About this malware

.bad files ransomware will do serious damage to your files as it’ll encrypt them. Ransomware is considered to be highly dangerous malicious software due to it encrypting data and easy infection. As soon as it launches, it will start its process of encryption. Users will find that photos, videos and documents will be targeted because of how essential they probably are to victims. A decryption key is necessary to unlock the files but only the criminals are to blame for this malware have it. If the ransomware can be cracked, researchers specializing in malicious software may be able to develop a free decryptor. Seeing as there are not many options available for you, this might be the best one you have.

You will notice a ransom note placed on your device after the ransomware finishes the encryption process. The ransom note will give information about what happened to your files, and hackers will demand that you pay money in order to recover your files. Buying the decryption utility is not advised due to a couple of factors. It isn’t that hard to imagine crooks simply taking your money and not providing a decryptor. They may guarantee you a decryption application but who will ensure they keep that promise. Also, if you do not wish to end up in this situation again, you have to have credible backup to store copies of your files. If copies of files have been made, you don’t have to worry about losing them and could just remove .bad files.

If you remember opening a strange email attachment or downloading some kind of update, that is how it might have gotten into your system. Spam emails and fake updates are one of the most widely used methods, which is why we are certain you got the malicious software via them.

How does ransomware spread

The most likely way you got the infection was via spam email or false software updates. If you remember opening an attachment that came attached to a spam email, you need to be more careful. Do not blindly open all attachments that land in your inbox, and first make sure it is safe. It is also pretty common for cyber crooks to pretend to be from popular companies, as a well-known company names would make people lower their guard. You might get an email with the sender saying to be from Amazon, notifying you about some kind of weird behavior on your account or a new purchase. You may make sure the sender is actually who they say they are without difficulty. Look up the company the sender says to be from, check their used email addresses and see if your sender’s is among them. It would also be advisable to scan the file attachment with a some kind of malware scanner to make sure it’s safe to open.

If it wasn’t spam email, false software updates might have been used. Every now and then, when you visit questionable websites false software update notifications could pop up, forcing you into installing something quite forcefully. Frequently, the false update notifications may appear in banner or advert form. For those that know how alerts about updates look, however, this will cause immediate doubt. Since downloading anything from advertisements is just asking for trouble, be cautious about where you download from. Take into account that if a program requires an update, the program will either automatically update or you will be notified through the application, and certainly not through your browser.

How does ransomware behave

If you are here, you’re probably already aware of what happened to your files that your files have been encrypted. When the contaminated file was opened, the ransomware started encrypting your files, which you may not have necessarily noticed. A certain file extension will show files that have been locked. Because of the complex encryption algorithm used, you won’t be able to open the affected files so easily. A ransom note will then appear, where crooks will say that your files have been encrypted, and how to go about restoring them. Typically, ransom notes look the same, they use intimidating language to scare victims, request payments and threaten to permanently eliminate files. Even if the cyber crooks have the decryptor, you won’t see many people recommending paying the ransom. What guarantee is there that you will be sent a decryption utility after you make a payment. If you pay now, criminals may think you would pay again, therefore may target you specifically again.

You might’ve stored some of your files one a storage device, cloud or social media, so try to remember before you even consider paying. We suggest you backup all of your encrypted files, for when or if specialists specializing in malware make a free decryptor. It’s important to uninstall .bad files from your system as soon as possible, whatever the case may be.

No matter if you can recover files this time, you need to begin doing routine backups from now on. Otherwise, you could end up in the same exact situation again, with file loss becoming a possibility. So as to keep your files secure, you will have to buy backup, and there are quite a few options available, some more pricey than others.

.bad files elimination

We do not encourage to attempt manual elimination, unless you’re an advanced user. Acquire and have malware removal program to take care of everything because otherwise, you may end up doing more harm. If malware removal program cannot be initiated, load your computer in Safe Mode. As soon as your device is in in Safe Mode, scan your device with anti-malware and delete .bad files. Anti-malware program will not help you with file decryption, however.

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Learn how to remove .bad files from your computer

Step 1. Delete .bad files via Safe Mode with Networking

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart. win7-restart Remove .bad files
  2. When it is restarting, start pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appear.
  3. Go down to Safe Mode with Networking. win7-safe-mode Remove .bad files
  4. Once your computer loads, open your browser and download anti-malware software.
  5. Use it to delete .bad files.

b) Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Click the power button from the Start menu, hold the key Shift and press Restart. win10-restart Remove .bad files
  2. Access Troubleshoot, select Advanced options and press Startup settings. win-10-startup Remove .bad files
  3. Go down to Enable Safe Mode and press Restart. win10-safe-mode Remove .bad files
  4. Once your browser loads, open your browser and download anti-malware software.
  5. Use it to delete .bad files.

Step 2. Delete .bad files via System Restore

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart win7-restart Remove .bad files.
  2. When it is restarting, start pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appear.
  3. Go down to Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win7-safe-mode Remove .bad files
  4. In Command Prompt, enter cd restore and press Enter.
  5. Then type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. win7-command-prompt Remove .bad files
  6. In the System Restore window that appears, click Next, select restore point, and press Next again.
  7. Press Yes.

b) Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Click the power button from the Start menu, hold the key Shift and press Restart. win10-restart Remove .bad files
  2. Access Troubleshoot, select Advanced options and press Command Prompt. win-10-startup Remove .bad files
  3. In Command Prompt, enter cd restore and press Enter.
  4. Then type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. win10-command-prompt Remove .bad files
  5. In the System Restore window that appears, click Next, select restore point, and press Next again.
  6. Press Yes.

Step 3. Recover your data

If ransomware has encrypted your files, it may be possible to recover them using one of the below mentioned methods. However, they will not always work, and the best way to ensure you do not lose your files is to have backup.

a) Method 1. Recover files via Data Recovery Pro

  1. Download Data Recovery Pro.
  2. Once it's installed, launch it and start a scan. data-recovery-pro Remove .bad files
  3. If the program is able to recover the files, you should be able to get them back. data-recovery-pro-scan Remove .bad files

b) Method 2. Recover files via Windows Previous Versions

If System Restore was enabled before you lost access to your files, you should be able to recover them via Windows Previous Versions.
  1. Find and right-click on the file you want to recover.
  2. Press Properties and then Previous Versions. win-previous-version Remove .bad files
  3. Select the version and press Restore.

c) Method 3. Recover files via Shadow Explorer

If the ransomware did not delete Shadow Copies of your files, you should be able to recover them via Shadow Explorer.
  1. Download Shadow Explorer from shadowexplorer.com.
  2. After you install it, open it.
  3. Select the disk with the encrypted files, choose a date.
  4. If folders that you want to recover appear, press Export. shadowexplorer Remove .bad files