“Ransomware Detected” Scam Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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This page aims to help you remove “Ransomware Detected” Scam. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If your computer has been invaded by a program with the name “Ransomware Detected”, then you have likely experienced a series of changes in your favorite Chrome, Firefox, Edge or other browser. These changes usually include a new homepage and/or a new default search engine. In addition to that, you might find yourself frequently being redirected to various unfamiliar websites as you try to browse the web. Furthermore, many users report seeing large quantities of online ads, such as popups, banners, in-text links and box messages regardless of the websites they’re on. All of this is very typical of a software type known as browser hijackers, to which “Ransomware Detected” happens to belong. Whether or not you are familiar with the term, you are probably on this page because you are seeking for a way to remove “Ransomware Detected” from your computer. And we will be more than happy to offer you our removal guide, which is located just below this article. You can use it to safely and fully delete the annoying browser hijacker, but before you do, you might want to learn a little more about what exactly it’s been up to on your PC.

The danger level of browser hijackers

To begin with, hijackers are not the same as viruses or malware – we’d like to be very clear on that. They do not have the capacity to install themselves voluntarily on your computer and they also possess no harmful qualities in the same sense that Trojans, ransomware and other viruses do. They can’t corrupt data, extract sensitive or confidential information from the machines they’re on and they also cannot spy in any way, shape or form on users. However, as they don’t really offer any useful qualities for the end user and still possess a set of rather dubious traits, experts classify them as potentially unwanted programs or PUPs.

“Ransomware Detected” Scam Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


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 (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). 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 together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.


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.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.



  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).


Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove “Ransomware Detected” from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove “Ransomware Detected” from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “Ransomware Detected” from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.


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 Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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!

One of these dubious qualities is the fact that browser hijackers like “Ransomware Detected” can, in fact, expose you to malicious programs without necessarily aiming to do so. One possible way is through the many page redirects that users experience. Constantly being hurled from one URL to the next could potentially land you on some suspicious website that you’d rather not venture to. Some of these websites could be infected with malware and, thus, it’s possible for you to get infected. Another thing that would lead to such an outcome would be the fact that many programs of the browser hijacker type tend to meddle with the registry files on the computers they get installed on. As a result, this can weaken the system’s defense mechanisms and make it more vulnerable to malware attacks.

Furthermore, a program like “Ransomware Detected” could in time make your PC sluggish, irresponsive and less productive. And nobody wants to deal with lags, program or even system crashes and waste their precious time or something to load. This is due to all the ads that are constantly generated in the background, as they require CPU time and RAM. So as result, your computer suffers less disk space and becomes ‘overworked’ with unnecessary background processes. In addition to generating ads, the hijacker may also require your PCs resources to analyze your browsing patterns so as to gain ‘traffic data’. This, in turn, helps it optimize its online advertising campaigns for each and every individual computer it’s been installed on.

And speaking of installation, you probably don’t even know where “Ransomware Detected” came from to begin with. As we already pointed out earlier, one of the key differences between browser hijackers and malware is the fact that they cannot self-install on your PC. What does this mean? It means you installed it on your own, but you likely didn’t realize you were. This often happens as a result of downloading some program that has had the hijacker (perhaps along with other programs) bundled with it. This is the developers’ way of making sure that their software is indeed distributed, because nobody would willingly download a browser hijacker, just for fun. So they trick you into installing it alongside some more attractive software. This can actually easily be avoided if you simply pay more attention to the installation process of any new programs and be sure to always use the more detailed Custom or Advanced settings of the installer. That way you will likely be given the chance to opt out of any added components.


Name “Ransomware Detected”
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Browser changes, large numbers of popups, banners, box messages, in-text links, etc.
Distribution Method Program bundles available for free download on various file-sharign websites
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.

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