Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 Ransomware is a dangerous malware threat that seems to want to ride the high waves generated previously by WannaCry Ransomware, which has been a major and “successful” infection. We have seen a number of imitations and copycat versions of other severe hits in the past, including Locky Ransomware and Cerber Ransomware. Although thanks to a malware hunter was slowed down the spread of WannaCry Ransomware by exploiting the built-in kill-switch function, this new variant does not seem to have this anymore; therefore, it can spread unstoppable and hunt for more victims. Since in this malicious attack you may lose all your personal files, we highly recommend that you take this threat seriously and remove Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 Ransomware as soon as possible.
There are a couple of potential ways for this severe threat to spread on the web. It is possible that you get a spam e-mail that has a malicious attachment. This attached file could appear to be a document or an image, and even its icon would reflect this fake file type; however, it is indeed either an executable file or a document with malicious macro code. It is quite possible that you would open this mail if it seemingly comes from a trusted sender. Well, cyber criminals obviously know this and try to spread this spam with senders that people would generally consider trustworthy.
Therefore, you may find the local police, a well-known bank, a respected company, and so on as the sender of this spam. When you open this mail, most likely you will be lead to believe and convinced that you need to download and view the attached file to learn more about the regarding supposedly urgent matter. However, once you run this file, it will be too late to delete Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 Ransomware because all your files will be encrypted by the time you realize what has just hit you.
When it comes to ransomware attacks, it is always about prevention. If you care about your security, for example, you can regularly save your most important files on a removable drive or cloud storage, or you can install a reliable anti-malware program to safeguard your PC against malicious attacks like this. However, once your files are encrypted there is usually not much you can do unless there is a free file recovery tool available on the web or you pay the ransom fee and pray that your attackers send you the decryption key, which is quite rare to be frank. Still, it is very important that you delete Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 Ransomware even if it means losing your encrypted files.
Another option for you to infect your system with this ransomware is to land on a malicious webpage specifically created for this purpose, i.e., to infect unsuspecting victims. Such a page can be armed with Exploit Kits that can drop this infection behind your back so that you will not even realize anything until the damage is done. The only way for you to avoid such an attack is to keep all your browsers and drivers (Java and Flash) always up-to-date.
Before we go on telling you about how this new variant works, we also need to mention that there is indeed a fake Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 Ransomware out there that was only created for “educational” purposes. This means that someone tried to fool his family members by sending them this fake infection via e-mail to check whether they would run the attached file without any suspicion. This fake version only imitates the graphical user interface, i.e., the ransom note window of the real thing and then, after a few seconds a pop-up window informs the victim that is was a prank only to check how security-minded they are. However, if you do not belong to this guy’s family, chances are you get hit by the real thing.
This dangerous ransomware targets your most precious files and encrypts them in order to extort money from you for the decryption key. Once the encryption is over, the ransom note window comes up on your screen and it may also lock it so that you cannot access any of your files or start up any programs. This note informs you that you have to pay $600 worth of Bitcoins by transferring it to the given Bitcoin address. This is quite a high fee to pay for some photos, videos, and documents unless you feel otherwise. We do not advise you to contact these criminals or to pay this fee because there is a good chance that you will not get anything in return. It is another question that why you would support cybercrime anyway; but this is up to you, of course. We advise you to remove Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 Ransomware immediately.
It is possible that you cannot simply close this ransom note window by pressing Alt+F4 or simply moving away from this active window by pressing Alt+Tab and then closing it. If this happens to you, we suggest that you restart your computer in Safe Mode because this ransomware may create Run registry entries to start up with Windows. We have included a guide for you below so that you can delete Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 Ransomware from your system. Please remember that this will not recover your files. You can either use your backup copy to transfer your files back onto your PC or pray for a free tool to emerge on the web that may be able to restore your files. Hopefully, you see now how easy it is to get infected and to lose your files in such an attack. Thus, we also recommend that you install a professional malware removal application that can automatically protect your PC.