What is Ransomware? Ransomware is another version of Crysis/Dharma Ransomware. Meaning, it works more or less the same as the other malicious applications from this specific ransomware family. Of course, we will explain all there is to know about this new version further in the article, so if you came here for more information, we encourage you to read our full text. Another thing we will discuss is the malware’s removal, as our researchers believe removing Ransomware is safer than following the hackers’ instructions. Nevertheless, it is only for you to decide whether you should follow our provided deletion steps available at the end of the article or not. Also, should you choose to eliminate the threat, keep in mind a legitimate antimalware tool could get rid of it for you too.testtest

Where does Ransomware come from? Ransomware could be spread with email attachments or other files received/downloaded from the Internet. We do not say you should fear to open every file you encounter. However, we urge you to be more careful with data that comes from unreliable sources or raises suspicion. Anyone can be targeted, and even files that look harmless can appear to be carrying vicious malware. In some cases, it is difficult to separate malicious data, which is why our researchers at recommend employing a legitimate antimalware tool. Identifying potential threats with such a tool should be easier. As well as to remove potentially harmful files safely from the system.

How does Ransomware work?

As soon as Ransomware infects the computer, it should create the files listed in the instructions available below this text. Some of the files are needed to make the computer launch the malware automatically with the system’s restart. Afterward, the threat ought to start encrypting files with a secure encryption algorithm. It is important to know the malicious program could encrypt new data after a restart, which is why we recommend removing it if you plan on using the infected device in the future. Files that get enciphered should be marked with the .id-[*unique ID number].[].ETH extension, for example,[].ETH.

Then Ransomware is supposed to open a window with a ransom note. It ought to say you can decrypt your files, but only with a specific decryption tool that the hackers behind this malicious application have. The note explains the price will depend on how quickly the user emails the cybercriminals. They also offer to decrypt one file free of charge, but as usual, it has to be small and unimportant. Even if they can decipher your data, it does not mean they will deliver the tool so you could restore the rest of your files. The hackers might decide they want a more significant sum or they may not bother keeping up to their promise.

How to erase Ransomware?

If you decide you would rather erase Ransomware than pay to its creators, you have a couple of options. First one is to eliminate the threat manually by following the instructions located below this text. The other one is to install a legitimate antimalware tool and remove the malicious application with its automatic features.

Eliminate Ransomware

  1. Click Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
  2. Pick Task Manager and select Processes.
  3. Locate a process belonging to the threat.
  4. Select it and click End Task.
  5. Exit Task Manager.
  6. Click Windows key+E.
  7. Locate these paths:
  8. Locate the malicious application’s launcher.
  9. Right-click it and select Delete.
  10. Navigate to these locations:
    %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  11. Find files called Info.hta, right-click them and select Delete.
  12. Locate these folders:
  13. Search for text files named FILES ENCRYPTED.txt, right-click them and select Delete.
  14. Navigate to these specific Startup directories:
    %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  15. Identify suspicious executable files, for example, file.exe; right-click them and choose Delete.
  16. Exit File Explorer.
  17. Press Windows key+R.
  18. Insert Regedit and click Enter.
  19. Locate the given directory: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  20. Identify a value name dropped by the threat, for example, file.exe.
  21. Right-click this value name and press Delete.
  22. Find two more value names in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run location.
  23. For example, mshta.exe, right-click the two malicious value names and select Delete.
  24. Exit Registry Editor.
  25. Empty your Recycle Bin.
  26. Restart the computer. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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