Paymen45 Ransomware


Paymen45 is a file-encrypting virus that blocks its victims’ most valuable files using a nearly unbreakable encryption algorithm. The goal of Paymen45 is to force you to send money to its creators by keeping your data inaccessible until the payment is made.

Paymen45 Ransomware

Once the Paymen45 Ransomware has encrypted your files it will leave a readme.txt file.

Currently, the category of viruses known as Ransomware (to which Paymen45 belongs) is very widespread and popular among the different kinds of Internet criminals. Their purpose is simple – to extort money from as many people as possible by using the victims’ inability to access their most important data as leverage.

Even if not everyone is willing (or able) to pay the ransom, the profits made by this type of malware are still significant. One of the main contributing factors to the high effectiveness of this virus category is the fact that there is no universal way of dealing with such a threat once it has already entered the computer and encrypted the targeted files. Sadly, even the most advanced and modern antivirus solutions can do little against the encryption used by the Ransomware once it has already been applied to the victims’ files. Also, even before the files get encrypted, most conventional antivirus tools seem to fail at detecting the Ransomware. This could partially be due to the non-harmful nature of the encryption process in the sense that it doesn’t really damage the user’s files or anything else on the computer for that matter.

The Paymen45 virus

The Paymen45 virus is an advanced form of malware capable of making most of its victims’ files unavailable through the use of data encryption. The Paymen45 virus can be found inside the attachments of spam emails or hiding behind fake online ads and update requests.

Another way Ransomware could find its way into your computer is if another malware program known as a backdoor Trojan helps it get there. Oftentimes, these two groups of malware work together, which further boosts their effectiveness. If a disguised Trojan that you’ve accidentally downloaded is used to deliver a Ransomware virus to your computer, it is also possible that the Trojan blocks your antivirus and also prevents you from installing a new security tool in order to make you unable to detect the Ransomware and/or stop it from locking your files.

The Paymen45 file encryption

The Paymen45 file encryption is the process that enables the hackers behind this virus to ensure that none of your files can be accessed. The Paymen45 file encryption has a corresponding decryption key that is different for each computer.

Obviously, the goal of the criminals is to make you pay for that key. However, we advise against doing so due to the possibility of still not receiving the key after you’ve sent your money to the criminals. A much wiser solution would be to try completing the removal guide we have on this page and then explore the alternative file-recovery suggestions we will offer you down below. While they may not work in all cases of Ransomware infections, they are free to try so it’s better to first opt for them and then, if they prove to be ineffective and if you are still adamant about doing everything in your power to restore your files, maybe consider the more radical option of the ransom payment.


Name Paymen45
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Ransomware may cause your computer to become sluggish, experience errors, and use large portions of its system resources during the ongoing encryption process.
Distribution Method Sites that distribute pirated content and/or have lots of flashy clickbait ads are common sources of malicious software, including Ransomware cryptoviruses like Paymen45.
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How To Remove Paymen45 Ransomware

Paymen45 Ransomware

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).

Paymen45 Ransomware


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

Paymen45 Ransomware

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. 

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.

Paymen45 Ransomware

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:

Paymen45 Ransomware

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:

Paymen45 Ransomware

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.

Paymen45 Ransomware

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!

Paymen45 Ransomware 

How to Decrypt Paymen45 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!


About the author


Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.


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