Don’t pay the Ransom! AVG releases six free decryption tools to retrieve your files

June 24, 2016

AVG Virus Lab is dealing a blow to the bad guys. It is pleased to announce the release of six free decryption tools for recent ransomware strains. That means users can take back what’s theirs without paying a cent in ransom.

Malware analyst and яeverse engineer

Ransomware has proven very lucrative for criminals. Many have extended their “business” models by adding ransomware to their malicious catalog. To help prevent personal data and files being held hostage by cybercriminals, we have previously, advised on how to avoid ransomware infections, and what to do if your files have already been held to ransom. In that article, we stated that:

“Many ransomware families contain weaknesses in their encryption algorithm, which may lead to decrypting your files even without paying the ransom! It may take some time to spot and exploit such weaknesses, but in the meantime don’t delete your encrypted files; there may still be hope.”

And now there is hope. With our new tools, you should be able to recover your files without paying the ransom. Check them out, keep your money, and thumb your nose at the criminals.


Jakub Kroustek
June 24, 2016