Onyx Ransomware seems to target Georgian speaking computer users only since its ransom note is written in that language. Although this ransomware infection claims that it has encrypted your files and you will only be able to use them again if you pay the demanded ransom fee, we have found that it simply locks your screen and disables your Task Manager. This means that you will not have to risk paying to restore your files because you can simply remove Onyx Ransomware from your system. We have prepared instructions for you below this article so that you can manually put an end to this malicious attack. You can call yourself lucky if you have been hit with this version of this malware program because we believe that this is just the beginning; or, in other words, this version is in developmental stage only. So you had better be prepared for the fully functioning one because prevention becomes most important when it comes to ransomware infections.
If you are aware of the methods by which such malicious programs may infiltrate your computer, you can have a chance to protect it. Our research shows that this ransomware can mostly be found spreading in spam e-mails as a malicious attachment. Obviously, the trick here is that both this spam mail and its attachment are rather deceptive. Most likely, you will not recognize such a spam right away unless you are an experienced computer user and you know where to look and what to expect. While it was quite easy to spot a spam mail a few years ago because it had an obvious e-mail address and subject, not to mention its body, nowadays a spam mail can be quite misleading and authentic-looking. It may pretend to have come from a government agency, the local police, an Internet provider, a bank, or any company that could be familiar to you. The subject field has the biggest role in the deception as it has to make you believe that the matters in the message as well as its attachment are both very important for you to check.
Therefore, you need to be very cautious even going through your inbox. But finding such a mail in your spam folder could also trick you into believing that you must see it right there and then. We advise you not to open such a questionable mail because its content will only make you feel that you need to see the attached file. This file however is a malicious executable file disguised as an image or a text file. But once you click to save it and then double-click on it to view it, you will only initiate this attack. It is true that you can delete Onyx Ransomware after the hit without any consequences but only if you are infected with this unfinished version. Obviously, a fully working variant would encrypt all your personal files by the time you learn about its presence. In this case, removing Onyx Ransomware would not restore your files.
We have found that when you run the downloaded malicious file, it does not create any PoE (Point of Execution); in other words, it will execute the attack from where you saved it. This ransomware threat claims to have encrypted your files but we experienced no encryption with this version. All it really does is that it locks your screen and displays its ransom note message, as we have mentioned, in Georgian language. These criminals ask for 100 USD paid in Bitcoins (0.14 BTC) to decrypt your files and unlock your computer, which you are supposed to send within 24 hours. However, there is no e-mail address to contact these crooks and no Bitcoin wallet address either mentioned in this ransom note. Since there are no other ransom note files dropped onto your system, there is no way for you to actually transfer this money.
Of course, this is good news for you because it is sort of foolproof as well since there would be definitely a lot of users who would pay right away without thinking just to get their files and computer back. To us, it simply means that this ransomware program is in development and on a trial run but a more vicious version may hit the web very soon and more widely, too. We believe that you need to act immediately and delete Onyx Ransomware from your system.
Since this malicious program blocks taskmgr.exe and locks your screen, it may take a few extra steps to remove Onyx Ransomware. Although you are threatened that if you try to delete Onyx Ransomware or harm this infection in any way, 100 files will be deleted, you should simply ignore this warning and make a move ASAP. You can actually move away from the locked screen by using the Alt+Tab combination. Then you can download an alternative Task Manager tool, such as Process Hacker, and you can kill the malicious process before deleting the related files. Another option is to restart your computer right now and then, get rid of these files since this ransomware will not autorun with Windows. Please follow our instructions if you go for the second manual option. If you want to be more cautious next time, we suggest that you install a reliable malware removal program, such as SpyHunter, which will also automatically defend your computer from all possible malicious programs. Remember that regularly making backup copies on a cloud storage place or a removable drive can also make a big difference.