New Fraudulent GarrantyDecrypt Ransomware Variant Illegally Using the SpyHunter 5 App Name

Variation of GarrantyDecrypt ransomware attempts to extort computer users and masquerade as the legitimate SpyHunter 5 anti-malware application.
DUBLIN - April 11, 2019 - PRLog -- A new ransomware is deceiving users by illegally pretending to be a SpyHunter 5 Anti-Malware product. On April 11, 2019, a G DATA malware analyst posted on the G Data company blog the article titled "GarrantyDecrypt Ransomware Poses as EnigmaSoft's SpyHunter." The posting specifies the fraudulent labeling of GarrantyDecrypt Ransomware as SpyHunter 5 and the false use of EnigmaSoft's legally protected trademark name – and stated that the unlawful new ransomware message "reads like a mockery," further proving that the ransomware developers were trying to mislead users via this cyber scam. In the past, EnigmaSoft has seen malware developers and hackers attempt to hurt or attack the SpyHunter 5 app precisely because SpyHunter 5 is such a powerful advanced tool for combating malware and other malicious programs.

The ransomware found to be the culprit in making a fraudulent version of EnigmaSoft's legitimate SpyHunter 5 application is a variant of GarrantyDecrypt which is a known ransomware that utilizes advanced methods to attack infected systems, ultimately making demands to the victimized computer user through a ransom note.

The many false claims made by the GarrantyDecrypt ransomware variant's ransom note are an indication of how outlandish hackers have become. Hackers have leveraged the use of legitimate companies and applications in the past, forcing companies to release clarifications to protect users and their apps. The coercion of malicious scams is a common practice among hackers who seek to leverage legitimate entities to peddle the hackers' malevolent agenda.

In its efforts to help PC users protect their computers from emerging malware and assist with the removal of malicious threats, EnigmaSoft will continue to call out all malware that makes a mockery of or illegally uses or leverages its legitimate SpyHunter 5 anti-malware application in any way.

SpyHunter 5 is a leading adaptive malware remediation app from EnigmaSoft Limited that protects users by delivering advanced anti-rootkit technology, customized malware fixes, 24/7 technical support and other powerful features to help users stay malware free. SpyHunter 5 has scored 100% effectiveness in identifying, removing, and remediating malware in independent testing by AV-TEST. SpyHunter 5 has also earned the highly respected Certification of AppEsteem, which required that SpyHunter 5 satisfy 125+ rigorous criteria based on consumer protection principles. SpyHunter 5 has further received the Checkmark Certification and is TRUSTe Verified as a TRUSTED DOWNLOAD Program. To learn more about the genuine SpyHunter 5 and EnigmaSoft Limited, visit

About EnigmaSoft Limited

EnigmaSoft Limited is a privately held Irish company with offices and global headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. EnigmaSoft is best known for developing and distributing SpyHunter 5 (, a software utility which detects, blocks, and removes stubborn malware threats on personal computers, with an exclusive 24/7 Helpdesk support service. It also enhances Internet privacy and works to help eliminate security threats – addressing issues such as malware, ransomware, trojans, potentially unwanted programs and malicious security threats affecting millions of PC users on the web.
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