The activity of the STOP Ransomware has spiked in 2019 and, sadly, the number of file-lockers based on this project appears to be increasing as the days go by rapidly. The Godes Ransomware is the next name to be added to the list of members of the STOP Ransomware family, and just like the others, it also is not compatible with any free decryption software.
Another Annoying File-Locker Threatens Your Files
The criminals behind the Godes Ransomware may opt to use various social engineering tricks and disguises to deliver their malevolent program to potential victims – email attachments, fake downloads, social media, pirated media and software, game cracks, etc. The three things to consider when it comes to ransomware protection are the following:
- Do not download shady files or files from questionable sources.
- Use an anti-virus tool at all times.
- Maintain up-to-date backup copies of your data.
Following these three simple tips should be more than enough to keep you safe from the Godes Ransomware’s attacks. If the attack is not prevented successfully, the file-locker may encrypt a large portion of the victim’s files, and add the ‘.godes’ extension to their name. In addition to the lost files, the victim also will find a text-file ‘_readme.txt’ which contains a concise message provided by the perpetrators. They may use the emails [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], or st[email protected] for contact. Of course, the attackers are after the victim’s money, and they will ask to receive a ransom fee via Bitcoin.
The removal of the Godes Ransomware is not enough to erase all traces of its existence – victims will still need to find a way to get their files back. Unfortunately, there is not a free tool guaranteed to take care of this task. Our advice is to try alternative data recovery options or to restore your files from a recent backup copy.