RAGNAROK Ransomware

RAGNAROK Ransomware

RAGNAROK is ransomware of the utmost dangerous type. Namely, RAGNAROK is a file-encrypting ransomware variant. And this means that once it invades its victims’ computers, it proceeds to encrypt all the most-used file types on it. As a result, users are no longer able to access these files and they are forced to pay a certain (usually quite large) amount of money in order to regain this access.

RAGNAROK Ransomware

The RAGNAROK Ransomware will encrypt all your files with the .ragnarok extension.

If this is your case, then you most likely only found out about this terrible infection thanks to the chilling notification that appeared on your screen informing you of the malicious process that had already taken place. Normally, the hackers behind the virus will also include payment details and instructions on when and how to make the transfer. And as a rule, they always tend to request that the money be paid in Bitcoin or some other type of cryptocurrency, because this enables them to remain anonymous and prevent being tracked by the authorities.

Our advice to you is to take a deep breath and not take any drastic action right away. Whatever you do, it’s important that you first remove RAGNAROK from your system, because otherwise you risk repeating the whole process again even if you do manage to recover your files in the meantime. For this we can provide you with a handy removal guide which you will find on this same page, below the current post.

The RAGNAROK virus

The RAGNAROK virus is among the trickiest types of malware in existence. The encryption that the RAGNAROK virus uses can be incredibly difficult to reverse and is what makes this ransomware so harmful. In addition, the encryption is also what allows ransomware like this particular variant to go unnoticed and work under the radar of most antivirus programs.

The thing is that encryption is not in itself a malicious process as it does not damage or harm the affected pieces of data. Much on the contrary, originally encryption is actually used as a means to protect data and it’s what we all rely on to safely make purchases online, for example, so that no one can get ahold of our banking details. However, the hackers in this case use it for criminal purposes and with the intention of extorting money from their victims.

The RAGNAROK file distribution

The RAGNAROK file distribution typically happens with the help of a backdoor virus. Normally, the RAGNAROK file distribution is ensured by a Trojan horse. And how it happens is you can get infected with a Trojan by opening a contaminated email attachment or clicking on a malicious ad, for example. Then, the Trojan immediately downloads the ransomware, which in turn gets to work and begins to scan your system for the target file types right away.

For this reason, after you have removed RAGNAROK from your computer, we recommend running a scan for Trojans as well. This is among the most common distribution tactics, and if it’s how you ended up infected, then you don’t know whether the Trojan might download another ransomware virus onto your computer later. 


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.
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Detection Tool

RAGNAROK Ransomware Removal

RAGNAROK Ransomware

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).

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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    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!

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    How to Decrypt RAGNAROK 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!


    About the author


    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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