This page aims to help you remove iRansom Ransomware. These iRansom Ransomware removal instructions work for all versions of Windows.
Want to effectively clean an iRansom infection off your system? Here we may help you do so. In case you have fallen victim of this extremely harmful ransomware, in the next lines you will find the exact steps on how to successfully get rid of the virus. Not only that but with the help of our instructions you may be able to get some ideas on how to restore your encrypted files and protect them in the future. But first, let us say a few words about the exact threat you are facing and the possible ways of prevention.
iRansom Ransomware – what you need to know
Recently, Ransomware has become one of the most widely spread types of malware. It keeps troubling users and enterprises all over the world and becomes more and more sophisticated and hard to detect with each passing day. iRansom is one of the latest representatives of its kind and is rapidly taking over the stage. It spreads itself through massive spam e-mail campaigns, links, infected applications, e-mail attachments, torrents and compromised web pages. Very often it uses the backdoor that a Trojan horse infection creates in a compromised PC to sneak in unnoticed.
How does Ransomware work?
First of all, the way that ransomware works is very different from any other type of malware. Most viruses and malicious scripts try to cause some damage on your system, spy on you or collect credentials and payment information in order to steal some money from your online bank accounts. iRansom, on the contrary, applies a unique method called encryption, which doesn’t destroy your system or files, but locks them with a strong algorithm.
Once this ransomware finds its way to your PC, it remains unnoticed on the machine while silently performing its encryption process. As a result, all the files available on the computer become unreadable and get locked with a special and very complex algorithm. They still remain on your system, however, you cannot access them or open them in any way. After the encryption process is completed, the malware reveals itself on the victim’s screen with a ransom note. This note contains a message from the cybercriminals behind the threat. They inform you that your files have been locked with a secret encryption and the only possible way to access your data is if you unlock it with a decryption key. Of course, that key is in the hackers’ hands and they require a fat amount of money as ransom. The payment is usually required in Bitcoins. This is a very convenient method for the cyber-thefts because Bitcoins are and untraceable online currency that helps them stay hidden from the authorities. The crooks usually provide the victims with all the details on how to pay and even give them a short deadline to do so. They may threaten to double the sum or even destroy the decryption key if a payment is not made.
What can you do when your files are encrypted?
Unfortunately, once you fall a victim of a ransomware, there is not much you can do. The possible options are two – pay the ransom and leave yourself to the crooks’ mercy or clean the infection yourself and try to recover your files with other methods. Many reputed security experts advise that when it comes to ransomware, it is a bad idea to pay the hackers and our team would also advise you against that. There are several good reasons for that. First of all, dealing with cybercriminals is a very risky task. The way they can trick and threaten users can lead to some severe psychological tension. The unscrupulous crooks are not afraid to apply different manipulative approaches in order to press victims to fulfill their demands. Doing so, however, doesn’t guarantee that the victims would really get a working decryption key, if they get any. In most cases, they would simply burn out their money and only encourage the criminals to keep blackmailing them. Moreover, once compromised by ransomware, the infected machine is vulnerable to all sorts of malicious threats, spyware and data theft.
That is why it is a better idea to first remove the virus from your system in order to eliminate the hacker’s access to your computer. You can do so if you follow the removal guide below. We suggest you also take a look at our list of frequently updated ransomware decryptors. There you may find a decryption solution for your encryption. However, we should warn you that, unfortunately, ransomware developers are one step ahead of the security researchers so far. Therefore, there are some ransomware encryptions that are still not decryptable. Regardless, it is still a better option to gain control over your PC back and not pay a penny to these unscrupulous cyber-thieves.
A few words about prevention:
Keeping your PC protected is essential in order to stay away from this kind of threats, because unfortunately, there may not always be an effective way to recover from the damage a ransomware like iRansom can cause to your data. Start with a good anti-virus and anti-malware software protection on your PC on the first place. Avoid interacting with suspicious content, spam e-mails, unknown websites and applications. If you keep valuable data on your PC, the best is to have a backup on an external drive or a cloud. This is a smart way to prevent data loss in case of a ransomware encryption.
|Danger Level||High (Prevents access to your files by applying a strong encryption)|
|Symptoms||Some high resource usage at the first stages may be observed, before the ransom note appears on the screen.|
|Distribution Method||It spreads itself through massive spam e-mail campaigns, links, infected applications, e-mail attachments, torrents, Trojan horses and compromised web pages.|
|Detection Tool||Ransomware may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
iRansom Ransomware Removal
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
The first thing you must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this. iRansom may have hidden some of its files.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
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 make a big mistake.
Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:
Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check our for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!
How to Decrypt files infected with iRansom
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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