What is Ransomware? Ransomware seems to be a newer variant of a malicious file-encrypting program called Apocalypse Ransomware. Same as the older version the malware uses a strong cryptosystem called RSA; thus, all its affected files should become unusable. To recover the damaged data the infection’s creators might offer you a decryption tool. Needless to say, involving yourself with such people could be perilous since they will definitely try to extort money from you and there are no guarantees they will keep up to their promises. Therefore, our researchers at advice erasing Ransomware with the instructions for manual removal placed below or with legitimate antimalware software. As for other details about the threat we encourage you to read the whole article.

How does Ransomware work?

After entering the system, the malware should start encrypting files located on the infected computer and perhaps even on attached removable media devices. It is possible Ransomware could target same data as its older version. In such case, the threat should encipher all files except the ones belonging to the operating system or data that has the following extensions: .dat, .bat, .bin, .encrypted, .sys, .dll, .exe, .ini, .tmp, .lnk, .com, and .msi. Files that are encrypted should be marked with a unique additional extension. This extension should consist of three parts: unique user ID, particular email address, and random 14 characters. For example, an affected text document would look like file.txt.ID-ABB621C9DE[].nlarakcaasa1bb and so on.

Right after Ransomware finished the encryption process it should drop a ransom note called *md5*.txt. Inside of it, there might be a message urging to contact the cyber criminals to get the decryption tool. Obviously, these people are not planning on giving up the decryptor without anything in exchange, if they plan on delivering it at all. Ransomware is created for a single purpose, and that is to extort money from victims who get their devices infected. Sadly, people creating such threats cannot be trusted as there are cases when users pay the ransom but are still left without the decryption tool. If you do not want to risk being tricked either, we advise you to remove the infection. Provided you have any copies on cloud storage or removable media devices; you could easily recover damaged data. Just before you try to recover any files, you should make sure the malicious program is deleted, and the computer is secure.

How to erase Ransomware?

Fortunately, there are two ways to get rid of Ransomware, so you can pick one based on your skills. Users with a bit more experience could try to eliminate it manually. To do this, you would have to restart the computer in Safe Mode and erase all data that could belong to the malware. The whole process is explained in more detail in the instructions located below, so if you feel up to such a task, feel free to use them. The easier option to delete the malware is to download a reliable antimalware tool, do a full system scan and click the removal button once it appears.

Restart computer in Safe Mode with Networking

Windows 8\Windows 10

  1. Press Windows key+I.
  2. Click the Power button.
  3. Press and hold the Shift key.
  4. Click Restart.
  5. Pick Troubleshoot and select Advanced Options.
  6. Choose Startup Settings and press Restart.
  7. Press F5 and reboot the PC.

Windows XP\Windows Vista\Windows 7

  1. Click on Start, press Shutdown options, and click Restart.
  2. Press and hold F8 when your system is restarting.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Networking, press Enter and log on.

Erase Ransomware from the system

  1. Press Win+E to open the Explorer.
  2. Go to C:\Program Files (x86) or C:\Program Files
  3. Find a malicious file with a random title.
  4. Right-click it and select Delete.
  5. Close the Explorer.
  6. Empty Recycle bin. 100% FREE spyware scan and
    tested removal of Ransomware*

Leave a Comment

Enter the numbers in the box to the right *