PyCL Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

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

The text that you are about to read concerns one of the most horrible types of malware, which is recently raging on the web like nothing else – Ransomware. To be more precise, there is one freshly detected version of Ransomware, which we are going to discuss here and its name is PyCL. The dreadful consequences of being infected with this new threat include a nasty file encryption, which doesn’t let you access your data and ask you to pay ransom, to get it back. If your PC has been attacked by it recently, here you are going to find some very helpful information about the way this Ransomware operates and a detailed removal guide that may help you remove it.

PyCL Ransomware – the worst kind of infection you could ever have!

We don’t want to get you panicked right at the beginning, but we have to say that Ransomware infections are among the worst kind of infections you could come across nowadays. These malicious pieces of software are created generally to help hackers execute a really nasty scheme of online blackmail. They basically work on the principle of attacking the victim’s computer silently and preventing its access from the entire PC or from the data, found on it. A special secret encryption is usually used for that, which locks either the screen of the infected machine (Screen-encrypting Ransomware) or the files found on the hard drives ( file-encrypting Ransomware) and asks the victims to pay a certain amount of money as ransom if they want to regain their access.

PyCL operates as typical File-encrypting Ransomware, which blocks the access to certain files by using a special encryption. Almost immediately after all the most commonly used file types are secretly encrypted, the victim receives a ransom note on its screen. There, the hackers behind the Ransomware normally place their demands as well as the exact payment instructions and deadlines. If the payment is done promptly, the criminals usually promise to send a special decryption key, which can decrypt the encrypted files and bring them to their previous state. However, it is a common practice for them to vanish with the money, without sending the decryption key and leaving the victims with their files encrypted forever.

Is there a way to counteract the nasty blackmail scheme?

Many security experts work day and night to offer solutions that can counteract infections like PyCL Ransomware. However, in most of the Ransomware cases, there isn’t really a universal solution that can provide a full recovery from such an attack. Some of the advanced encryptions that threats like PyCL use may be impossible to reverse without the secret decryption key that is in the hacker’s possession. In the worst case scenario, a full reinstall of your PC may be required to remove the Ransomware. This, however, may lead to the complete loss of all the data, which is stored there. Therefore, acting out of fear not to lose their files, many people agree to pay the required ransom in the hope of receiving the key and saving them. Unfortunately, submitting to the hackers’ demands only helps the criminals to continue with their nasty blackmail scheme and become richer and richer every time someone agrees to pay. For the victims who put their money at risk, on the other hand, there is no guarantee that they will receive a decryption key, let alone that it will work properly to reverse the malicious encryption.

That’s why security experts strongly advise users not to pay the ransom. Looking for other possible solutions may be a better option, which will not cost them a fortune and may eventually help them save some of their data. The people, attacked by PyCL Ransomware may consult with a good computing expert, with experience in combating Ransomware threats, search for some specialized decryption software, which may help them deal with the infection or use a specially created Removal Guide, just like the one below, to remove the threat and eventually restore some of their files on their own. Either of these options is risk-free and definitely wiser than paying ransom to a group or cyber criminals, and despite that it cannot magically recover your PC from the harmful consequences, it is worth to give it a try.

How to protect your PC?

Ransomware threats are lurking everywhere on the web, that’s why you should always be cautious when surfing the Internet. If you are careless, you may easily catch malware of this type again, especially if you frequently interact with different spam messages, pop-ups and intrusive ads, shady emails that come in your inbox, pirate content or illegal software and insecure web pages. That’s why, stay away from such content as much as possible, install a trusted antivirus on your system and make sure there are no vulnerabilities on your machine.

SUMMARY:

Name PyCL
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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PyCL 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. 

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 PyCL 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!