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Researchers at Kaspersky discovered this ransomware in December 2016. Surprise is a variant of CryptoMix, which is a very common ransomware family. It is programmed to encrypt certain types of files on an infected computer and then demand a ransom be paid in order to decrypt the files. Kaspersky’s research shows that it primarily targets users in Brazil, but it has also been seen in other countries as well.


If you are unfortunate enough to have your computer infected with ransomware, you will know it right away, as your files will be encrypted and you will see a ransom note appear on your screen. The ransom note will give you instructions on how to pay the ransom and decrypt your files. In most cases, the ransom must be paid in Bitcoin, although some variants of this ransomware will accept other types of cryptocurrency. The amount of the ransom varies but is typically around 1 Bitcoin, which is currently worth approximately $9000.


Paying the ransom is never a guaranteed way to get your files back, and in fact, it is generally not recommended. This is because there is no guarantee that the attackers will actually decrypt your files after you have paid the ransom. Moreover, by paying the ransom, you are supporting the ransomware industry and helping to finance future attacks.


You can achieve protection from Surprise and other ransomware through the use of a reliable anti-malware program as well as good computer security habits. Be sure to keep your anti-malware program up-to-date and scan your computer regularly. Additionally, be cautious about the emails and attachments you open as well as the websites you visit, as these are common ways for ransomware to infect computers. You should have a backup of your important files so that you can restore them. Also, you should use strong passwords for all of your online accounts to help prevent attackers from gaining access to your computers and devices.

What types of files does Surprise encrypt?

This malware primarily targets certain types of files for encryption, including documents, images, and videos. These are all file types that are commonly used and are often considered to be important by users. As a result, it can cause a lot of damage by encrypting these types of files. In some cases, it will also encrypt other types of files, such as music or database files. However, this is not as common.


After it encrypts a file, Surprise will add the “.surprise” extension to the end of the filename. For example, a file named “sample.jpg” would be renamed to “sample.jpg.surprise.” This ransomware will also create a text file named “SURPRISE-README.txt” in each folder that contains encrypted files. This text file contains the ransom note.

What can I do if it has infected my computer?

First of all, you should remove Surprise from your computer to prevent it from encrypting any more of your files. You can do this with the help of a reliable anti-malware program.


Restore your files from a backup if you have one.


If you do not have a backup, you may be able to use a data recovery program to recover some of your files. In this case, SalvageData data recovery software is recommended, as it has been known to work with this particular ransomware.

Is there a public decryption tool available?

At this time, there is no known public decryption tool available for Surprise Ransomware.


This means that if the ransomware has encrypted your files, your best bet is to contact a data recovery service.


SalvageData Recovery Services is a reputable data recovery service that has experience with Surprise and other ransomware.

We offer a free consultation to help you assess the situation and see if we can recover your files. Also, SalvageData has a no-recovery, no-fee policy, which means that you will only pay if we are able to successfully decrypt your files.

Do not hesitate, feel free to contact us today for more information.

Call us now at 1-800-972-3282.



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