What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that prevents the user from using their computer or online service unless they pay money to the attackers. It can also be used to extort money from an individual or a business. Ransomware is often referred to as "ransomware" because it typically demands ransom payments in order for users to regain access to their computer or online service.
The user's files may be encrypted and are rendered unusable, or the encryption may only affect specific files which may include videos, pictures, documents, etc., but not data stored in databases. Cyber criminals will then typically provide decryption tools after the ransom has been paid so that file-sharing services like WhatsApp and Gmail can be restored with original copies of the encrypted files.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware is often delivered via online service providers to which the victim subscribes, as a result of visiting malicious websites or the use of an infected USB drive. Cyber criminals also deploy ransomware on local networks by exploiting large sets of vulnerabilities in popular operating systems and applications.
The user's files are encrypted and cannot be opened until a payment is made to the attacker, often in the form of bitcoin; after which decryption tools are provided so that file-sharing services such as WhatsApp can be restored with original copies of encrypted files.
How Does Babyk Ransomware Work?
Babyk Ransomware is an innovative ransomware variant that "baby-kicks" people into paying the ransom amount to allow their encrypted files to be decrypted. Babyk's unique baby-kick technique allows Baby-Kicking users to pay the ransom, without having to decrypt all of their files, in order for them to regain access. Baby-Kicking users are allowed a limited window where they can "Baby Kick" back Baby-Kicking criminals and pay for their decryption.
How to Remove Babyk Ransomware
To remove Babyk Ransomware, we must first navigate to our Windows registry editor. We can do this by clicking the Start button on the bottom left of your screen and typing "Regedit", then opening up the registry editor. One of the easiest ways to find these malicious ransomware files is by filtering through our Windows registry search bar which is located under "Edit" menu then scrolling down until you see "Search for values in this key" and typing in:
Next, we must locate Baby-Kicking's BlackBabyKicks file as it is a folder that holds all of its malicious contents when you open it, so by navigating to it from the registry we can easily see all of the infected files.
Once we find BlackBabyKicks, we must delete all of its contents, including folder contents and its associated files, which are located inside its "BlackBabyKicks" folder. We can do this very easily by using our Windows deletion tool. Go to the Start Menu>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Delete a File
Once you are in deletion mode, choose you delete a file or you want to delete a folder from your computer's hard drive. Then navigate to your BlackBabyKicks file we deleted earlier and choose "Delete Folder". Once this is complete, you will no longer have Babyk Ransomware installed.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
There are two ways to protect your computer against ransomware, one of which is prevention. Prevention methods can include having a secure operating system and using up-to-date software that prevents hackers from using vulnerabilities in software. This type of prevention has shown to be successful in making the target computer free from infections. Another way to prevent ransomware on your computer is by having the latest patches installed on your operating system as well as running your antivirus software and keeping it updated at all times.
In the event that you encounter any forms of ransomware that have infected your Windows computer, you must first "harden" or "harden" against such threats by completely removing any associated letters including ones used by people who have been victimized from their computers.