This page aims to help you remove PadCrypt Ransomware. These PadCrypt Ransomware removal instructions work for all versions of Windows.
PadCrypt Ransomware is one of the latest additions to the ransomware virus family and if you have it on your computer, then you are in some serious trouble. These viruses are particularly nasty because they leave lasting damage – they will encrypt all of your files making them unreadable and the files will not be reverted when you remove the virus. This means that it is much easier to prevent your computer from becoming infected by the virus than it is to deal with the consequences afterward. Luckily there are some tricks you can attempt in order to recover your files without paying your files and we will give you a detailed explanation on how to perform them in our removal guide. Before that you need to learn a few facts about PadCrypt Ransomware and ransomware in general if you are to successfully deal with it.
PadCrypt Ransomware – issues to be aware of
If you are reading this article, then it is likely that the virus has already revealed itself and all of your files are encrypted. You should know that your PC has been harboring the virus for some time before this happened – depending on the size and number of the encrypted files it could have been several hours or even days. It is possible to recognize and shut down a ransomware virus before it encrypts all of your files if you look for the symptoms – general PC slowdown, program unresponsiveness, instability. The encryption process itself is quite CPU/Memory intensive and it will task your computer heavily. If you notice a sudden drop of performance you should immediately open your Task Manager and look for the process that uses most system resources. If it is unfamiliar or if it looks like a duplicate windows process of service you can shut it down and temporarily stop the ransomware. The best course of action would then be to turn off your computer and seek from a professional from another PC.
PadCrypt Ransomware uses a high-grade encryption protocol when it targets files – the file extension added at the end of encrypted files is merely an indication that these files have already been encrypted. These files are not the actual files you had, but merely encrypted copies of them. The original files were deleted as soon as the encrypted copy was created. Renaming the files you see will not restore them, but may actually hinder your real effort to remedy the situation.
- DO NOT rename or delete the encrypted copies until you’ve recovered the original files!
Paying the ransom – is it worth it?
Recovering encrypted files is definitely not easy and some people will consider simply paying the ransom. This can help, but it is also what the hackers want you to do and it leaves you into a risky position.
It is usually not in the best interest of the criminals to screw their clients (or nobody would ever pay), but incidents do happen frequently. It is entirely possible for people who decide to pay to receive nothing or keys that don’t work at all. And you can’t exactly call customer service or demand a refund either.
Also, consider the fact that any money earned this way will be used to improve the virus and release new versions of it. This puts not only many more people at risk, but you’re your own computer as well.
Our advice is to try the two recovery methods listed in the removal guide and see how of your files you were able to restore. You can then decide if it’s worth taking the risk of paying money to the cyber criminals.
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Remove PadCrypt Ransomware
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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.
The first thing you must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this. PadCrypt Ransomware 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!
This is the most important and difficult part. If you delete the wrong file, it may damage your system irreversibly. If you can not do this,
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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 PadCrypt Ransomware
There is only one known way to remove this virus successfully – reversing your files to a time when they were not infected. There are two options you have for this:
The first is a full system restore. To do this type System Restore in the windows search field and choose a restore point. Click Next until done.
Your second option is a program called Recuva
Go to the official site for Recuva and download it from there – the free version has everything you currently need.
When you start the program select the files types you want to recover. You probably want all files.
Next select the location. You probably want Recuva to scan all locations.
Now click on the box to enable Deep Scan. The program will now start working and it may take a really long time to finish – maybe even several hours if your HDD is really big, so be patient and take a break if necessary.
You will now get a big list of files to pick from. Select all relevant files you need and click Recover.
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