This page aims to help you remove RAA Ransomware. These RAA Ransomware removal instructions work for all versions of Windows.
If you reached this page, you have probably had a close encounter with a particular form of a cybercrime and RAA Ransomware ransomware may be the possible reason for your troubles. Now, to help you better understand the ransomware that encrypted your files, we will start by saying that this is a malicious script, that has been created to blackmail you for a ransom by keeping your PC’s data hostage. This is a really nasty threat and we will do our best to help you deal with it.
You probably want to know what exactly happened to your files, how did you got infected and is there a way to get your data back to normal. We will cover all these questions and will also give you a few tips on how to prevent such types of ransomware infections in future. So, keep on reading to find out more.
Did RAA Ransomware destroy your files?
You have probably heard that ransomware is really bad for your PC. Now, what does this really mean? Unlike some other malware that steals, corrupts or totally deletes your data once it has infected your PC, RAA Ransomware does not do that. It will not destroy the files in any way. What it does, however, is it simply locks your data. By doing so, it prevents you from having access to it. This is done through a strong encryption algorithm that converts the files into a very complex combination of symbols. This way, the files cannot be recognized and cannot be opened by any program. All the data is still on the computer, but the victim cannot access it.
How did you get infected?
The RAA Ransomware infection usually occurs when users interact with malicious content. Spam e-mails, e-mail attachments, links, torrents and suspicious downloads hide security risks such as Trojan horse infections or other types of viruses. When the computer is compromised by such malware, Ransomware in general uses the security holes let’s say a Trojan horse could create, and sneaks through the system. It starts to infiltrate the data almost without any symptoms and reveals itself with a ransom note on the screen only after the encryption is completed.
Is there any way to break the encryption and restore the files?
Yes, there is, although not through direct decryption. Decryption is possible only through a unique decryption key. And this is what the hackers ask a ransom for. Once the virus encrypts the data, it generates decryption key that is only available to the hackers and they usually ask huge amounts of money for it. Often, hackers give a very short time frame to the victims to pay in case they want to decrypt their data. The ransom is usually demanded in Bitcoins, which is a form of an untraceable online currency. Details on the payment are given in the ransom note that appears on the victim’s screen. All these tactics attempt to scare users and make them act impulsively in order to pay as quickly as possible.
Stop and think about the risk!
Paying the ransom is really the worst thing victims could do. Many security experts, including our “How to remove” team, advise users not to pay a cent to the cybercriminals. It only helps the crooks get rich and turns RAA Ransomware into more profitable “business” scheme. There is also no guarantee that you will really receive the decryption key and that it will work properly. What if it doesn’t? Taking all these risks is really a bad idea.
A few words about ransomware prevention may help
So, start with paying attention to what content you interact with and stay away from suspicious links, attachments, and files. Keeping your system clean from malware is possible with good anti-malware software, therefore, investing in one is a good idea. You can find more suggestions on this on our “Best malware removal tools” page and also google some reputable websites. Another smart thing you can do is to regularly backup your most valuable data into an external drive. This way, you will always have a copy in case the original gets locked or corrupted.
How to remove the RAA Ransomware infection?
While the ransomware is still on the system, the machine is compromised and vulnerable to many more malicious activities. Therefore, removing the infection at first place is a good way to start dealing with this malicious script. Please make sure you closely follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you are not sure how good you can handle the manual process, think about using a removal tool. There are also a few steps that may help you restore some of your data. Check them out and let us know how they worked for you!
|Danger Level||High very dangerous type of cryptovirus that encrypts victim’s files with a strong encryption and demands a ransom)|
|Symptoms||A ransom note appears on the victim’s screen, revealing the infection.|
|Distribution Method||Usually distributed through e-mail attachments, spam messages, torrents, downloads and compromised content.|
|Detection Tool||Ransomware may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Remove RAA Ransomware
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
The first thing you must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this. RAA Ransomware may have hidden some of its files.
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.
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!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 make a big mistake.
Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:
Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check our for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!
How to Decrypt files infected with RAA Ransomware
There is only one known way to remove the virus’ encryption that MAY work (no guarantees) – reversing your files to a previous state. There are two options you have for this:
The first is using a system backup. Search for Backup and Restore in the windows search field —–> “Select another backup to restore files from”
If you have no backups, your option is Recuva
Go to the official site for Recuva and download its free version. When you start the program, select the file types you want to recover. You probably want all files. Next select the location. You probably want Recuva to scan all locations.
Click on the box to enable Deep Scan. The program will now start working and it may take a really long time to finish, so be patient and take a break if necessary.
You will now get a big list of files to pick from. Select all relevant files you need and click Recover.
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