There is a new ransomware on the loose, called Jigsaw. The Jigsaw ransomware is themed on the movie series ‘Saw’ and not only it encrypts your files, but also deletes them if you take too long to make the ransom payment of $150 USD. The Jigsaw Ransomware will delete files every hour and in 72 hours it will delete all the files. If you restart your computer, around 1,000 of the encrypted files will be deleted from your disk drives.
The virus can be spread in multiple ways. One of them is through spam emails which have a malicious file attached. Opening this attachment can inject the malware inside your computer. The file can be with the name firefox.exe trying to trick you it’s the famous web browser Mozilla Firefox.
The Jigsaw ransomware could also be spread on social networks and file sharing services. Social media and file sharing sites can also have malicious code or files attached. Visiting untrusted websites and clicking on such links is another way of getting this malware infection.
How to recover files and remove Jigsaw ransomware
Fortunately, in the case of Jigsaw ransomware, there is a solution from BleepingComputer.com to decrypt files encrypted by the malware without victims having to pay the ransom.
If you would like instructions for removing the Jigsaw ransomware and decrypting locked files for free, head over to BleepingComputer’s post on the new Jigsaw ransomware and follow the there for restoring your encrypted files.