Last Warning: Upgrade Your Email To Avoid Shutting Down is a type of scam message that urges users to open a phishing website and enter their e-mail log-in credentials. The scam message claims it was sent by some e-mail administration team, which investigated your account and decided it has to be upgraded. For this, the letter says it is necessary to click on the "Continue Account Maintenance" button and log in on the redirected webpage with the user's e-mail and password. Unless this requirement is met, scammers promise to "shut down" or "block" the user's account.
Aamv is a new ransomware variant developed and published by a fraudulent group named Djvu. Being a file-encrypting virus, it blocks access to personal data by using secure encryption algorithms. This means that files stored on a PC will no longer be opened by users until they are decrypted. In order to show that all files have been put under a lock, developers append the new .aamv extension to each of the files. For instance, a file sample like
1.pdfwill change to
1.pdf.aamvand reset its icon eventually. After this part of encryption is finished, the virus creates a text note (_readme.txt) with ransom instructions.
If your files became no longer accessible and now appear with the new .MEOW extension, then you are most likely infected with Meow Ransomware (a.k.a. MeowCorp2022 Ransomware and ContiStolen Ransomware). This file-encryptor blocks access to practically all types of system-stored data using the ChaCha20 algorithm and demands victims to establish contact with its developers (presumably to pay for decryption). In addition, it was also determined that this ransomware works on code stolen from another popular file-encryptor named Conti-2 Ransomware. Information about contacting swindlers can be found inside a text note called readme.txt, which the virus drops into each folder with encrypted files.
Loplup is a file-encrypting virus that was determined to be part of the ZEPPELIN ransomware family. While restricting access to system-stored data, it renames attacked files by adding the custom
.loplup.[victim's_ID]extension. This means a file previously called
1.pdfwill change to something like
1.pdf.loplup.312-A1A-FD7. Note that the victim's ID is variable so it can be different in your case. Following successful encryption of data, Loplup creates a text file (!!! ALL YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED !!!.TXT) that contains decryption guidelines.
This article contains information about Aawt Ransomware version of STOP Ransomware that adds .aawt extensions to encrypted files, and creates ransom note files on the desktop and in the folders with affected files. Aawt Ransomware is actively distributed in the following countries: USA, Canada, Spain, Mexico, Turkey, Egypt, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Indonesia, Thailand. This variation first appeared in September 2022 and is almost identical to the previous dozens of variations. Ransomware virus still uses AES encryption algorithm and still demands a ransom in Bitcoin for decryption.
If you tried to run the WSReset.exe tool for restoring your Windows Store, there is a chance you received an error message with the following text - "ms-windows-store:PurgeCaches. The app didn’t start.". When running the previously-mentioned utility, Windows uses the ms-windows-store:PurgeCaches feature to get rid of locally stored cache accumulated in Windows Store folders. The reason why it results in failure is usually that there is a lack of certain permissions on the operating account. Below, we are going to show you what can be done in order to fix this issue and also show some methods to restore your Windows Store differently.