Remove Ransomware, Decrypt Files for Free with avast! Ransomware Removal
Article by George Norman
On 18 Jun 2014
avast! Ransomware Removal, a free app for Android-powered mobile devices, will detect and remove ransomware; it will also unlock the files encrypted by said ransomware.

It can remove Simplocker, a new mobile Trojan discovered on an underground Russian forum by security researchers at ESET. Simplocker, as ESET explained, is the first uncovered file-encrypting ransomware for Android.


Ransomware works something like this: malware infects a device, encrypts files, and then asks the user to pay to gain access to those files. It basically takes your files hostage and asks for a ransom to set them free. Until now, only Windows users had to worry about ransomware locking their files and asking for their hard earned money. Nowadays, Android users need to worry about ransomware too.

Earlier this month, the first ransomware that targets Android devices has been uncovered. The ransomware was uncovered on an underground Russian forum by security company ESET, who named it Simplocker. If it successfully infects an Android device, Simplocker encrypts files stored in the device’s memory card and displays a message that demands payment from the user.

A means of detecting, removing, and protecting your Android from the Simplocker ransomware has been made public by security company AVAST Software.

get avast! Ransomware Removal, available for free on the Play Store, and you can scan your Android to make sure it is not infected and to prevent a future infection. If the app finds ransomware on your Android, it will remove it. And if the ransomware encrypted files stored on your Android, the app will unlock them.

“The ransomware problem is growing like hell – and it’s no longer just threatening users – the new versions actually do encrypt your files,” said Ondrej Vlcek, Chief Operating Officer at AVAST Software.

“SimplLocker blocks access to files contained on mobile devices. Without our free ransomware-removal tool, infected users have to pay $21 to regain access to their personal files,” said Vlcek. “SimplLocker is the first ransomware that actually encrypts these files, so we developed a free tool for people to restore them.”

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