I'm writing out of desperation. I have an old PC that is infected with CryptoWall 2.0. I have no idea how long it has been on there. After doing much research, I just want to confirm- there is absolutely no way to restore or decrypt the files? I don't have an option to restore the files to an earlier version as it's on XP and I don't see that listed under properties.
I have tons of my daughter's baby and early photos, with no back up (I had them on an external HD that failed and before I could transfer them to a new one this CryptoWall stuff happened). I'm in tears as none of the photos will open.
Is my only option to pay the ransom, and if I do, will I definitely get the key to decrypt the files? Has anyone actually done this with success?