The Blackheart Ransomware (also known as the BlackRouter Ransomware) is a file encryption Trojan whose purpose is to corrupt the victim’s files and make them inaccessible. The authors of the BlackHeart Ransomware then offers a file recovery solution which, unsurprisingly, is not free and the victim will be asked to pay a hefty ransom sum in exchange for the decryption software. The amount of money that the BlackHeart Ransomware’s authors demand is set to 0.0234 BTC or approximately $200. Although the amount is not that significant, we would not advise victims of the BlackHeart Ransomware to accept that offer since there’s a significant chance that they will end up being tricked out of their money.
It is likely that the BlackHeart Ransomware is being distributed with the help of fake software downloads, corrupted e-mail attachments, pirated games, software and media. Naturally, the best way to keep yourself safe from threatening software is to avoid visiting Web pages, which are associated with the content mentioned above. In addition to this, you also should make sure that your PC is protected by a trustworthy anti-virus software suite. Unfortunately, if you fail to stop the BlackHeart Ransomware on time, then this threat will be able to cause significant damage to much of the data stored on your computer. This file-encryption Trojan targets a broad range of file formats such as documents, images, videos, archives, backups and others. Whenever a file is locked, the BlackHeart Ransomware will mark it by adding either the ‘.pay2me’ or ‘.BlackRouter’ extension to its name. The ransom note is stored in ‘ReadME-BLackHeart.txt,’ and it is usually delivered as soon as the file-encryption attack is completed successfully. In addition to the text-based ransom note, the victims of the BlackHeart Ransomware also might see a lock screen, which features art from the Star Wars franchise, hinting that the authors might be fans of the movies.
If your data was taken hostage by the BlackHeart Ransomware, then we suggest that you take the necessary steps to disrupt the harmful program by using a trustworthy anti-virus application immediately. After this step is complete, you should make sure to create a backup copy of the encrypted data, and then look into alternative file recovery software.