What is Ransomware? Ransomware is another ransomware infection that you need to remove ASAP. This program works like most of the other infections of the same category. It means that there is always a chance that you will not be able to restore the encrypted files.

If you do not have a file backup, you should look for other file recovery options. Also, you have to remove Ransomware from your system, so check out the manual removal instructions at the bottom of this entry. They are quite lengthy, so if you do not want to do it on your own, get yourself a licensed antispyware tool.testtest

Where does Ransomware come from?

Our research team says that Ransomware is a new version of the Crysis or Dharma Ransomware infection. It means that either someone used the old code to create a new infection, or the developers of the Crysis Ransomware tweaked the initial code and re-released the threat into the wild.

Back in the days, when we used to deal with rogue antispyware programs most of the time, the fact that a program came from some infection family meant that we could apply the same fix to several programs. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work for ransomware. Although some programs can often be quite similar, they usually need unique decryption keys that only the criminals have. To make sure whether there are no public decryption tool available, be sure to search the web for it.

Here, on the other hand, we are more concerned about ransomware distribution and how to prevent the likes of Ransomware from entering your system. We believe that this program spreads through phishing emails. Spam and phishing emails often become vehicles for ransomware distribution. Ransomware installers tend to be disguised as regular document files. What’s more, these emails often come with an urgent message that basically pushes users into opening those files.

How can you resist that? Simply ask yourself: Did you really expect to receive that email? Were you looking forward to it? Do you know the sender? If the message seems absolutely random, if it sounds like a call for action, it’s probably a spam email. What’s more, the ransomware installer files often require you to “enable content” so that you could view the documents, but by enabling that content, you actually infect your system with Ransomware (or any other ransomware program for that matter).

What does Ransomware do?

To put it simply, this ransomware encrypts personal files. Like most of the other ransomware apps, it also adds an extension to the affected filenames. For example, if a dog.jpeg file gets encrypted, after the encryption, the filename looks like that:[].BSC. This extension works like a stamp that shows your files have been scrambled by this infection. It is a signature act by almost every other ransomware infection out there.

Once the encryption is complete, Ransomware clearly displays the ransom note. The ransom note pops up in another window on your screen, and it says the following:

YOUR SECRET KEY WILL BE STORED ON A SERVER FOR 7 DAYS, AFTER 7 DAYS IT MAY BE OVERWRITTEN BY OTHER KEYS, DON’T PULL TIME, WAITING YOUR EMAIL Ransomware doesn’t say anything about how much you are expected to pay for this decryption key. Also, please note that the ID may differ from one infected computer to the other.

How do I remove Ransomware?

It goes without saying that paying the ransom is not an option. You shouldn’t even consider doing it. Of course, the situation might seem dire, especially if you do not have your files backed up, but you have to bear in mind that there is no guarantee these criminals would issue the decryption key even if you do transfer the payment.

Hence, the sooner you remove Ransomware from your system, the better. As mentioned, the manual removal is quite lengthy and tricky (it also depends on your operating system). So the best way to terminate this infection is by investing in a licensed security tool that would do the job for you.

Manual Ransomware Removal

  1. Press Win+E and Windows Explorer will open.
  2. Check the following directories and remove the Info.hta file:
    %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\Info.hta
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\Info.hta
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\Info.hta
  3. Press Win+R and type regedit. Click OK.
  4. Remove the values with the Info.hta file in its path from the following key:
  5. In the same key, find a random EXE file value and remove it.
  6. Delete the same random EXE file from the following directories:
    %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
  7. Scan your system with SpyHunter. 100% FREE spyware scan and
    tested removal of Ransomware*

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