Annabelle Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery) May 2018 Update

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

There is a certain type of malware, called Ransomware, which can be more dangerous than anything else you may come across on the Internet. What makes this software a really dreadful online threat is the fact that it can infect any computer and secretly apply a very complex file encryption to all the data, found inside, or totally block the screen of the machine. The criminal idea behind such an action is to blackmail the user using the blocked data or PC screen as a leverage. This is a very simple, yet very tricky tactic, which hackers with malicious intentions use in order to extort money from their victims. The moment the Ransomware enters the system, it automatically proceeds with its encryption process and shortly after the malicious encryption blocks what it needs to. Then a ransom notification gets displayed on the screen. Such notification could be very scary since it usually contains a message from the criminals, which prompt their victims for an immediate ransom payment. They typically threaten with short deadlines, a ransom increase and permanent loss of access to the affected computer or its information if the amount of money they ask for is not paid in time. What you should do in case your system is infected with Ransomware is what we are going to talk about on this page. We will try to give you some tips and alternatives, so stay with us to find out more. If your files have been locked by a threat named Annabelle, you should know that this is one of the latest Ransomware versions, which is lurking on the Internet right now. Fortunately, at the end of the article, you will find a detailed Removal Guide with instructions on how to remove it, as well as some file-restoration steps.

How can you get infected?

Ransomware can attack mobile devices with the same success it attacks computers. Therefore, every smartphone, tablet, phablet, laptop or desktop PC could be a target. The most common way the web users get infected is usually through Trojan horse infections and other well-camouflaged transmitters. Annabelle Ransomware, for instance, could use massive spam email campaigns where the infection is attached to an email letter. Another very common method is malicious and misleading adverts and infected web pages, as well as various infected software installers, torrents, and free downloads.

 

Annabelle 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

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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!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Annabelle 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!

Getting to know Ransomware:

The malicious pieces of software classified as Ransomware have first appeared two decades ago in Russia. Since then, they kept evolving and now, the security experts can distinguish two main categories of Ransomware-based viruses. The first one is the so-called file-encrypting Ransomware. The infections of this type are the most malicious of all and Annabelle Ransomware falls into their category. They target the files that can be found on the compromised computer and take them hostage by applying a very complex encrypting algorithm to each and every one of them. It is extremely hard to release the files from the encryption and in most of the cases, this may not be possible without a special decryption key. That key, unfortunately, is been generated by the Ransomware itself and is kept by the hackers, who ask ransom for it.

The screen-locking Ransomware is the second group, which is generally less complex and difficult to overcome than the first one. The infections of this type, instead of encrypting your files, block your screen by placing a huge ransom-demanding alert which covers the whole screen of the device and cannot be removed by most conventional means (no X button, Alt+F4 won’t work, the Task Manager would be hidden behind it, etc). This way, your access to the desktop, the menu and all the icons would be impossible unless the ransom alert is removed. That, of course, happens only if you pay what the hackers want in order for them to remove it (or if you find an alternative solution).

Can Ransomware infections like Annabelle be dealt with effectively?

One major thing that makes Ransomware so fearful is the fact that no action from your side can guarantee the successful recovery from the attack. In the case of Annabelle, even if you manage to remove the virus from your system, the files that have been encrypted may not be recovered to their previous state. They may remain inaccessible for an indefinite period of time or unless the right decryption key is applied. The security experts work day and night to provide solutions for the complex encryptions and to help the victims avoid the ransom payment because such course of action can only sponsor the criminals more. However, coming out with working decryptors is not an easy task and may often take time to crack the secret cryptography that the fraudsters use.

Even paying the ransom cannot guarantee that the files will be back to normal. If the crooks are in the mood, they may send a decryption key, but whether and how well it will work, nobody can tell for certain. In fact, you may not even receive such a key because the hackers may disappear once they get the money. That’s why we don’t advise you to fulfill the ransom demands. Instead, try to remove Annabelle on your own and see how many of your files you can save with the help of the instructions in the Removal Guide below.

SUMMARY:

Name Annabelle
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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