redacted hex]’
We advise victims of the ‘.twist File Extension’ Ransomware to refrain from contacting the threat’s authors. They do not offer any guarantee that they own a working decryption utility, and have not specified the amount of money they demand. Paying them any money might put you in a situation where you will lose both your files and your money, and you also should keep in mind that the funds from the ransom payments are likely to be used to develop more threats.
The removal of the ‘.twist File Extension’ Ransomware is a task that should be completed with the help of a trustworthy anti-virus software suite since this is the most efficient way to ensure that all of the threat’s files will be eliminated. Unfortunately, the removal of the unsafe files will not undo the damage caused to the victims’ data, and they might need to look for alternative file recovery techniques.