What is Ransomware?

According to our Internet security experts, Ransomware is a highly malicious application that was designed to encrypt your personal files and demand that you pay a ransom for the decryption key in order to decrypt them. However, we recommend that you remove it instead of paying the ransom because you might not receive the decryption key once you have paid. It uses the AES-256 encryption algorithm, so its encryption method is quite strong, and our researchers say that decrypting your files using a third-party decryption tool is nearly impossible. For more information, we invite you to read this whole article.testtest

What does Ransomware do?

According to our cyber security experts, Ransomware is a simple ransomware similar to Ransomware and Ransomware. It was designed to infect your computer and run automatically. It uses the AES-256 encryption algorithm to encrypt files that include but are not limited to .7z; .asp; .avi; .bmp; .cad; .cdr; .doc; .docm; .docx; and .gif. While encrypting your files, this ransomware is set to append them with the .{} file extension. This extension does not do anything but is an indication that your files were encrypted. Decrypting the files with a third-party decryption tool is not possible at the moment, but that is because that such a tool does not exist yet, but it should eventually.

Once the encryption process is complete, this ransomware will change your computer’s desktop wallpaper with an image named decryption instructions.jpg featuring a shield with the word “Guardware” on it. It also features text that says “To decrypt your files write to” Apparently, after you contact the cyber criminals, they will give you the instructions on how much and how to pay the ransom. There is no telling whether they will keep their end of the bargain and give you the decryption key, but if we know anything, we know that ransomware developers are not to be trusted.

On a more technical note, Ransomware’s main executable is named randomly and it can be placed in one of five locations which include %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup, %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup, and three others. It also creates two registry strings in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. If you want to keep your computer out of harm’s way, then you have to delete all of these files and registry strings.

Where does Ransomware come from?

Evidently, the people that created this ransomware are unknown because, if they were, they would have to answer for their crime developing and distributing this illicit application. Our cyber security experts say that Ransomware is most likely distributed trough malicious emails that pose as invoices, receipts, tax return forms, and so on. The emails to not contain too much text to become suspicious but they rely on your curiosity to see what is inside the attached file that the emails feature. The attached file contains a Trojan that drops this ransomware’s executable on one of the five possible locations. Deleting the executable is pretty straightforward, so we recommend using our guide provided below.

How do I remove Ransomware?

In conclusion, Ransomware is one malicious application that was created with the intention of getting the files stored on your computer encrypted. Its developers want you to give them your money in exchange for the decryption key, but there is no guarantee that you will get it. Our malware researchers recommend that you remove this infection from your computer using the guide below. However, if you want to get rid of it using an antimalware program, then they recommend using SpyHunter as it is more than capable of dealing with this malicious application.

Delete this ransomware manually

  1. Press Windows+E keys.
  2. In the file Explorer’s address box, enter each of the following directories.
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    • %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  3. Find the randomly named executable.
  4. Right-click it and click Delete.
  5. Empty the Recycle Bin.
  6. Press Windows+R keys.
  7. Type regedit in the dialog box and click OK.
  8. Go to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  9. Find two registry strings featuring Value data %WINDIR%\Syswow64\{name}.exe and %WINDIR%\System32\{name}.exe respectively.
  10. Right-click each of them and click Delete.
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