What is DATAF LOCKER ransomware?
DATAF LOCKER is a malevolent program classified as ransomware. It performs a specific set of actions with the aim of holding the victim’s files for ransom (hence, ransomware).
The first, and the most essential, step that any ransomware program performs is file encryption. By utilizing cryptographic algorithms, these viruses encrypt all user data on the computer: pictures, videos, text documents, etc. These files are “locked” in the sense that it is not possible to view or edit them. To return them to their original state, they must be decrypted first.
During the second step, the program renames the files that were encrypted. Although not necessary, most ransomware programs do it to signal that something is wrong to the victim. In DATAF LOCKER’s case, the affected files are given .dataf file extension.
The last step is the creation of a ransom note, which is essential as well. Since any ransomware program exists to generate money, it needs to communicate its demands to the victim. DATAF’s ransom note can be read on the image above.
Whether to pay the hacker or not is a personal decision, but paying is associated with many risks and generally not recommended. Our guide presents an alternative: a way to remove DATAF LOCKER ransomware and decrypt .dataf files without having to contact the criminal at all.