Ransomware Removal Guide

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Category: Trojans Ransomware encrypts user’s files and shows a message saying “All your files have been encrypted!” The purpose of doing so is to make the user contact the malicious application's creators. After doing so, the hackers should explain how to make a payment to their account in exchange for a decryptor that would unlock user’s files. Needless to say, putting up with such demands could end up hazardously. You cannot be sure the cybercriminals will hold on to their promise and will not forget you or ask for more money. Therefore, our researchers say it is best to restore files from backup copies that some users may store on removable media devices or cloud storage. However, before placing backup copies or any new data on the infected machine, it is best to erase Ransomware. If you continue reading the article, we will tell you why you should take this extra precaution. Also, at the end of the text, you should find our prepared deletion instructions to help you with this task.

For starters, we would like to talk about where Ransomware might come from. Knowing might be crucial if you do not want to come across such malicious software again. Our specialists say ransomware applications are often distributed with email attachments, installers, fake updates, and other doubtful data received/downloaded from the Internet. It means that to protect your device and files on it, you have to be cautious when interacting with files coming from unreliable sources, for example, torrent or similar file-sharing web pages, Spam emails, etc. If you know data comes from a doubtful source, or it raises suspicion, you should scan it with a reliable security tool first. Unlike when launching malicious file right away, examining it could allow you to learn about its harmful qualities without allowing it to infect the computer.

If the user opens Ransomware’s launcher, it should start creating Startup tasks and Registry entries. Such data is usually created to make the infected device launch the malware automatically upon every restart. Thus, as long as you do not erase the threat, it is possible it might encrypt data that it did not affect before, for example, newly created files or data transferred from removable media devices. During the encryption process, affected files become unreadable, and the victim can no longer open them. To mark such data, Ransomware ought to place the .id-{random part}.[].qwex extension at the end of each locked file’s title. Afterward, the malicious application is supposed to show a ransom note that ought to be launched automatically with each restart too. The message on it asks victims to contact the hackers via given email address. It also says the price depend on how fast the user emails them. Nonetheless, as we said earlier if you do not want to risk being scammed, we recommend against doing so.

Users who do not want to deal with cybercriminals and risk losing money for tools they may never get should erase Ransomware. After the threat is gone, it is supposed to be safe to replace encrypted files with backup copies. One of the ways to get rid of the malicious application is to remove it manually while following the instructions located below. Naturally, if the instructions seem too complicated, it might be easier to employ a reliable antimalware tool and let it take care of the malware for you.

Get rid of Ransomware

  1. Tap Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
  2. Pick Task Manager.
  3. Select the Processes tab.
  4. Look for a process associated with the malware.
  5. Select the process and click End Task.
  6. Leave Task Manager.
  7. Tap Win+E.
  8. Go to these locations:
  9. Find the malicious file opened before the system got infected, right-click it and select Delete.
  10. Navigate to these paths separately:
    %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  11. Search for files named Info.hta, right-click them and select Delete.
  12. Go to these directories:
  13. Find documents named FILES ENCRYPTED.txt, right-click them and select Delete.
  14. Navigate to these paths:
    %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  15. Identify malicious executable files, e.g., file.exe; right-click them and choose Delete.
  16. Close File Explorer.
  17. Tap Win+R.
  18. Type Regedit and click Enter.
  19. Go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  20. Identify the malware’s created value name, e.g., file.exe, right-click this value name and press Delete.
  21. Locate this directory: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  22. Find the malicious application’s created key, e.g., mshta.exe, right-click it and select Delete.
  23. Close Registry Editor.
  24. Empty Recycle Bin.
  25. Restart the computer.
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