I was hit with the virus a couple of days ago. I cleared it out using the tutorial on this site (and thank you for that) and saved a lot of my data, but it took a lot of family photos I can't get back. Paying the money is not an option as I just don't have it. The files were located on a secondary hard drive which didn't contain the shadow file.
I understand that this is most likely a lost cause, but I have to ask and try to find a solution. I understand RSA encryption for the most part, and that it is almost impossible to break with current technology. My question is should I lose hope about my files as I now hope that one day technology will be possible to break the encryption. I'm hoping in the next few years as earlier encryption types were found to have flaws.
Another thing is that I took them up on the offer of decoding one file that they had in the ransom page. Can this file and the encryption be compared to find the decryption key? It would have to be done by someone more knowledgeable than myself, but I wonder if that is a reason to hold out on hope?