What is Ransomware? Ransomware is another threat from Dharma/Crysis Ransomware family. Thus, it has some similarities with other malicious file-encrypting applications from this family. However, we will discuss them further in the article. For starters, it is enough to know the tool is used for money extortion. As you see, it locks user’s data to take it as a hostage and then demands to pay a ransom in exchange for tools needed to decrypt it. The problem is there are no guarantees you will get the promised tools. In other words, you could end up being scammed, and if you do not like the idea it might happen, we would advise you not to pay the ransom. Some or even all of your files, depending on how often you back them up, could be restored from backup copies. Of course, we would recommend doing so only after you remove Ransomware since it can restart with the operating system and encrypt your files again. To learn how to get rid of it, you should have a look at the rest of this text.test

Where does Ransomware come from? Ransomware could come with suspicious email attachments, software installers, and so on. This means the user himself should be the one to infect the system without realizing it. In order not to repeat this mistake, we advise inspecting data you download more carefully. The easiest way to do so is to scan it with a legitimate antimalware tool. Also, our researchers at say, it would not harm to stay away from attachments received with Spam or from unknown senders. Talking about software installers, it is best to obtain them on legitimate web pages only, which means you should avoid visiting untrustworthy file-sharing websites, such as torrent sites. That is if you do not want to put your system at risk.

How does Ransomware work?

As explained earlier Ransomware encrypts user’s data to make it unusable. You can recognize all of the affected files from the extension appended to them, e.g., .id-B9711324.[].combo. This extension has the same structure as the other extensions used by infections from the Dharma/Crysis Ransomware family. Another important thing to know is the malicious application can restart with the system. To be more accurate, if you do not erase it, the malware will keep encrypting files on the computer with every restart. Therefore, provided you want to keep using the infected device, you should delete the threat to protect new data from harm. Needless to say, the malware’s ransom note might advise against erasing Ransomware as it claims the user should write to the given email and pay a ransom. This message ought to be displayed on a pop-up window opened right after the encryption process, and it is almost identical to the ones shown by other Dharma/Crysis Ransomware applications. It may also claim the cybercriminals can decrypt a single file as a proof they have the necessary means for it. Still, it does not prove they will share the decryption tools with you even if you transfer the requested amount of Bitcoins.

How to eliminate Ransomware?

One of the ways to get rid of Ransomware is to erase all of its data manually. This task could be a bit too difficult for less experienced users, which is why it might be best to check the manual deletion instructions placed at the end of this text before deciding how to remove this malicious application. There is an easier option if you are willing to install an antimalware tool. All you would have to do is choose a legitimate antimalware tool, install it, and perform a full system scan. Later on, it should be possible to eliminate all of the identified threats at once by pressing the provided removal button.

Erase 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, e.g., 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, e.g., 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 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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