Fantom is a ransomware what can easily infect any system and destroy almost all important data on the computer. This virus imitates the Windows update process while encrypts files, so you never find out when exactly your system was infected and encrypted. After this virus encrypt your computer all your files will have “.fantom” extension and you can’t use it no longer. For example you image.png will have image.png.fantom extension. Also, you will notice “DECRYPT_YOUR_FILES.html” file in every folder where you find instruction how to decrypt your files for money. After this encryptor dine with your system you will see the new wallpaper on your desktop:
Most of such ransomware identical – they encrypt files and make ransom demands. Most ransomware uses an asymmetric encryption, so the only noticeable difference between them is the size of the virus. Cyber criminals often transfer these viruses via peer-to-peer networks (for example Torrent), spam emails (malicious attachments), fake software update tools (that exploit software bugs/flaws to infect the system), and trojans. You should download your chosen files or software from trusted sources like official download websites, using a direct download link – other third party downloaders and installers often bundle malicious apps. Always be cautious when opening files sent from unrecognized or suspicious email addresses. Keeping your installed applications up-to-date and using a legitimate anti-virus programs is also very important. When a user open file DECRYPT_YOUR_FILES.html you will see information about how to get your key to encrypt your files. User forced to write to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org that are probably the developers of the Fantom Ransomware. However, you should avoid contact with email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org because you are not likely to get a decription and will lose hundreds of dollars:
The Fantom Ransomware is known to target standard and widely used data containers like:
.3GP, .7Z, .APK, .AVI, .BMP, .CDR, .CER, .CHM, CONF, .CSS, .CSV, .DAT, .DB, .DBF, .DJVU, .DBX, .DOCM, ,DOC, .EPUB, .DOCX .FB2, .FLV, .GIF, .GZ, .ISO .IBOOKS,.JPEG, .JPG, .KEY, .MDB .MD2, .MDF, .MHT, .MOBI .MHTM, .MKV, .MOV, .MP3, .MP4, .MPG .MPEG, .PICT, .PDF, .PPS, .PKG, .PNG, .PPT .PPTX, .PPSX, .PSD, .RAR, .RTF, .SCR, .SWF, .SAV, .TIFF, .TIF, .TBL, .TORRENT, .TXT, .VSD,.WMV, .XLS, .XLSX, .XPS, .XML, .CKP, ZIP, .JAVA, .PY, .ASM, .C, .CPP, .CS, .JS, .PHP, .DACPAC, .RBW, .RB, .MRG, .DCX, .DB3, .SQL, .SQLITE3, .SQLITE, .SQLITEDB, .PSD, .PSP, .PDB, .DXF, .DWG, .DRW, .CASB, .CCP, .CAL, .CMX, .CR2.
How to prevent Fantom and other ransomware viruses:
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