ReadIT Ransomware Removal Guide

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ReadIT Ransomware can slither onto your system without your notice and encrypt your major files in no time rendering them useless and inaccessible. This is a dangerous threat that you should take seriously as you can lose most of your important files if you do not have a backup. You have to contact the authors of this severe threat via e-mail to receive more details about how you can get the decryption key, i.e., how much you are supposed to transfer to get your key. Since it is always risky to either contact or pay cyber criminals, we do not advise you to even think about it. Of course, we cannot stop you from deciding to risk paying. Please consider that there is a chance that instead of a key, you would get another serious infection that could cause further damage on your system if it is possible. We highly recommend that you remove ReadIT Ransomware from your system because otherwise you will not be able to use your computer properly. Please continue reading our article if you want to understand how this ransomware infection may have ended up on your computer and how you can avoid similar threats.

If you find out that this major threat has hit your computer, it is quite likely that you have opened a spam e-mail recently and you viewed its attachment. This ransomware program is mainly distributed this way, as an attached file. This attachment can pretend to be and appear to be a text document or a photo, and even have the corresponding icon. However, in reality, this is a malicious executable file that initiates this attack the moment you run this files. No wonder why we emphasize the need for proper protection since the only way you can save your files from encryption is prevention. You may think that you would never open such a spam but let us remind you that this mail does not have a subject saying "Do not open me because I am a dangerous ransomware dropper." Such a spam would more likely have a subject regarding matters like "Re: Overdue invoice #DHL34124_221124" or "Suspicious bank account transactions detected." These criminals know exactly what most people could say no to and use such matters as bait.

The problem is not really the opening of this spam per se, although we need to mention that there are indeed infections that can be triggered by simply opening the carrier mail, but in this case, it is the viewing of this attachment. We recommend that you be more cautious when it comes to opening your mails even if you tend to trust your spam filter. Please note the fact that sometimes even legitimate mails can end up in your spam folder and therefore you may be inclined to check these on a just in case basis. It is also worth installing a proper anti-malware program if you want to feel safe in your virtual world. Right now the only thing that you can do to restore your security level is for you to delete ReadIT Ransomware from your PC.

Our research and tests indicate that this ransomware program uses the AES-256 or Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm, which is a symmetric-key algorithm that uses the same key for encryption and decryption. This infection can target your databases, photos, videos, documents, and more, and encrypt them so that you cannot use, view, or access them in anyway. This could be a major blow to anyone without a recent backup. Once it has finished with the encryption, it creates a ransom note file ("READ_IT.txt") on your system that contains the details of this attack and how you can get out of it.

As a matter of fact, this ransom note does not really reveal too much information. You are simply asked to write an e-mail to "" with the unique ID you can find in this note. If you send this mail in 24 hours, these crooks offer you a half-price deal. We cannot confirm the amount of this ransom fee, but it can easily cost you a few hundreds of your hard-earned dollars in Bitcoins, which is the usual currency to use in ransomware cases. Please note that there is no guarantee whatsoever that you will get anything for your money; and, there could also be technical issues for that and not only criminals not wanting to send you the key. Either you have a backup or not, as the next step, we advise you to remove ReadIT Ransomware from your system.

It is not too complicated to erase this threat from your hard disk because this ransomware does not lock your screen and it does not disable your main system processes (explorer.exe, Task Manager, Registry editor) either. You can follow our instructions below if you are ready to act and in a few minutes you should be able restart your computer and start up a safer system. Keep in mind that this will not give your files back. You can wait some time for a free file recovery tool to emerge and then, you might be able to decrypt your files. However, if you are not an experienced user or a professional, we do not advise you to find or apply such a tool because it is not without serious risks. If you wish to defend your PC against all known malware infections, we suggest that you use a reliable anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter.

How to remove ReadIT Ransomware from Windows

  1. Press Win+R and enter regedit. Press OK.
  2. Delete the following possible Run registry value names that may have random names ("*"):
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\* (value name: "%WINDIR%\Syswow64\*.exe") (64-bit)
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\* (value name:"%WINDIR%\System32\*.exe")
  3. Close the editor.
  4. Press Win+E.
  5. Delete the malicious executable file that you could have saved from a spam lately.
  6. Check the following default locations and delete any random-name ("*") suspicious files you may find:
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\*.exe
    %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\*.exe
    %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\*.exe
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\*.exe
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\*.exe
    %WINDIR%\Syswow64\*.exe (64-bit)
  7. Bin "READ_IT.txt", the ransom note text file.
  8. Empty your Recycle Bin and reboot your system.
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*SpyHunter scanner, published on this site, is intended to be used only as a detection tool. To use the removal functionality, you will need to purchase the full version of SpyHunter.

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