Ransomware Removal Guide

Do you know what Ransomware is?

Was your operating system attacked by Ransomware? Although this infection does not corrupt system files, it can hijack the files of your browsers, media players, and other programs you have downloaded onto your PC. Of course, it is most terrifying that this infection can corrupt personal files as well. This ransomware employs a complicated algorithm to encrypt your files, which means that they will be unreadable. To restore them, a decryption key must be applied, but this key is held hostage allegedly until you pay the ransom. The problem is that no one can guarantee that the cyber criminals behind the infection will release the key when you pay the ransom. Obviously, this further complicates the entire situation. Read this report to learn everything you need to know about the malicious ransomware. We also include a Ransomware removal guide.

As you might know already, Ransomware is based on the so-called CrySIS Ransomware engine. Other threats that have used this engine include Ransomware, Ransomware, and Ransomware. Of course, these infections – despite their names – are virtually identical. First, they slither into your PC, which can be done via corrupted spam emails. The launcher of the ransomware is camouflaged as a harmless attachment, and the infection is executed upon opening this attachment. After successful infiltration, these infections start encrypting files. After that, they create JPG and TXT files that help deliver the demands. In the case of Ransomware, the JPG file is called “how to decrypt your files.jpg”, and it replaces the regular Desktop wallpaper. The file represents an image that also includes a text message (see below). If you see this message, you should have no further questions about which threat you need to delete from your operating Ransomware Removal Ransomware screenshot
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Time is the most valuable thing you can have.
At the moment all files on the computer are encrypted.
If you want to understand how to get your data and save time, write to this address:

Have you assessed the damage caused by Ransomware? It is very easy to identify the files corrupted by this infection because it attaches the “.id-[ID number].{}.xtbl” extension to every single one of them. See if these files are valuable to you, and if they are worth taking the risk and paying the ransom, which you will be asked to pay if you email cyber criminals. Hopefully, you discover that the most important files are backed up, and you do not actually need a decryption key to restore them. Unfortunately, if that is not the case, you are out of options because legitimate file decryptors are not yet capable of deciphering the algorithm used by Ransomware. Of course, we do not recommend paying the ransom, but you have to make a decision for yourself. The only thing we can advise is deleting the ransom, and, luckily, this part is easy.

Deleting Ransomware is not very complicated because its creators do not worry about it getting removed. If users choose to pay the ransom, they will try to get rid of the ransomware anyway. Well, even if you do get rid of it, nothing will change, and you might still get convinced to pay the ransom. If you are ready for the elimination of the ransomware, we suggest installing anti-malware software. First of all, this software will identify the malicious components right away, and that might be difficult to do if you proceed manually. Second, this software will eliminate all other potentially active threats as well, not to mention enabling further protection against them. If you decide to move manually, do not forget to use a malware scanner afterward to make sure that all threats are gone.

Remove Ransomware

  1. Simultaneously tap Win+R to launch RUN.
  2. Enter regedit.exe to launch Registry Editor.
  3. Move to HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop.
  4. Open the Wallpaper value and empty the value data.
  5. Move to HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Wallpapers.
  6. Open the BackgroundHistoryPath0 value and empty the value data.
  7. Move to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  8. Delete the malicious value (check to see if it represents a malicious .exe file).
  9. Simultaneously tap Win+E to launch Explorer.
  10. Delete the malicious .exe file in one these directories (to access them, enter into the Explorer’s address bar):
    • %WINDIR%\System32\
    • %WINDIR%\Syswow64\
    • %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\

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Removing Ransomware is important regardless of whether or not you pay the ransom and/or decrypt your files. Although the removal of this ransomware should not pose many problems, it might be difficult to identify the malicious components because of their random names. The removal guide above explains how to eliminate the ransomware from your operating system manually, but do not forget that you can also use automated malware detection and removal software. If you have any other questions about deleting malware from your operating system, please start a discussion below.