3am Ransomware

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3am Ransomware

3am Ransomware is a dangerous computer virus, similar to Oohu Virus and Oopl Virus, that belongs to the notorious malicious category of ransomware. Its attack can potentially result in the permanent loss of valuable information that is stored on your computer. This is because 3am Ransomware falls into the subcategory of file-encrypting ransomware, which is the most problematic to deal with. Unfortunately, as already stated, you should be prepared for the fact that you may not be able to regain access to the files that this malware has encrypted. Regardless of whether you choose to pay the ransom or go about this a different way, there are never any guarantees when it comes to dealing with ransomware.

3am Ransomware
The 3am Ransomware will encrypt your files with a special encryption.

For this reason, we like to encourage victims of viruses like 3am Ransomware to explore alternative options before ultimately deciding to send their money to some anonymous cyber criminals. Below we have put together a removal guide, with the help of which you should be able to locate and eliminate the ransomware from your PC. And only after that you can attempt to take any measures aimed at restoring your locked data. In the removal guide there’s a second part that is dedicated exactly to this. But once again, please be aware that the listed suggestions may not be effective in each and every individual case.

The 3am virus

The 3am virus is particularly harmful because of the potential permanent data loss that its actions may cause. The 3am virus can target both private persons, and businesses and organizations alike. With that in mind, you can imagine that the scale of the damage done can be quite large. And even if you decide to pay the hackers whatever amount they’ve demanded from you, that may still not guarantee you access to your files again. There’s a high chance that the hackers may not even care about sending you the promised decryption key, for example.

The 3am Ransomware virus
The 3am Ransomware virus will display a ransom demanding message.

Or the key that they send you might not even work for a number of reasons. But this isn’t all that makes ransomware such as 3am Ransomware as dangerous as it is. You may have already realized that these types of viruses act in complete stealth and hardly exhibit any symptoms of the ongoing infection at all. This makes them very difficult to detect. And what’s even more terrifying is the fact that even your latest, most powerful, with all the bells and whistles antivirus software may be helpless at stopping an ongoing attack. This is because the vast majority of antivirus programs are not triggered by encryption, since it’s not an inherently malicious process.

The 3am Ransomware file distribution

The distribution of the 3am Ransomware file is normally ensured through spam messages and malvertisements. Oftentimes, a Trojan horse backdoor is also employed to ensure the ‘free passage’ of the ransomware file into the targeted computer. So for this reason, after you have handled the ransomware and have safely removed it from your PC, we recommend also scanning your system for Trojans. And in case you indeed discover that you have one present, we have a professional tool for the removal of such malware.


Name3am Ransomware
Danger LevelHigh (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
SymptomsVery few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution MethodFrom fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery ToolNot Available
Detection Tool

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Remove 3am Ransomware


Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.


    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

    hosts_opt (1)

    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

    Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


    Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

    • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.

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    Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

    Search for the ransomware in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

    Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

    1. %AppData%
    2. %LocalAppData%
    3. %ProgramData%
    4. %WinDir%
    5. %Temp%

    Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!


    How to Decrypt 3am Ransomware files

    We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


    About the author


    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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