Elbie Ransomware Encrypted File
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What is an ELBIE file?
In August 2023, some users began reporting that their computers had been infected by Elbie ransomware. Elbie is a variant of Phobos ransomware, which encrypts a user's files and renames them in the following format (or a similar variant):
The email address specified in each ELBIE file's extension is the ransomware distributor's contact email. Victims of Elbie ransomware are meant to contact the ransomware distributor at this address, to pay the ransom specified in Elbie's ransom note (and supposedly gain the ability to recover their files).
How did my computer get infected by Elbie ransomware?
Cybercriminals most often distribute Elbie ransomware via malicious email attachments. When a user opens one of these email attachments, it allows Elbie to infect their computer and encrypt their files.
How to open an ELBIE file
Because ELBIE files are encrypted, you cannot open them. At this time, there is no way to decrypt ELBIE files. The best way to restore files encrypted by Elbie ransomware is to retrieve them from a recent backup or perform a System Restore.
FileInfo.com recommends you never pay a ransom to decrypt files encrypted by ransomware. Paying a ransom encourages ransomware distributors to continue their efforts, and there is no guarantee that paying a ransom will give you access to your files. Instead, you should restore your data from a recent backup created before the ransomware infected your computer.