Do you know what GruxEr Ransomware is?
GruxEr Ransomware can strike hard once it manages to infiltrate your system. This new severe threat can encrypt your files in a short period of time and extort money from you in exchange for the decryption of your files. Unfortunately, you may lose all your pictures, videos, documents, archives, and third-party program files in this vicious attack if you do not have a backup copy. It is always risky to transfer money to or contact cyber criminals, not to mention the fact that you would also support them by this. Our researchers see only one true way out: You need to remove GruxEr Ransomware ASAP. Before you rush to buy Bitcoins or to delete this malicious program from your system, let us tell you more about it so that you have an idea how you could actually avoid such an infection.
It is quite likely that you have opened a spam mail recently and downloaded its attachment. In fact, this is how most ransomware programs infect their unsuspecting victims. The trick here is that this spam appears to come from a known or prestigious company or government agency. The subject of such a mail is usually something that you would consider important or urgent, such as an unsettled invoice, a problem with an undelivered parcel, credit card details issues, and so on. Most users fall for this trick and rush to open this spam. However, even if you open it, you may not find what you were hoping for because the body of this mail will most likely point you to download the attached file for the details. This attached file can generally pose as a document or an image. Its icon may also be in line with this to mislead you. But it is indeed an executable file that will only start up this vicious attack. This is why you cannot really save your files from encryption by the time you finally manage to delete GruxEr Ransomware.
Yet another popular method is called Exploit Kits. This means that cyber criminals use such kits to set up malicious webpages that can drop this or any other infection the moment you load them in your browser. This is why it is important that you do not click on any random third-party ad and try to avoid suspicious websites. Because one click on the wrong content can easily redirect you to such a malicious page and you can say goodbye to your files in a matter of minutes. It is worth knowing that you can actually avoid such attacks if you keep your browsers and drivers (Java and Adobe Flash) always updated. These kits exploit older versions because they have known security holes that can be used to drop infections onto your machine. Remember that when you remove GruxEr Ransomware, your files will have been encrypted. Thus, it is clear that prevention is the key here to protect your system from such attacks.
This malicious program applies the good old AES encryption algorithm to cipher your files. Then, the generated decryption key is sent to a remote server operated by these cyber crooks. Therefore, your only chance to decrypt your files is actually getting this key somehow. The interesting thing about this ransomware is that it is also a screenlocker. In fact, it locks your screen first with its ransom note window that always stays on top and you cannot close it; well, seemingly. While you are dealing with the first wave of shock that you are experiencing by reading this note about your files having been encrypted, as a matter of fact, your files are just being encrypted.
This note informs you that you have to pay $250 worth of Bitcoins, which is around 0.1 BTC right now. This amount can be called a lower-middle range amount but it is still a lot if you consider that you may not even get the decryption key since you are dealing with proper criminals here. Why do you think these crooks would care at all about your files? If they have your money, why would they care about you anymore? These questions you need to consider before making up your mind about your next move. We suggest that you delete GruxEr Ransomware as soon as possible.
Although this ransomware seemingly locks your screen with its ransom note window, you can easily get out of this lock if you simply move away from this active window by pressing the Alt+Tab combination. Once the lock is gone, you can end the malicious process via Task Manager and delete all the files that can be associated with this malicious attack. We have prepared the necessary instructions for you if you care to eliminate this beast with your own hands. However, if you are thinking about protecting your PC more effectively, we believe that it is best for you to install a proper malware removal program, such as SpyHunter.
Remove GruxEr Ransomware from Windows
- Tap Alt+Tab key combination to move away from the ransom note window.
- Launch your Task Manager by tapping Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
- Find and select the malicious process in the list (its name could be holy.exe).
- Click on the End task button and close the Task Manager.
- Tap Win+E to launch the File Explorer.
- Find and bin the malicious file you downloaded from the spam.
- Find and bin the following files:
- Empty the Recycle Bin and reboot your system.
In non-techie terms:
GruxEr Ransomware is a dangerous threat that can sneak onto your system without your noticing it and it can encrypt your most important files, including your documents, images, videos as well as archives. You can only recover these files if you buy the decryption key from these cyber criminals. Of course, it pays to have a backup copy of your files on a portable drive, which you could use to transfer the clean files back to your PC. However, this can only be done after you remove GruxEr Ransomware. We do not advise you to pay any amount to crooks because you have no guarantee that they will send you the key. If you want proper protection for your PC, we suggest that you employ a professional malware removal program.