What is Ransomware?

One more ransomware infection - Ransomware - has been recently detected in the wild by specialists working at They have immediately understood what it is capable of because research has clearly shown that this threat is a brand new variant of Scarab-Bomber Ransomware, a crypto-threat analyzed by specialists not long ago. Speaking more specifically, there is no doubt that this ransomware infection has been developed by cyber criminals to obtain money from users. One of the tactics used to push users into transferring money is locking their personal files. The ransomware infection tries to convince users that their files have been locked due to a security problem, but we can assure you that the main problem you have is the successful entrance of Ransomware. No worries; you will erase this threat yourself manually with our help. Sadly, we cannot promise that it will be very easy to unlock files encrypted by this threat. Paying money to cyber criminals is definitely not what we suggest that you do, but you need to know the truth – there might be no other ways to get files back. This is especially true if you have never backed up any of your files.test

What does Ransomware do?

Malware researchers often name ransomware infections after extensions they append to files they encrypt. Ransomware is no exception. It has been named after the extension it adds to all encrypted users’ files. Speaking about the encryption of files, Ransomware will lock all your personal files if you ever encounter it. Ransomware infections are usually set to encrypt documents, music, videos, pictures, and much more. As mentioned, they do so to help cyber criminals to extract money from users. Once all valuable files are encrypted on the system, Ransomware drops a ransom note (HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES.txt) on the affected computer. The file contains a lengthy message that explains why no personal files can be accessed and how users can get their files decrypted. Cyber criminals behind this threat are ready to decrypt 3 encrypted files (they cannot be bigger than 3MB) for free, but users still have to pay money to get the decryption key that could unlock all other encrypted files. To be more specific, users have to send the specified amount of money in Bitcoin to get the decryptor from them. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees that you will get it even if you have received these 3 files decrypted for free. Usually, when malicious software developers receive money, they simply forget all their promises and do not give any promised tools to users. How can you decrypt your files without the special decryptor? To tell you the truth, the only free way to get files back is to retrieve them from a backup.

Where does Ransomware come from?

According to researchers, there are two possible distribution methods that are used to promote Ransomware. First, it might be distributed via emails. In this case, the malicious application comes as an email attachment, or the user initiates its download by clicking on the link the email message contains. Also, it is known that ransomware infections and many other computer threats might be dropped on users’ PCs without their knowledge if they use RDP connections that can be easily hacked, i.e. whose credentials are very weak. Last but not least, you risk encountering harmful computer threats by downloading software from random websites you get redirected to unexpectedly or open by mistake. We would recommend being cautious if you download software from P2P websites too because it is no doubt one of the most popular mediums to promote malicious software.

How to remove Ransomware Ransomware applies some modifications in the system registry and drops several files, so less experienced computer users might find its removal quite a challenge. We are here to help them. We have placed the manual removal guide prepared by our experienced specialists below this article. If you still do not know what to do, entrust the ransomware removal to a powerful antimalware tool. While there are plenty of tools claiming to be legitimate software, a bunch of tools that can be downloaded for free from the web are completely unreliable and cannot remove even the smallest piece of malware, so choose wisely. Ransomware removal guide

  1. Press Win+R.
  2. Type regedit and click OK.
  3. Locate the registry key with a random name, e.g. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\kfThDNnIt.
  4. Right-click on it and select Delete.
  5. Move to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  6. Locate the random Value, e.g. kfThDNnIt.
  7. Right-click on it and select Delete.
  8. Close Registry Editor and open Windows Explorer.
  10. Check %APPDATA%.
  11. If you can locate sql.exe, delete it.
  12. Empty Recycle Bin. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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