.Payday Virus File Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery) Nov. 2017 Update

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

Ransomware is not a new threat. This type of malware has been around the web for quite some time, but its recent versions have come up with more malicious and more sophisticated abilities than ever. One of the freshly discovered Ransomware samples that has been rapidly increasing the number of its victims is called .Payday Ransomware and in this article, we are going to discuss all of its specifics, possible methods of counteraction and removal. According to the latest reports, .Payday Ransomware Ransomware is responsible for the mass encryption of various system files and users’ data, found inside the infected computers. This cryptovirus is programmed to apply a secret encrypting algorithm to some of the most commonly used file types with the idea to prevent the victims from accessing them until they pay a certain amount of money as ransom. To reverse the encryption and access their data again, the users are asked to strictly fulfill the hackers’ ransom demands, otherwise, they are threatened to never be able to reverse the encryption.

.Payday Ransomware

If you have been infected, there are very few things that might help you counteract a Ransomware attack, and even if we don’t want to sound pessimistic, it is true that in most of the cases, it is extremely difficult to recover completely from the malicious encryption and its effects. Even paying the ransom may not guarantee that you will get your files back and in the majority of cases, losing your money is the only thing that will happen if you agree to fulfill the hackers’ demands. Still, there are a few options that may potentially help you remove .Payday Ransomware and minimize the negative effects of its attack and in the next lines, we are going to tell you more about them.

How does .Payday Ransomware operate?

Ransomware threats like .Payday Ransomware are typically very tricky. They spread all around the web with the help of various malicious transmitters such as fake ads, infected links, compromised websites, torrents, malicious installers, exploit kits and even Trojan horse infections. What makes them so dangerous for any system is the fact that they can sneak around any security software that you may have on your PC without being detected. The reason is that most of the antivirus programs that are available often may fail to detect the file encryption process that the Ransomware initiate as malicious and this way, let it complete without any interruption. Once inside, the threat will scan the computer for specific file types such as documents, images, audio or video files, archives, databases, etc. and will convert them into unreadable pieces of data. It will not corrupt or dele them, and they will be still present on the hard drive that’s why your antivirus will most likely not be able to figure out what exactly is happening and won’t notify you about the process. The ransom notification that appears on the screen after the encryption has completed is usually the only visible sign of the infection.

.Payday Virus File 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!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. 

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If for some reason it doesn't remove parasite, go to "Spyware HelpDesk" ----> "Select Problem Type" -----> "Unremoved Parasit.e"

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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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.

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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 .Payday Ransomware 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!

How can you fight the malicious consequences of .Payday Ransomware?

If you have been infected with .Payday Ransomware, you are probably here to learn how to deal with this Ransomware and how to possibly save some of your data. Sadly, we cannot promise you miracles and will not tell you that everything will be the same as it has been before the attack. You basically have two options on how to handle the Ransomware. The first thing that you might be thinking of is the ransom payment. Indeed, the hackers may act as they really want to help you by giving you a special decryption key. It is just that you have to pay a “small” and “symbolic” amount of money to get it. This might look like the easy way out if only it worked that way. Once you pay the ransom, it is very likely that you won’t receive anything because the hackers will be gone the moment they receive the money. Unfortunately, this is a very common practice which leaves the victims without money and without any decryption solution. Besides, paying the ransom only makes the hackers richer and sponsors their blackmail scheme.

Instead of falling into that trap, we would recommend you to try all the alternative options first. One of them is to remove .Payday Ransomware, which you can do with the help of the instructions in the guide below. Using the professional removal tool is also a reliable way to get rid of the infection. Once you have cleaned your PC, you can use it safely and proceed to your file-restoration attempts. As we already mentioned, this may not be that easy, but we advise you to check your cloud storage, external drives or other non-infected devices for copies or backups of your encrypted files. You can also give a try to our file-restoration instructions or contact a professional for additional assistance instead of paying ransom to the crooks.

SUMMARY:

Name .Payday
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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