The devastating Ransomware is back with its latest version!
The Internet is without a doubt a nice and helpful thing, however, if you are not careful it might reveal to you its darker, harmful and virus infested side – something you surely don’t want to happen. Speaking of malicious programs and viruses, there’s one particular type that stands out from the rest as one of the greatest dangers you can face online. We are talking about none other than the infamous Ransomware and, in this case, [email protected] specifically – a kind of harmful software that can encrypt all your files, making you unable to access them. The encrypted files would have the uncommon extension .Wallet. Now, for some of you this might not look like such a big deal, but those of our readers who use their PC’s for work would certainly understand how problematic landing Ransomware might be. Just imagine all your important documents that you need for your work rendered inaccessible. Furthermore, this particular type of malicious software is notorious for its rapid evolution. Ransomware viruses are getting more and more advanced and difficult to handle with each passing day. This makes it very hard for security software companies to keep up with them and develop solutions for the newer Ransomware programs.
As for this article, we will be focusing on [email protected] – one of the newest viruses of this type. We will give you some crucial information on how it operates and what you can do to prevent it from locking the files on your PC. Also, there’s an [email protected] removal guide just below the article, where you can find detailed instructions on how you could remove the nasty piece of programming and possibly restore your files to their previous state. However, as we already said, bear in mind that Ransomware viruses are some of the most advanced pieces of malicious software. This means that there’s hardly any guarantee that you’d be able to fully resolve all the problems that they might cause. Our guide has the potential of helping you, but is by no means guaranteed to do so. Still, it is one of the best options you might have if you’re currently faced with [email protected]
How does Ransomware operate?
Typical Ransomware gets into your PC either through a spam e-mail that you might have opened or with the help of some other virus like, for example, a Trojan Horse. Once inside, the malicious software copies the targeted files and deletes the originals afterwards. The copies it has made are identical to the originals, but are all encrypted. The only way to access them is if you have a specific code. This code is held by the hackers, who are in control of the virus. Once the encryption process is over, the Ransomware displays a message on your monitor, in which it tells you that you need to pay ransom if you want the decryption code in order to unlock your files. There are also instructions on how you can do that, which usually include using Tor browser and buying a set amount of bitcoins that you’d later use to pay the ransom. Note that due to the fact that the ransom is requested to be paid in bitcoins, should it indeed be paid, there’s almost no chance that users would ever get their money back, since the bitcoin currency is nearly untraceable and the criminal will likely remain anonymous.
Paying the ransom?
Many of you might consider this as a sensible option, given the dire circumstances. However, even when faced with the fact that all your important documents have been rendered inaccessible, it is still a bad idea to pay money to criminals. After all, who’s to guarantee that even if you pay the ransom, you’ll get the code for the encryption? Instead of going for that, try out our guide. There’s also a frequently updated list of decryptor tools that can bust the code for a number of famous Ransomware viruses without you needing to pay anything. You can find the list in the guide.
Whatever the outcome of your current Ransomware issue, you’d certainly need to know how to protect your machine in the future, because this type of viruses is only going to get bigger and more problematic. Therefore, make a mental note of everything that you read here. First of all, get a good anti-virus program and make sure to update it frequently. If you can, get a paid one. Another important thing to keep in mind is that you should be very careful with what and where from you download software. Make sure that you use only reliable sources. Thirdly, do not open any shady e-mails from unknown senders and do not click on any suspicious links, no matter who sends them to you, because even if it is a friend, their PC might have been infected by a spam bot that sends malicious links to everyone. Next, back-up all your important files on a separate device that has no connection to the internet and do not attach that device to your PC if you suspect that the computer might be infected by Lavand[email protected] or another virus. Last but not least, if you notice any strange PC behavior and especially if you have suspiciously little free-disk space, it might be due to Ransomware that’s currently encrypting your files. If that’s the case, shut your PC down and get a professional to take a look at it.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware are by far the worse threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||In most cases Ransomware would significantly affect your PC’s performance due to the higher CPU, RAM and free space usage required during the encryption. Therefore, if you notice any of that, it might be due to a Ransomware infection.|
|Distribution Method||Spam e-mails and Trojan Horses that serve as a gateway into your PC are usually the prefferred method.|
[email protected] File Ransomware Removal
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).
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.
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.
- 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 [email protected]
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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