Prnds belongs to the category of malicious code known as ransomware. Prnds is among the file-encrypting subtype variants, which means that it encrypts the files on its victims’ computers.
Ransomware of this kind can target a very wide range of different file formats. So pretty much all popular files types will go: pictures, videos, audio files, databases, text documents – you name it. However, the process of encrypting these files is a tedious one and may often take hours to complete. This is due to the fact that first the virus in question needs to scan the system for the files it’s after, and then it needs to start creating encrypted copies of what it finds – on by one, separately. And as it goes, variants like Prnds, Zida, Masodas will also delete the original files, so that at the end of the day the victims are left with a bunch of unrecognizable and essentially useless bits of data.
After this entire process is complete, Prnds will usually generate a ransom note someplace where the victim will see it (e.g. on the desktop of the computer). And in that ransom note the hackers behind the virus will typically state their demands, such as ransom amount, transfer details, deadlines, etc. It’s very common for them to include some form of scare tactic as well, but it’s important to not fall for it or let that define your actions thereafter.
The main point of the note is that you are required to send a certain amount of money in exchange for which you will receive a decryption key. And that key, in turn, is what is set to undo the encryption and make your files usable again. What these cybercriminals won’t tell you, however, is that there are also other options available to you. And we’ll tell you about them in the second part of the removal guide below.
The Prnds virus
The Prnds virus typically acts in complete stealth and doesn’t trigger a response from most antivirus systems. This is due to the fact that the encryption process the Prnds virus uses does not actually do anything to harm the affected data.
Hence, your antivirus program will most likely not prevent the encryption process from happening, nor will it even notify you about it. This is a major advantage that ransomware has and is also one of the main factors that has skyrocketed its numbers in recent years. Furthermore, the use of cryptocurrencies has also propelled the success of this virtual blackmail scheme in that the hackers can hide behind the shield of anonymity that they provide. This is another reason why we encourage ransomware victims to seek alternative methods of handling such infections. Paying the ransom is essentially funding the criminals who are extorting money from you, and the only way to put a stop to that is deny them what they want.
The Prnds file extension
The Prnds file extension is the suffix that’s attached to the end of every encrypted file name. It is because of the Prnds file extension that no software can recognize the encoded data.
|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||Not Available|
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Remove Prnds Ransomware
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
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.
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.
- Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.
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 delete entries not related to the ransomware.
Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:
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!
How to Decrypt Prnds 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!