Ransomware Removal Guide

Do you know what Ransomware is?

If Ransomware infected your system, in addition to the private files, it might have also damaged some programs installed on the computer. Apparently, the only data that escapes the encryption process is data belonging to the Windows operating system. Unfortunately, even the malware’s deletion cannot unlock enciphered files. Still, our researchers who tested the application advises getting rid of the threat at once. That is because the infection installs itself on the system and does not disappear after the encryption. To erase it you could use our manual removal guide that is available below the text. However, if you do not have a trustworthy antimalware tool yet, it might be the time to get one, since Ransomware is a serious threat and it could be difficult to eliminate it manually. Ransomware installs itself without user’s permission, although not without his help. Our specialists found out that the treat could be distributed through malicious data. For example, it could travel with infected email attachments. The malicious application can install itself only after you launch the infected file. To make it harder to identify such files, the malware’s developers could make it look like PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel, and other documents. Thus, how can you protect the system from such malware? We would advise you to get a security tool and use its scanning tool to check installers or other files that look suspicious or were downloaded from unreliable Ransomware Removal Ransomware screenshot
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After the infected file is launched, Ransomware should place its data on the system and add a few entries in the Windows Registry. Then the malware might start encrypting targeted data. As it appears to be the malicious program is not only after your personal files but also data that belongs to third-party software on the system (e.g. Skype, Google Chrome, etc.). Every file that is enciphered with the RSA-2048 encryption system is marked with a rather long additional extension, e.g. .id-C4600814.{}.CrySiS.

Furthermore, the malicious application might replace your Desktop image and leave a text document called “Decryption instructions.txt.” The message has the following sentence: “All of your files was encrypted, if you want to decrypt them write me to, or alternative mail:” This means that you would have to write them yourself and ask for the decryption instructions. If the Ransomware’s creators would reply, they would probably state their price for the tool to unlock the enciphered data and explain to the user how to make the payment. The problem is that they might not deliver the decryptor for any reason or even without one. Needless, to say that in such situations there is no one you could complain to or ask for a refund. Thus, if you decide to pay the ransom, keep it in mind that things might go not as you expected.

No matter what you choose to do about the encrypted data, there is obviously no reason to keep the infection on the system. Accordingly, our researchers learned how to eliminate the threat manually and prepared a removal guide. All that is left is to slide below and follow the available steps. On the other hand, you could also use a reliable antimalware tool. Especially, if deleting Ransomware on your own looks too hard. With a security tool, you can locate the malware or any other possible threat with its scanning tool. Also, users can quickly erase all detections with only one mouse click. In case, you have more questions about the infection, or you need some help with its removal, do not hesitate to leave us a message at the end of the article.

Eliminate Ransomware

  1. Launch the Explorer (Windows Key+E).
  2. Find these directories separately:
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  3. Locate an executable file with a random name in each of the directories listed above.
  4. Right-click these executable files one by one and choose Delete.
  5. Close the Explorer. Press Windows Key+R, then type regedit and press Enter.
  6. Go to HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop
  7. Find a value name called Wallpaper.
  8. Right-click it, press Modify and replace Decryption instructions.jpg with a wallpaper you prefer.
  9. Navigate to HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Wallpapers
  10. Locate a value called BackgroundHistoryPath0.
  11. Right-click it, select Modify and replace Decryption instructions.jpg with a picture you like.
  12. Find this directory HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  13. Search for value names with random titles.
  14. Check if their value data points to %WINDIR%\Syswow64\*.exe and %WINDIR%\System32\*.exe
  15. Right-click these value names separately and select Delete.
  16. Close the Registry Editor and empty the Recycle bin.

In non-techie terms: Ransomware is a clone of other ransomware applications created while using the CrySiS Ransomware engine. For example, it is almost identical to Ransomware, Ransomware, and other similar malware. Unlike other ransomware programs, both the particular infection and its clones can lock your private files and application data. Therefore, it might do more damage for users who had purchased a lot of software. Sadly, it might be impossible to decrypt such data, since even paying the ransom does not guarantee that you will get the decryptor. In any case, it is advisable to delete the malicious files that belong to this infection. To eliminate it manually, check the removal guide above.