What is Ransomware? Ransomware is one of those dangerous infections that come under several different names. We know for sure that this program is also known as the MoWare H.F.D Ransomware infection. Therefore, the removal instructions we have discussed in our article about MoWare H.F.D Ransomware can be applied to Ransomware, as well.

However, despite the fact that this program doesn’t bring anything new to us, it doesn’t mean we should take it lightly. It is still a dangerous infection that can encrypt your files, and thus, the sooner you remove Ransomware from your computer, the better.test

Where does Ransomware come from?

As we have established the connection between the two ransomware programs already, we can also say that they employ the same distribution tactics. Computer security experts strongly suggest deleting suspicious email messages from your inbox immediately because ransomware programs tend to travel in spam email attachments. What’s more, these attachments often look like legitimate files, and users are tricked into thinking that they must open these “important documents.” However, the moment you launch this attached file, Ransomware (or any other ransomware infection for that matter) slithers into your system and starts encrypting your files.

To put it simply, it is always possible to avoid ransomware infection, but you have to be careful. Also, sometimes it does seem that a file is important, and if you cannot tell whether it is safe or not, you can always scan it with a security tool before opening it. In fact, scanning newly downloaded files with a licensed antispyware tool should become your new habit.

What does Ransomware do?

Needless to say, Ransomware encrypts files. Aside from that, the program can also disable Task Manager, Command Prompt, and Registry Editor. This is done in order to prevent you from removing the infection and restoring your files. What’s more, the program also creates a point of execution, so it will auto-start every single time you restart your PC, and you will always see the ransom note on your screen.

As far as we know, Ransomware encrypts most of the personal files, and it affects the most common locations. So, if you store your files in the default user folders, the chances are that they will end up getting encrypted by this infection.

Most of the ransomware programs drop a separate ransom note file that is often copied to every single folder affected by the encryption. Ransomware, on the other hand, does not do that. Instead, it displays a message across your screen, which is reminiscent of the notifications we used to see with Ukash Ransomware several years ago.

This program displays a message in French that says the following:

The computer was blocked
If you want to unlock your computer, within 5 days give ups the PaySafeCard coupon for €50
If you cannot reach us in 5 days, the software of your PC will be removed

The message goes on to say a few more terrible things, but perhaps this extract is enough to get the idea that the notification is quite daunting, and it is easy to succumb to its threats. However, please understand that paying the ransom would not solve anything. You would only give your money away to these criminals, and they probably wouldn’t even issue the decryption key.

The thing is that this ransomware was released quite some time ago, and it is possible that the criminals have moved on, and the server for this program is already dead. So, do yourself a favor and remove Ransomware from your PC today.

How do I remove Ransomware?

Since this program blocks some of the most important system utilities, you will have to load your PC in Safe Mode with Networking to restore them. After that, you will have to remove Ransomware for good and look for ways to recover your files.

Of course, you have a system backup, getting your files back is no problem: You just need to delete the encrypted files, and then transfer the healthy copies back into your PC. On the other hand, if you do not have the backup, you should definitely look into other file recovery options before you drop the white glove.

Manual Ransomware Removal

Load into Safe Mode with Networking

Windows 7, Windows Vista & Windows XP

  1. Reboot your computer and tap F8.
  2. Select Safe Mode with Networking and press Enter.

Windows 8.1 & Windows 10

  1. For Windows 8: hold the Shift key and click Power. Select Restart.
  2. For Windows 10: press the Start menu button and choose Power. Hold the Shift key and click Restart.
  3. Select Troubleshoot and go to Advanced options.
  4. Click Startup Settings and press the Restart button.
  5. Press the F5 key.

Enable Command Line, Registry Editor & Task Manager

  1. Tap Win+R and type gpedit.msc. Click OK.
  2. Select User Configuration.
  3. Open Administrative Templates and go to System.
  4. Find Prevent access to the command prompt.
  5. Double-click it and select Not Configured.
  6. Press OK and go to System.
  7. Locate Prevent Access to registry editing tools and double-click it.
  8. Mark Not Configured and click OK.
  9. Open Ctrl+Alt+Del Options under System.
  10. Double-click Remove Task Manager in the work area.
  11. Select Not Configured and click OK.
  12. Close the window and restart your PC.

Remove Ransomware

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc and open Task Manager.
  2. Click Processes and highlight suspicious processes.
  3. Click End Process and exit Task Manager.
  4. Press Win+R and type regedit. Click OK.
  5. Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  6. On the right pane, right-click the value that is associated with Ransomware. Select to delete it.
  7. Press Win+R and type %AppData%. Click OK.
  8. Delete the folder associated with the ransomware from the directory.
  9. Scan your PC with SpyHunter. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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