Philadelphia Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery) April 2017 Update

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

The text below is going to point out everything you need to know about a particular Ransomware version: Philadelphia Ransomware. This encryption-invoking malware is one of the most harmful cyber threats, which can ever happen to you and your PC. Not only is this virus awfully hazardous, but it’s also very hard to remove. Consequently, even the majority of the experts in the field are likely to find it too complicated to deal with such a malicious program or to recover the files affected by it.

Philadelphia Ransomware – a version of Ransomware. More precisely – an encryption-causing virus:

The specific virus that we will pay attention to in this article is named Philadelphia Ransomware. It is a great example of so-called data-encrypting Ransomware programs. What you can expect from such a virus after it has infected your PC are the following activities:

  • To thoroughly scan your hard drives;
  • To compile a list with the location and names of all the data that belongs to specific file types;
  • To lock up all the files from the aforementioned list using a very sophisticated double-component encryption key;
  • After all the files have been blocked – to display an awfully frightening ransom-demanding alert;
  • Typically, such a ransom-requiring message includes some additional threats to motivate you even further to pay the wanted ransom; maybe some payment details and a deadline you should keep.

Usually, the Ransomware-based programs can be grouped into data-encoding, desktop-affecting and mobile-blocking subtypes. We have already discussed what the members of the file-encrypting category do. What the other two subcategories do is prevent you from accessing the desktop of your laptop/desktop PC; or the display of your mobile device (tablet/smartphone). In this case, no data actually is made inaccessible. However, you will be unable to use any desktop/screen items or icons, as they will be hidden by a very big notification saying that you need to pay a certain amount of money in order to access them again.

What is the wisest thing to do after you receive the ransom-demanding message?

Basically, all you should really do is wait before you complete the payment of the required ransom. Giving money to the hackers is NEVER a clever idea and here you will read why. In fact, you will never get any guarantee for the successful restoration of your encrypted files even if you have completed the ransom payment. Normally, the cyber criminals you are facing are people with no values and scruples, and as soon as they have your money, it is very likely that you will never access your data again. Furthermore, they may get even more encouraged to harass more users if they see you have given them your money so easily.

To be honest, prevention is the only thing, which may save you from Ransomware and here we have gathered the most basic prevention tips:

To stay unaffected by Ransomware is the only functioning anti-Ransomware solution. All you need to do is start browsing the Internet in a smart way. One more essential aspect of your system health is the purchase and proper installation of a very good quality anti-virus program. Such a tool is usually able to foresee and prevent any possible contamination before it has occurred. What’s more, just try to avoid the file-encoding Ransomware sources mentioned below, and the chances of catching such a horrible virus will be minimized:

  • Stay away from emails you receive, the senders of which you aren’t able to recognize. More precisely, avoid the ones with suspicious titles or bad writing style. Most of them contain various malicious programs. If you get even a little concerned about the nature of these letters, you should never load them or any of the data/files attached to them.
  • Avoid downloading any email attachments, as malware might be lurking even inside images and text documents.
  • Also, try to stay away from any hyperlinks on websites or inside chat messages if you are not positive the person who is sending them could be trusted.
  • Try to avoid all the pop-up ads that you see on the Internet. Unfortunately, there are really no noticeable differences between the harmless and the dangerous ones. As you cannot distinguish the bad from the good guys, just don’t open any.
  • It is possible to get desktop notifications, which could state that you need to update a certain component in your operating system. Make sure to manually check for updates, as it’s very possible that you can receive malware-containing pop-ups in the form of update requests.

Our solution

While we cannot say our Removal Guide will necessarily completely solve your Ransomware-related problem, we can assure you that we have done our best to make it a working set of instructions. No guarantee could be given to you, but at least you can try it for free. It is located below the table at the bottom of this page.

SUMMARY:

Name Philadelphia
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Often unnoticeable before the generation of the ransom-demanding notification.
Distribution Method Everything on the web – pop-up ads; torrents; spam; shareware; notifications and requests you can see on your monitor; various web pages.
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.

Philadelphia 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. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

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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!
You can possibly recover parasite files by downloading Data Recovery Pro. At minimum, its free scanner can tell you if you can get them back.
Download Data Recovery Pro from here.

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 Philadelphia 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!