That may be true, but considering the number of tools and utilities security researchers have assembled already, searching for alternatives on the Internet before paying is worth a shot.
But whatever you do, don’t click the first decryptor link you find on the Internet. Make sure it comes from a trusted source, such as a reputable security company, a recognized forum (such as BleepingComputer), or a well-known researcher. Also, after the files are saved, run antimalware software repeatedly to ensure the ransomware has entirely been removed from the system.
Last but not least: Patch your software and operating system to protect against the infection coming back. Unpatched software is probably how that ransomware landed on your computer in the first place.
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