This page aims to help you remove Fantom Ransomware. These Fantom Ransomware removal instructions work for all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.
The program known as Fantom is the reason why you have found our article. Maybe you have already read something about that virus, maybe not. However, you need to know from the beginning that it is TRULY DANGEROUS. Below we are going to elaborate on its typical features, possible sources, necessary actions in case of infection and some potentially useful prevention advice.
Details about Fantom Ransomware
Unfortunately, you have caught one of the most dangerous forms of malware known to the users worldwide popular as Ransomware. Fantom is in fact a type of Ransomware. It is very disturbing as well as hazardous and harmful. What it in fact does is to become a part of your system, scan your external memory for the locations that you most often use and to list all of them. Later, that virus continues with the encryption of each one of the files at those locations. Briefly speaking, that is how you end up seeing a very alarming notification on your monitor, which serves to let you know that your data has been locked up and you are expected to pay a certain amount of money as ransom. It doesn’t sound very pleasant, does it?
In case you are wondering how exactly Fantom Ransomware has ended up encoding files on your machine and blackmailing you for ransom, here come a few suggestions. Ransomware could get spread via a variety of means – from a torrent to a software bundle. Recently there have even been reports of text documents distributing Ransomware. However, where you are most likely to find this malware inside an infected email (such a message might be found both in your SPAM folder and in your Inbox). No matter how it has travelled, this virus has found a way to infiltrate your system. What’s even more disturbing is that it usually travels with a buddy – a Trojan horse virus.
!!! Don’t forget to remove the Trojan after you successfully deal with the Ransomware. Such a Trojan can be used for more evil purposes than just transporting Fantom Ransomware to your computer. Get rid of it as soon as possible. !!!
If you are wondering whether to pay the requested ransom or not…
You should know that paying the ransom will not guarantee you the decryption of your data. Such a reaction on your side might only guarantee that many more people will be harassed. If you do pay, the hackers who are blackmailing you may decide that other people will also be willing to surrender to their demands and try to benefit from them as well. On the other hand, even some experts may find it difficult to completely remove the virus and restore your data. It is equally risky not to pay. Even the best anti-malware tool might not be useful in your case. Our advice is to simply finish reading this article and make an informed decision in the end. After all, it is up to you and your data is at stake.
A few words about our removal guide
It has been especially designed for those of you who desperately want to deal with Fantom Ransomware. Bear in mind that there is no guarantee, when it comes to the recovery of your encrypted files. Be careful when implementing the removal instructions. Hopefully, it will work for you and you will save your system and your files.
How NOT to catch Fantom Ransomware in the future
We have assembled a list of the most efficient prevention tips in case you are interested. Some of them are general, some – more concrete. We hope you will find them informative and useful.
- As you already know, Trojans work as vehicles for Fantom and other types of Ransomware. Consequently, they are the ones that sneak them into your system. And they are able to do that because you have not noticed a vulnerability, related to an installed program or your operating system as a whole. Such a weakness could be the lack of a reliable anti-virus tool. Make sure that yours is functional, updated and ready to fight all kinds of malware.
- The Internet is dark and full of horrors these days. Don’t let any of them get to you. Don’t trust any letters from suspicious senders even if they are inside your Inbox. Also, don’t be careless when it comes to torrents and shareware. Install some only if you do that in the Advanced way offered by the installer, or you are sure about the source of the given software.
- Even text documents might carry Fantom Ransomware inside them. So, avoid any email attachments or hyperlinks that ask you to download anything.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worse threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Usually nothing before the alarming notification appears. Sometimes the encryption process makes the whole system sluggish.|
|Distribution Method||Typically via the letters in your email from suspicious senders. Also, torrents, text documents, software bundles.|
|Detection Tool||Fantom Ransomware may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Fantom Ransomware Removal
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 Fantom Ransomware
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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