If your wallpaper has been changed to the image of a random guy looking like Jesus Christ, there is basically no doubt that the infection Viro Ranasomware has successfully entered your system. Unlike a bunch of other ransomware infections, this HiddenTear-based ransomware infection does not work in the background. Instead, it immediately applies changes after its malicious file is launched. We cannot say that it is a typical ransomware infection either. Research has shown that it does not encrypt any files on victims’ machines, but it still demands a ransom, so specialists have made a decision to put it into the category of ransomware. Although Viro Ranasomware is not as harmful as other ransomware infections, you can never know when it will be updated, so letting it stay is the worst you can do. It does not start with the Windows OS automatically, but you might launch it accidentally again in the future. Prevent this from happening by removing this infection fully from your computer.
Viro Ranasomware is not one of those nasty infections that drop tons of files, create new registry keys in the system registry, and block system utilities on compromised machines. At the time of writing, it limits itself to changing Desktop background and opening a small window on victims’ screens. The window users discover opened on their screens tells them that there is a ransomware infection on their computers and they need to send money in exchange for the password. This password should help to get files back. It is unclear how to get this password, but, to be frank, you do not even need it because your files are intact – you can check them and see this for yourself. In case Viro Ranasomware is ever updated and starts encrypting files, users will be provided with the detailed information about the payment as well. Do not send cyber criminals money even if you have encountered a version of this ransomware infection that has locked your files and/or screen because you will, most probably, not get the password for unlocking your files and, additionally, malware will stay active on your computer.
Although Viro Ranasomware does not lock files at the time of writing, it does not mean that it is not dangerous at all and there is nothing wrong to keep it. The thorough analysis of the Viro Ranasomware code has revealed that this infection might work both as a worm and a keylogger too. At the time of writing, it does not work as a worm because it is still in development, but it definitely acts as a keylogger. Luckily, it only records details linked to the browsing history, e.g. URLs users type in the address bar of their browsers. It is unclear why cyber criminals behind Viro Ranasomware need this information and where it will be used, but the possibility is really high that privacy-related problems will emerge too if you do not disable this infection soon.
Many users cannot understand how Viro Ranasomware managed to enter their systems. To be frank, we cannot tell you much about that either. It is because this malicious application is still in the development mode and cyber criminals do not disseminate it actively. If the situation ever changes, cyber criminals should start spreading it via spam emails. Ransomware infections usually pretend to be important documents and are spread as attachments in spam emails, so it does not surprise us at all that they become prevalent quickly. Researchers say that these infections might be available for download on dubious third-party pages too. Of course, they are masqueraded as legitimate applications. There is no doubt that it is the reason you have encountered Viro Ranasomware too if you remember downloading software from the web before discovering your wallpaper changed.
You do not need to do much to erase Viro Ranasomware from your computer. Actually, there is only one removal step you have to take – delete recently downloaded suspicious files from your computer. Theoretically, they might be located anywhere, but, in most cases, users manage to find them in %USERPROFILE%\Downloads and %USERPROFILE%\Desktop. If you are looking for a way to erase this malicious application quicker, use an automated malware remover.