What is Ransomware? Ransomware is one of the newest variants of Crysis/Dharma Ransomware, as research has revealed. It would be a lie if we told you that it differs much from older versions of the same threat much because it does not. Just like many other ransomware infections these days, this malicious application infiltrates computers and then locks all discovered files immediately. The encryption algorithm it uses is no doubt a strong one, so do not expect that you will decrypt your files easily if you ever encounter this nasty threat. Cyber criminals will try to convince you that decrypting files with a special tool they have is as easy as pie, but you should still not purchase it from them because you do not know whether you will get it. Is it possible to unlock your files without the special decryptor? Well, if you do not want to spend money on the tool you may not even get, you should restore your files from a backup you have. Needless to say, this is impossible if a backup does not exist, i.e. you have never backed up any of your files. We cannot promise that you could get your files back in this case, but you should definitely try out third-party data recovery tools – they may help you to decrypt at least some files. Make sure you only use reliable software!test

What does Ransomware do? Ransomware will lock your files immediately. In other words, if this threat successfully enters your computer, it will mercilessly encrypt files found on your system. Ransomware infections lock a wide variety of files they find on affected computers, but, of course, they focus on the most valuable data – users’ personal files. Luckily, they usually do not encrypt any system files, so PCs continue working normally. Once files are locked, the ransomware infection drops a ransom note (FILES ENCRYPTED.txt) and opens a window with a ransom note on Desktops. All ransomware infections demand money from users. Ransomware is no exception. It will ask you to contact its author first and then pay a ransom in Bitcoin. If you are planning to pay for the decryption service, you should not forget that you might not get anything from cyber criminals. That is, there are no guarantees that you could unlock your files after you make a payment. Additionally, the annoying screen placed over your Desktop and the ransomware infection itself will not be removed from your computer too. Cyber criminals do not care at all about the condition of your files and your PC, we can assure you that.

Where does Ransomware come from?

Specialists working at have also analyzed how Ransomware is distributed. If you have not encountered this computer threat yet, you should keep the information you will find in this paragraph in mind – it will help you not to encounter this infection. First of all, it is very likely that this malicious application is distributed via spam emails, according to specialists. Never open spam emails, especially attachments they have, because you might end up with malicious software right away. Additionally, if you tend to download applications from the web, make sure you download them from reliable websites only. It is extremely easy to download malware from a shady website. Last but not least, we highly recommend that you install a security application on your computer. It will not only prevent ransomware infections from entering your PC, but it will also protect you against other harmful threats that might drop malicious software onto your PC without your knowledge.

How to remove Ransomware

It should not be too hard to erase Ransomware from the system if you follow our manual removal guide. Yes, it does have many components, so it will take some time to remove it manually. If you do not have any free time, perform a system scan with an antimalware scanner. It will delete all infections it manages to find on your system in the blink of an eye. An active antimalware tool on the system will not allow similar infections to enter your system without your knowledge ever again. Ransomware removal guide

Kill the malicious process and remove malicious files

  1. Tap Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
  2. Click Processes.
  3. Kill the malicious process.
  4. Close Task Manager and open Windows Explorer.
  5. Access directories listed below and delete Info.hta from all of them:
  • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  • %WINDIR%
  1. Delete the malicious file, e.g. file.exe from these directories:
  • %WINDIR%\System32
  • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  1. Delete FILES ENCRYPTED.txt dropped on your PC.
  2. Empty Trash.

Undo the changes made in the system registry

  1. Tap Win+R.
  2. Enter regedit and click OK.
  3. Access HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  4. Delete two malicious keys, e.g. mshta.exe.
  5. Remove another malicious key, e.g. file.exe.
  6. Close Registry Editor. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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