What is Ransomware?

Sadly, for some users, the biggest holidays of the year might have been ruined by threats like Ransomware. It is a malicious file-encrypting program that was discovered before Christmas. Our researchers tested it and found out it targets all types of files, although it should not do anything to data belonging to the computer’s operating system. The bad news is encrypted data becomes unreadable, which means the system cannot recognize or open it. If you have come across this malicious application and would like to learn more about it, we invite you to read our full article. Also, users who decide to eliminate Ransomware can find instructions on how to get rid of the malware manually just a bit below the text.test

Where does Ransomware come from?

In most cases threats like Ransomware travel with Spam emails or other untrustworthy data, such as torrent files, unknown freeware installers, fake updates, and so on. Thus, the first thing users, who want to avoid similar infections, should do, is pay more attention to the data he chooses to download or receive. Another good idea would be to pick a legitimate antimalware tool that could guard the system against such threats as well as warn you about potentially malicious material. It could be used to scan data you suspect to be dangerous to verify whether it is true or not. Lastly, it is crucial to mention ransomware applications can get in through unsecured RDP connections or other system’s vulnerabilities, which is why it is essential to take care of the computer’s weaknesses as fast as possible.

How does Ransomware work?

Since Ransomware appears to be based on Dharma Ransomware, our specialists at say the infection should be somewhat alike. For instance, the ransom note the malware is supposed to display after finishing the encryption process looks exactly like the one shown by Dharma Ransomware, although the text it contains should be a bit different. Also, we learned the threat settles in by creating a copy of itself in the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup directory. It should be a randomly named executable file. Then, the malicious application should start encrypting user’s files with a robust encryption algorithm that makes the data unreadable. All encrypted files should have a unique second extension, so users should have no trouble with identifying affected files.

As for the information displayed in the ransom note, it says the victim will have to pay for decryption if he wants to get his data back. Nonetheless, there are no instructions on how to make the payment as hackers behind Ransomware wish to be contacted via email first. Naturally, there are no guarantees the malware’s creators will not scam you and send you the needed decryption means as they promise. Thus, we recommend taking no chances and deleting the infection.

How to erase Ransomware?

There are two ways to remove the malware if you decide not to put up with any demands and eliminate Ransomware. First one is to get rid of the data belonging to the infection manually. The instructions available below this paragraph will tell you how to achieve this. The other way should be a bit easier, all there is to do is install a legitimate antimalware tool, check the system with it, and click the given deletion button to erase all detections at once.

Remove Ransomware

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
  2. Pick Task Manager and go to Processes.
  3. Search for a process associated with the threat.
  4. Select it and click End Task.
  5. Leave Task Manager.
  6. Click Windows key+E.
  7. Navigate to these paths:
  8. Find the malicious application’s launcher.
  9. Right-click it and choose Delete.
  10. Then go to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  11. Look for a randomly named executable file, right-click it too and select Delete.
  12. Find files called FILES ENCRYPTED.txt.
  13. Right-click them and select Delete.
  14. Close File Explorer.
  15. Empty your Recycle Bin.
  16. Restart the computer. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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