Viro Ranasomware

What is Viro Ranasomware?

A new HiddenTear-based ransomware infection has been spotted in the wild by malware researchers. It has been given the name Viro Ranasomware. At the time of writing, it does not encrypt any files, so it is believed that it is still in development. No matter you have discovered your files encrypted or not, you must still immediately delete this infection from your system because there is a huge possibility that it one day will be updated and then will lock your personal files without mercy. Ransomware infections usually target the most valuable files like pictures, documents, text files, and videos. Then, they demand a ransom in exchange for the decryption tool. Although Viro Ranasomware does not encrypt personal files, it still asks money from users, so it has been categorized as ransomware not without reason. Since Viro Ranasomware is still in development, it is impossible to purchase the password that has to be entered in the pop-up window opened on Desktop. Specifically speaking, no information about the payment is provided even though it tells users to send money. Luckily, the pop-up window opened can be easily closed and the new wallpaper set changed at the time of writing, so you do not even need this password. The new updated version of this threat might provide the step-by-step instructions explaining how to send the money required, but, in this case, our piece of advice for you remains the same – you must delete Viro Ranasomware from your computer. Yes, you are right – we are strictly against making payments to malicious software developers.test

What does Viro Ranasomware do?

Viro Ranasomware is not a typical ransomware infection. Research has shown that it does not do anything really bad on compromised machines if compared to other ransomware-type infections. Following the successful infiltration, it sets a new wallpaper as Desktop background. It contains a guy looking like Jesus. A small pop-up window with the following text is also opened on the screen:

Your Computer has been infected by a Ransomware. Send us money and enter the password we send you if you want your files back.

Although this window contains an empty box for the password, it is impossible to get it from cyber criminals. Do not worry; it can be easily closed by clicking X, which means that you do not need to have any password. Viro Ranasomware does not do anything else at the time of writing, so we cannot call it extremely dangerous malware. Despite the fact that it does not encrypt files and does not do any other malicious activities currently, you still need to remove this infection from your computer as soon as possible.

You cannot keep Viro Ranasomware not only because it might be updated one day and encrypt your files. Researchers have also made one more disturbing finding about this infection. Its code clearly shows that it might work both as a worm and a keylogger. It does not act as a worm at the time of writing because it is still in development, but it already automatically records the victim’s browsing history. This suggests that its presence might result in privacy-related problems as well. Do not let this happen – remove Viro Ranasomware as soon as possible and then install a security application so that new ransomware could not enter your system again.

Where does Viro Ranasomware come from?

Since Viro Ranasomware is still in development, it is not distributed actively. Because of this, it is also not easy to talk about the methods used to disseminate it. Although there is not much information about its distribution available at present, specialists at are 99% sure that cyber criminals might start spreading this infection via spam emails. In most cases, ransomware infections are distributed as attachments in these emails so that they could enter systems more easily. It is not the only method that might be adopted to promote this infection, of course. Specialists say that users themselves might download it from a dubious page. No matter how this infection has slithered your computer, remove it without hesitation because it can only bring serious problems.

How to delete Viro Ranasomware

Viro Ranasomware is not one of those infections that make modifications in the system registry. It does not drop any additional files. Therefore, it will be gone from your system after you erase all suspicious recently downloaded files. If you cannot find any suspicious files that could be associated with this ransomware infection, we recommend scanning the system with an automated scanner.

Viro Ranasomware removal guide

  1. Press Win+E.
  2. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Desktop, %USERPROFILE%\Downloads, %TEMP%, and %APPDATA%.
  3. Remove all suspicious files you discover.
  4. Empty the Trash bin. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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