This page aims to help you remove the .r5a File Virus. These the .r5a File Virus removal instructions work for all versions of Windows.
the .r5a File Virus is a type of software classified as Ransomware. It gets its name from the fact that it will actually demand a ransom in return for granting you access to your own data, which it encrypted in the first place. These programs are among the nastiest viruses that could possibly enter your computer and the worst part is – even once you’ve successfully removed them that will still not enable you to open and use your files again. We have, however, designed this guide to walk you through the process of both uninstalling the .r5a File Virus and decrypting your coded files. Despite this method perhaps not being 100% effective (there is a slight chance some files might remain encrypted even after completing these instructions), we still highly recommend you go through them first, before attempting to contact the cyber-criminals, who unleashed the virus on you. Please note, that the present instructions will not in any way alter your files, therefore it is completely safe to use them.
A little about the .r5a File Virus and what it does
Ransomware was predominantly present in Russia and first appeared as far back as in the nineties. It was a big ‘hit’ back then, but has since only grown in popularity. Nowadays, literally any computer with access to the Internet in any part of the world is exposed the risk of being infected by the virus. It is distributed mainly with the help of a Trojan horse virus, which will in the majority of cases be sent to you via email. It will contain either an attachment in the form of some file (any file!) or a link to some webpage. Whatever the case, by opening either one of those enclosed things you will be allowing the Trojan to automatically download the .r5a File Virus onto your computer and you won’t even know what hit you. This is partly what makes ransomware so dangerous – it’s practically undetectable. In rare cases you might be able to sense something is wrong, especially if your computer isn’t quite the fastest machine out there and there is a lot of data stored on it. This will result in your PC being incredibly slow, and once you notice this, you should open your Task Manager and sort the processes by memory used. If in the top of the list you see something you don’t recognize and it seems suspicious, immediately shut down your computer and turn to a professional for help.
But since you’re already here, seeking how to deal with the .r5a File Virus, it must have already made its presence known to you and that means its dirty work is done. When it has finished encrypting your files, you will probably see a message on your screen informing you of the same and telling you to pay a certain amount in exchange for the encryption key. It might even be threatening to increase the amount, if you don’t pay the requested sum on time. Perhaps it will even get you to believe that your files will be lost forever, if you don’t pay up. Well, the good news is that none of this has to necessarily be true and you shouldn’t allow these cyber-criminals to scare you into complying with their demands.
What to do and how to be safe in the future
This is by all means yours and only your decision to make, therefore we cannot tell you to pay the ransom or not to. Here is some food for thought, though:
Consider that you are dealing with genuine criminals on the other side of the screen. They may not be running around with guns or putting a knife to your throat, but they broke into your property and stole your access to that property. What makes you think they should keep their end of the bargain and send you the key? Also, even if they do send it, nobody can guarantee that the key will work and all your files will be restored. And refunds are certainly not available. Sure, our methods don’t offer 100% guarantees either, but at least we aren’t going to charge you for them and we can promise you they won’t tamper with your files or change them in any way.
As for preventing things like this from happening again, we recommend you at all times have a working antivirus and run virus checks regularly. Avoid hanging out on shady, potentially dangerous websites and be extremely cautious when opening emails from unknown sources, especially those with attachments and/or links.
Remove .r5a File Virus
You are dealing with a ransomware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to decrypt and recover your encrypted files (if it is currently possible).
You can find the removal guide here.