What is Ransomware?

If you notice a message asking to contact someone via, you were most likely tricked into launching a threat called Ransomware. Encrypting files on a victim’s computer is its primary task. The second one, as you can imagine, is to display the mentioned message. Besides saying users need to write messages to the given email address, the note also mentions about having to pay for decryption tools that could decrypt all files. Even though the hackers behind the malware may claim they do not intend to scam, keep in mind that you cannot be sure they are honest. In any case, before making a decision, we recommend reading our full article to learn more details about the malicious application.testtest

Where does Ransomware come from?

We mentioned earlier that Ransomware’s victims could be tricked into opening the malware’s launchers. Usually, hackers trick their victims by sending them email attachments that look like harmless documents or by disguising malicious launchers as software/game installers and uploading them onto unreliable file-sharing web pages. Thus, there are two things one ought to do to avoid threats like Ransomware. The first one is to be extra careful with emails that raise suspicion or come from unknown sources. The other advice is to keep away from untrustworthy file-sharing websites that offer torrents, pirated software, questionable freeware, etc. Additionally, we recommend employing a legitimate antimalware tool that could guard the system all the time.

How does Ransomware work?

The malware does not drop any data upon it entering a system, so Ransomware ought to begin the encryption process right away. During this process, all pictures, photos, and other personal victim’s files should be enciphered with a robust encryption algorithm. Moreover, the data should not only become useless, but it may also get a second extension consisting of random characters, for example, picture.jpg.77315513.

Next, Ransomware should drop files containing a ransom note. Such files ought to be called FIX_Instructions.hta and FIX_Instructions.txt. Also, the malware may open them automatically after encrypting a victim’s data. As explained earlier, the notes should contain instructions on how to contact the malicious application’s developers and how to get files decrypted. While it is said a user would need to pay to get decryption tools, it does not say how much. Whatever, the sum could be, we do not advise paying it if you do not want to risk losing your money in vain. Cybercriminals should not be trusted, and any guarantee they give does not mean anything. Thus, we advise considering their proposal very carefully.

How to erase Ransomware?

The sample tested by our specialists at deleted itself after it encrypted files on our test computer. It is possible that the version you might have received could do the same. However, to be sure we advise following instructions available below showing how to remove Ransomware manually. Also, instead of using our guidelines, you could employ a legitimate antimalware tool and let it erase Ransomware for you if it is still on your system. Users who have more questions related to the threat’s removal or its effective manner are welcome to leave us messages at the end of this page.

Remove 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. Find files called FIX_Instructions.hta and FIX_Instructions.txt, right-click them and select Delete.
  11. Exit File Explorer.
  12. Empty your Recycle Bin.
  13. Restart the computer. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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