If Wannasmile Ransomware invades your Windows operating system, it quickly encrypts your personal files and attaches the “.WSmile” extension to their names. Also, it creates a file that is set to open on the startup of your operating system. The file is called “How to decrypt files.html,” and you should face it whenever you restart the operating system. The text is represented in Arabic, and since this language is spoken in the Persian Gulf and Northern Africa, many Windows users could encounter it. It is not yet known how this malware spreads, but there are many different security loopholes that cyber crooks can use for that. If the targeted operating system is not protected reliably, and the user is not attentive and careful, it is very easy for malware to slither in. Unfortunately, the malicious ransomware is no ordinary threat, and if it successfully gets in, your personal files are likely to be corrupted permanently. While you can find more information about the threat in this report, it appears that the only thing you will be able to do is to delete Wannasmile Ransomware from your operating system.
The malicious Wannasmile Ransomware is linked to the well-known Wannacry Ransomware. These threats do not operate in the same ways, and they were not created by the same people. The link between these two threats is due to a program called “Wannasmile,” which was created to stop the malicious WannaCry infection. It is unknown why exactly the developer of the devious Wannasmile Ransomware has decided to adopt this name, but it is possible that users could be tricked into letting it in in disguise of the authentic Wannasmile tool. Once the treat enters the operating system, you might find it as “client.exe” on the Desktop; however, we cannot guarantee that this is the name or even the location you will find the malicious launcher in. Once executed, the threat should also drop a file named “WannaSmile.exe” into the %APPDATA% directory. Simultaneously, a shortcut named “WannaSmile.lnk” should be added to the Startup along with the ransom note file, “How to decrypt files.html.” All of these components are malicious, and you want to remove them as soon as possible. Of course, before you initiate the removal of this malware, you are more likely to focus on the demands made via the ransom note.
The ransom note introduced to you via “How to decrypt files.html” informs that a ransom of 20 Bitcoin is expected to be paid. Although you might be convinced that it would become possible to decrypt your files once the ransom was paid, keep in mind that you are dealing with cyber criminals who do not keep their promises at all. On top of that, 20 Bitcoin, at the time of research, equaled nearly 200,000 US Dollars. Considering that this ransom is exceptionally big (for example, infections like Wo Sind Meine Dateien Ransomware, Ender Ransomware, or Hacked Ransomware do not demand ransoms bigger than 1 BTC), it is possible that Wannasmile Ransomware is targeted at bigger companies and organizations. Our research team found that the threat currently targets over 60 different types of files, including .zip, .avi, .pdf, .txt, .jpeg, .doc, or .html, which means that it goes after personal files. This simply proves how important backing up personal data is. If your files were backed up, you could remove Wannasmile Ransomware and the encrypted files, and you would still have access to personal data. Keep this in mind for the future.
As you can see, we have created a guide that shows how to remove Wannasmile Ransomware manually. Although that is an option anyone can try, we have to warn that not all Windows users will have enough experience to succeed on their own. What if you cannot delete the ransomware yourself? If that is the case, you need to find an alternative method of elimination, and we suggest anti-malware software. If this kind of software is already installed on your PC, you need to consider upgrading or replacing it because, clearly, it let at least one infection through. Besides being capable of automatically deleting Wannasmile Ransomware and other active threats, reliable and up-to-date anti-malware software can also strengthen your virtual security in the most effective way. Besides strengthening your system’s protection, you cannot forget to double-protect your files, which you can do by backing them up.
|#||File Name||File Size (Bytes)||File Hash|
|1||WannaSmile.exe||801280 bytes||MD5: e99cabc8fd754562e48e5d1e89951fb7|
|2||WannaSmile.lnk||1850 bytes||MD5: fdf959c6aa502b6e4ddd3eb6e96a0bb0|
|3||How to decrypt files.html||5689 bytes||MD5: 490ca840d39004f8cd5f37391d85c073|
|#||Process Name||Process Filename||Main module size|