856c Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

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This page aims to help you remove 856c Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any 856c file can be recovered.

Have you landed on this page due to a recent infection with 856c? Then you need to stick around and read the following information. 856c is a ransomware cryptopvirus – one of the many that have recently been released onto the public – that is responsible for the encryption of certain file types and the subsequent blackmail of the victim users that follows. This is, unfortunately, one of the most problematic malware categories and that is due to its stealth and the incredibly sophisticated encryption algorithms its viruses use. This has led to an unheard of growth in both numbers and popularity, with millions of new unique samples being identified by security experts each year. And though this growth is very troubling and is still the primary reason for concern for those very same security experts, many of the instances of infection can very easily be prevented. This and other things is what we will be covering in the following article. And below it we will also provide you with a removal guide that will walk you through the steps necessary to remove 856c files from your system. That same guide also contains separate instructions on how to restore your encrypted files from system backups, but be warned that we cannot vouch for the results of the file restoration steps in each and every case of infection, due to the complexity of the process.

856c File Extension

856c File Ransomware

What makes ransomware so dangerous and where it hides

The reason why this particular virus type has becomes so largely popular among hackers in recent years is, of course, due to its lucrativeness, on the one hand. But on the other hand, it’s also very effective at what it does and at doing it without being detected by the majority of antivirus software out there. The thing is that the encryption method that malware like 856c uses is actually not something new, nor is it genuinely a malicious process. Therefore, most antivirus programs won’t even detect it or notify you about it. This is in part why ransomware and the hackers have been able to get away with their dirty deeds all along. And it doesn’t help that many users get intimidated by the ransom notes on their screens and instantly give in to the demands of the criminals blackmailing them. Of course, we realize that those same hackers are literally robbing you of something very important to you, but there are a number of reasons to not pay them as your first option.

856c Ransomware Removal


 

Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

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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. 

malware-start-taskbar

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. 

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.

Step3

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:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step4

WARNING!
You can possibly recover parasite files by downloading Data Recovery Pro. At minimum, its free scanner can tell you if you can get them back.
Download Data Recovery Pro from here.

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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt 856c 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!

For example, in doing so you will be directly funding their criminal scheme. Would you like them to gain further resources and motivation to potentially attack you again and repeat the whole cycle all over again? That’s hardly what anyone thinks about when paying the ransom, but that’s often exactly what it looks like. In addition, even just from the perspective and here and now, it’s very risky to be transferring large amounts of money to someone in the hopes that they will send you something in the return (in this case, a decryption key for your files). It is, in fact, a very common situation that people never receive one to begin with and the cyber criminals simply vanish without a trace. We would highly recommend exploring all other options, like the removal guide below, before surrendering to the demands in the ransom note.

Now, you may also be willing to know how exactly 856c may have infiltrated your system, so you know what to look out for from now on. The truth is, it could have been anything. From a contaminated piece of software you downloaded off some sketchy file-sharing site, to an infected torrent or even a drive-by download. But the most common sources of such infections include the notorious and old as the world spam emails. No matter how often people are warned about malicious online correspondence, without fail they still end up blindly opening anything that comes their way and even going as far as to download attachments and follow suspicious links. Don’t be among those users and always treat incoming messages with caution. If something looks potentially dangerous – it may very well be and you’re better off deleting it straight away. Another very common source are malicious online ads that are actually transmitters of viruses. Clicking on one of those can automatically download the malware onto your machine and you won’t even know it until it’s too late.

SUMMARY:

Name 856c
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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