This page aims to help you remove cuteRansomware. These cuteRansomware removal instructions work for all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.
We’re guessing you’ve come across this page because you’ve recently been infected with cuteRansomware. If so, we’ll also assume that you’ve seen a disturbing ransom note on your screen, saying your files have been blocked or encoded and that you need to pay a given sum in order to regain access to them. The experience can be quite a traumatizing one, not only in the sense that you’ve had your privacy invaded and your personal belongings tampered with, but also the effects of viruses like cuteRansomware can sometimes prove irreversible. We will explain in the following article just how malware like this functions, how it gets distributed and what you can do to help protect your system from future infections. We have also provided a guide below, which will walk you through the process of removing it from your system and potentially retrieving the targeted files.
What is cuteRansomware?
It’s one of the many types of ransomware. Ransomware is a type of software, which is designed to break into your system, encrypt (code) certain files on it – typically the most used ones – and then prompt you to pay the hackers behind it money in exchange for the decryption key. It’s a very dirty practice and there have even been recorded cases of people committing suicide because the specific type of ransomware they were infected with made them believe they had done something illegal and this had led to their files being arrested. Let us assure you that there is absolutely no need for this kind of panic; do not let the hackers scare you into doing whatever and certainly don’t let some common criminals opposite the screen govern your life. As mentioned, our removal is here to help you dispose of the virus in a safe way.
How does it travel?
Ransomware usually employs the help of a Trojan Horse virus to get installed on your computer. The Trojan in turn is usually distributed via infected spam emails, typically with and attached Word or PDF document in them. Once the infected file has been opened, the Trojan is let into your system and it proceeds to download the ransomware. After this, the ransomware begins to encrypt certain data on your PC, most times it will be the one you use on a regular basis. Because this process often takes up a lot of the machine’s memory, it could happen that you’ll experience a dramatic decrease in speed. If so, this should prompt you to check your Task Manager as soon as possible and in case you notice a process taking up the most CPU/RAM that clearly doesn’t belong there – switch off your PC and contact a professional. However, being able to sense ransomware, while it’s at work is pretty rare and highly improbable, which is also why it has managed to become so successful.
Another very common way you can get infected is through malvertisements. These are ads, which are not really ads. They can come in the shape of banners, popups or box messages with attractive slogans and images on them, all trying to convince you to click on them. This would be a huge mistake, as a click is all it would take for the infected advert to wreak havoc upon your system, downloading the dreaded cuteRansomware or other types of ransomware or viruses onto your system.
What about the ransom?
Well, we’ve all seen the movies right? What do the cops always say? “We don’t negotiate with terrorists” so you shouldn’t pay them ransom either. This practice is wrong on a number of levels. Firstly, you’ll be encouraging the cowardly hackers to continue taking advantage of other users. Secondly, and this will probably appeal to you more as a specific person: you have no guarantee that the ransom money will buy you back your files. Those criminals could very well leave you hanging after they’ve gotten your money. It’s not like they signed a contract with you. Furthermore, say they keep their end of the bargain and do send you the decryption key – you still might end up emptyhanded. With things like coding – there is absolutely no guarantee that it will work flawlessly; ask any programmer! Though we cannot make the decision for you of whether or not you should pay the ransom, we can suggest that you use the steps provided below first and see how that works out for you. If nothing else, you will at least have removed the virus and you certainly won’t have damaged your files.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worse threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||There are little to no detectable symptoms, while the ransomware is at work. Very rarely the virus could cause your computer to slow down.|
|Distribution Method||Trojan Horses often serve as backdoors and are distributed via spam emails; malvertisements are also a common means of infection.|
|Detection Tool||cuteRansomware may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once 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:
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 files infected with cuteRansomware
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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