After Jigsaw encrypts your files, it will give you 24 hours to figure out how to purchase 0 worth of Bitcoin and send it to a specified address.
Other ransomware strains have tried to coerce victims into paying up by jacking up the ransom amount more and more as time passes.
films and the damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t situations the victims found themselves in, we now have Jigsaw ransomware.
The ransom note screen even includes the familiar, creepy face of Billy.
Follow their instructions closely, and you’ll be able to restore all your files without caving in to the bad guys.
Once you’ve got your files back: get those backups sorted out!
The helpful users at Bleeping Computer have some good news, though.
They’ve already figured out how to undo the damage from a Jigsaw infection, and they’ve released a free tool that can decrypt your files.
It’s a terrible situation to find yourself in, especially if you don’t have good backups to restore.
And maybe consider installing some additional security, like the anti-ransomware apps from Bit Defender or Malwarebytes.