Iron Ransomware Removal (+.encry File Recovery)


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

Ransomware is just that type of malware that you really don’t want to experience, ever. Sure, one could argue that any type of malicious software is to be avoided but while there are a lot of lesser virus types that can be somewhat easily handled, this same thing cannot be said with regards to the notorious Ransomware type. Viruses like Iron (a Ransomware version that we will be focusing down below) truly are some of the nastiest, worst possible malware threats that you can come across while surfing the Internet. In the lines below, we can offer you some important information with regards to this malware hazard as well as provide you with a number of especially valuable tips and pieces of advice. Last, but not least, you will find a guide that might help you remove the infection and possibly restore some of your encrypted files (more on that below). 

Iron Ransomware

Encryption stays after the malware is removed!

One other highly-problematic aspect regarding the Ransomware cryptovirus category is the fact that even if the user manages to remove the malware from their computer, the files will still likely remain locked. Additional steps are required to reverse the sealing process and oftentimes it might not be possible to recover the data without the key. There are some potential methods that might help and we have added those to the removal guide manual for Iron Ransomware down below but we can’t guarantee how effective they would be in each separate case. Still, we highly recommend you first try out the guide we have provide our readers with before you even consider making the payment to the hackers. Remember that those cyber-criminals only care for the money they are about to get – from their point of view it doesn’t really matter if you manage to restore your files and there are indeed a lot of instances of people who have made the money transfer without receiving a functioning key (or any key whatsoever).

Iron 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!

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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Scan Results


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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.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware & virus scanner is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase its full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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 Iron 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!

Ransomware, cryptoviruses, file encryption

As you might have guessed from the end of our introduction paragraph, Iron is a type of Ransomware that has the ability to lock-up the user’s files. The reason the virus does this is so that the hackers who use it could later blackmail the unfortunate victim for a ransom payment. According to the hackers, unless the money is paid by the user, the latter will not be able to access the encrypted files. This is basically how most Ransomware viruses that belong to the cryptovirus sub-category operate and there are a couple of important things to be mentioned regarding this particular type of malware that uses encryption to achieve its malicious goals.

First of all, encryption processes are not something inherently damaging or harmful. The main purpose of encryption is, in fact, to keep the files protected from unauthorized access. The thing is, though, that all of this gets reverted when such a process is exploited by a virus of the Ransomware class. Obviously, the only people who initially hold the key that is needed for the unlocking of the files would be the hackers who have initiated the malware attack. It is this special key which is the object of the Ransomware blackmailing scheme. The user would be told to pay in order to be send the key which is oftentimes the only thing that could recover the sealed files. Now, due to the otherwise harmless nature of the encryption and due to the absence of any actual damage to anything on the computer, it is highly possible that even if there is a reliable antivirus installed on the computer, the infection would still go unnoticed as the antivirus program might ignore the ongoing encryption. Again, the reason for that would be the the lack of any malicious/damaging activity. This detection issue makes Ransomware very difficult to catch in time making such infections highly successful with very low rate of detection prior to the completion of the encryption process.

PC protection

Most malware infections require the user to make a mistake so, naturally, the best way to protect yourself and your system/data form Ransomware would be to be extremely careful and vigilant at all times. Never go to sites you don’t know if you can trust and never interact with any web content that doesn’t seem reliable – there are all sorts of malicious ads, spam messages, phishing banner, misleading offers, fake update requests and many more forms potentially dangerous online content that you need to avoid in order to be safe. Two other extremely valuable tips is to always have a good antivirus so it could fend off backdoor Trojans that can be used for Ransomware distribution and to also keep copies of your most valuable data files on separate backup locations as a contingency measure.

SUMMARY:

Name Iron
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms PC slow-down due to increased CPU and RAM are typically the most common symptoms caused by Ransoware infections,
Distribution Method Shady webads, fake update requests, spam messages, illegal sites, etc.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.


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