RanRan Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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

Ransomware is without a doubt among the most feared cyber threats to date. Today we will be looking at a specific representative of this malware category better known as RanRan. If your machine has been invaded by RanRan and you have found that it has encrypted the files you had stored on it, then read on, because the information here will help you better understand the malware that you are currently faced with. We’re not going to lie – this is a serious issue and cyber security experts are working day and night to come up with effective solutions to this virus type, but so far the hackers and cyber criminals behind such threats are still a step ahead of the rest of us. Nevertheless, we advise you not to panic, as there may be chance of recovery for your system and files. We have designed a removal guide specifically for cases like yours, which you may use to remove the virus. This is an essential step necessary prior to taking any other actions. After that you will also find instructions that may prove helpful in restoring some or all of the affected data.

What is ransomware? Why is it so dangerous?

Ransomware is the general term for malicious programs that place an encryption on certain components of their victim’s system. What makes these viruses especially dangerous is the fact that they usually go completely unnoticed, even as they’re fulfilling their criminal task. Most of the time they are able to infiltrate the user’s system without any indication whatsoever, after which they begin to create encrypted of the targeted files. And oftentimes even the best antivirus programs may let this slip past their guard, as encryption is not in itself a malicious process. In fact, it doesn’t really cause any actual damage, but rather acts as a sort of security measure, only the result of it is that the victim users are locked out of their own data.

How RanRan spreads

We cannot say for sure in what exact way you personally contracted RanRan, but we can outline the most common methods that hackers and cyber criminals tend to rely on for the purpose of spreading their malware. First of all, spam emails are still as popular a method as ever, as people don’t seem to learn not to trust random emails that get sent to them. If you happen to come across a message, be it in your email or on some other messaging platform, like most social media, that appears to be offering you to follow a link or download an attachment for whatever shady reason – ignore it. Or better yet – delete it. And do not under any circumstances attempt to download or open any of its attachments, as that is usually where the ransomware or other piece of malware is embedded. Alternatively, malvertisements or fake ads are just as widespread, if not even more so. They basically look like any other online ad that you may come across, such as a popup or a banner, with the only difference that upon clicking on them you will probably download a malicious program. Malvertisements are notorious for causing ransomware infections, so our advice in this regard is to avoid any and all contact with online advertising materials. This should especially concern ads that promote giveaways or other ‘free cheese’ offers that are more often than not untrue at best.

The ransom payment and what you can do to protect yourself from now on

You may or may not be considering paying the requested ransom amount in the hopes that it will make things better and you can simply move on with your life. The disappointing statistics show that this is not likely to be the case. Paying the ransom oftentimes results in the criminals disappearing with the victim’s money, never to be heard of again. Naturally, no decryption key is sent and the files remain inaccessible. Aside from that, by paying the criminals money you would basically be encouraging them to continue harassing people. Our recommendation would be to try the removal guide below and see if that helps restore your files and potentially also trying to find a decryption tool. There are a number of them available online, most of them – free of charge. But the best thing you can start doing from now on is backing up your files and keeping them on a separate drive. This will not only render the effects of potential ransomware attacks futile, but also provide a good backup in case of system crashes or other unforeseen circumstances.


Name RanRan
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

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

RanRan Ransomware Removal



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).



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. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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:

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:


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.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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!


How to Decrypt RanRan files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!

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