Popcorn Time Ransomware Removal (+ instruction how to recover files)

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This page aims to help you remove the Popcorn Time Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any files can be recovered.

In this article we will describe one version, Popcorn Time Ransomware, of the most dangerous computer viruses known so far – the ones based on Ransomware. They might be different in function, but the most common sort encrypts the files it has determined to be your favorite ones. Such malicious programs need no indirect permission to infect your computer and encode all your important data without giving you any sign of that process. In the general case you only find out about the encryption after you receive the ransom-demanding notification, which normally includes all the details about the payment of the requested amount of money.

Indeed, there is no more malicious sort of software that you can ever come across on the Internet. Ransomware is truly hard to deal with, even for experts and specialists in this field. You have to proceed with great care and read the entire article before making a decision about your next actions. Ransomware-based programs could perform various evil activities on your PC. Nonetheless, generally speaking, we can say that all of them are capable of doing something harmful (stopping you from accessing either your screen, or some files and directories) and then want you to pay their developers, so that they can reverse the process and recover your access to what has been blocked.

Subtypes

As any other kind of malware, Ransomware could also be divided into subgroups:

  • Viruses that only target your FILES (the popular file-encoding subgroup) as Popcorn Time Ransomware does. In this case Popcorn Time Ransomware invades your PC, accesses your disks and drives and finds out which data you most commonly use on a regular basis. The virus then compiles a list with all such files and later on, they get encrypted with a key that is very difficult to crack. Such contamination is among the worst you will ever have to face, as you get no guarantee for removing the virus or for decrypting your data, even if you decide to send money to the hackers.
  • Viruses that only make your screen inaccessible. This Ransomware subtype is very common as well. No files are in real danger, however, you still cannot access them as your entire phone, tablet or computer screen will be covered with a huge ransom-demanding notification that you will not be able to remove before you pay the hackers.

We also want to mention the fact that sometimes Ransomware programs might be used against the hackers themselves. Some agencies use such a code to persuade various cyber criminals to return stolen money or to pay fines for different crimes. Such usage is rare, though.

How could such a seriously harmful program as Popcorn Time Ransomware sneak into your system without any sign?

The process of spreading such malware is usually very subtle. There are typically no signs of the contamination prior to the appearance of the ransom message.  Most of the Ransomware sources ensure an automatic process of infection – you catch the virus immediately after you load/use/download/open the contagious sources. Here they come:

  • Letters from unknown/strange senders both inside your Spam and Inbox folders. One of the most common Ransomware sources is any email that you receive. Not only could the letters themselves be malicious, their attachments could also carry such a virus. In this particular case it is possible that this file-encrypting virus could come along with another Trojan-based one. Trojans are experts at exploiting system and/or program weaknesses and getting the Ransomware inside one’s system. After that the story is clear.
  • Fake update notifications. Sometimes some viruses could display malicious notifications on your monitor that will look like the system-generated ones. We recommend that you perform any update process with extreme cautiousness and check your Windows Update feature, in order to be sure an update is not leading to malware infections.
  • Malvertising. Some banners, boxes, pop-ups and other advertisements that are displayed on the Internet could in fact redirect you to contagious web pages. That is why we advise you not to follow any of them. There is practically no visible difference between the malicious ads and the ordinary ones.

Of course, there could be more sources, but the ones above have been the most common suspects so far.

What to do to avoid and/or fight such an infection?

You need to be especially careful. Remember these things:

  • Paying the requested sum doesn’t mean getting rid of the virus and decrypting your files. Such a contamination is very serious and almost impossible to reverse. Try other solutions before risking your money as well.
  • By other solutions we mean following the instructions in guides like ours below. There we have tried to gather the most efficient pieces of advice. We are not positive it will solve your issue; however, you can at least try. We wish you the best of luck!

SUMMARY:

Name Popcorn Time Ransomware
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Usually it is only very late and the first one is the popping up of the ransom message.
Distribution Method Malicious ads; fake update requests; emails (spam and unrecognized ones); torrents, shareware.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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Remove Popcorn Time Ransomware


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!
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.
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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:

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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:

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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.

Step3

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!

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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Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.

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Step4

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 files infected with Popcorn Time Ransomware

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

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