The File Extensions Database


.PAYS File Extension

  • Developer by: Michael Gillespie
  • Category: Ransomware encrypted Files

What is an .PAYS file?

.PAYS is Jigsaw Ransomware affected file

The pays file extension is mainly associated with  one of the latest variant of ransomware Jigsaw.

Much like other similar ransomware files, it encrypts users files and demands ransom to be paid in bitcoins.


How to open:

You can use special decryptor software from Michale Gillespie to decrypt Jigsaw encrypted archives.

How to convert:

Once you have decrypted the affected files, you can convert the content.

How to solve problems with PAYS files

  • Associate the PAYS file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any PAYS file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.PAYS files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the PAYS file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .PAYS is Jigsaw Ransomware affected file. Because only the current version supports the latest PAYS file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Michael Gillespie manufacturer website after an available .PAYS is Jigsaw Ransomware affected file update.
  • To make sure that your PAYS file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.