This page aims to help you remove .Promoz Virus Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Promoz file can be recovered.
File-encrypting viruses like .Promoz Ransomware are one of the most widespread and problematic software threats nowadays. The name of the category they belong to is Ransomware. The Ransomware virus category, however, doesn’t solely consist of viruses that encrypt the user’s files. There are several other types of Ransomware threats such as the screen-lockers that put your whole PC on lockdown by putting a big banner on the screen and making it impossible to interact with any of the programs, menus, folders, files, etc. Another less common yet still highly problematic form of Ransomware are the so-called Leakware viruses which steal sensitive data from the user’s machine and then threaten to make it public. The common thing between all Ransomware subtypes is that such viruses are always used to blackmail their victims. The premise is that if the user pays the requested ransom sum, the effect of the virus would be reverted – the files would get unlocked, the screen-locking banner would go away and the sensitive files stolen by the Leakware virus wouldn’t be posted online. However, in many cases the hackers might not keep their promise and simply take the money from the user without doing (or not doing) what they’ve promised to do (or not do)
Out of all Ransomware variants, the one that is considered the nastiest and the one we are going to be focusing in the next lines will be the so-called cryptovirus Ransomware sub-type. .Promoz is an example of such a virus – it is a malicious piece of malware that uses encryption to put the targeted user files on lockdown thus making them inaccessible unless a special key is used to revoke the encryption. Naturally, only the hackers initially have access to the said key and they use that to blackmail their victims. This type of Ransomware is also the most widespread and commonly-encountered one. In fact, the most likely reason why you are currently reading this write-up is probably because you have already encountered a cryptovirus such as .Promoz and you are looking for a way to revert its encryption. If that is your case, know that the guide below might help you get rid of .Promoz and make your PC safe again. However, though there is a file restoration section in the following guide, we can’t promise you that you will be able to restore your files. There is a reason why cryptovirus infections like this one are considered to be some of the worst.
Things you should know about Ransomware
Viruses that fall under the Ransomware cryptovirus category are highly-advanced pieces of malware. The encryption they use is usually very complex and though many experts do their best to come up with new ways of counteracting the latest malware infections of this category, the hackers who use Ransomware still seem to be several steps ahead. One of the main problems here is that the removal of the virus won’t really solve everything. Sure, there will no longer be a malicious program on the PC and this is the first step towards restoring the files but in order to really deal with the encryption, other methods need to be applied and sadly, currently, there aren’t any surefire ways of dealing with each separate cryptovirus’ encryption. For instance, in contrast to that, when dealing with a screen-locker Ransomware infection, it is enough to get rid of the malware and the lockdown on the computer would go away. Sadly, however, with cryptovirus infections like .Promoz things are different for the worse.
One other major problem regarding this type of malware is the fact that it typically is very unlikely for the user to spot the virus on time and intercept its activities so that the files do not get locked. The reason for that is two-fold. Firstly, there are very few and very difficult to notice symptoms (normally, only a certain increase in the RAM, CPU and HDD use during the encryption period). Secondly, since nothing on the computer really gets damaged by the virus, it is likely that even the antivirus that might be on the PC may fail to detect the ongoing infection.
Things you can do to protect your PC and files in the future
The best way to deal with any cryptovirus program is to have a backup of your files. If you have your files backed-up, all you’d need to do is remove the infection and then restore your files from the backup. Naturally, if you want to keep your system safe, it is also really important to avoid sketchy sites and pages and also to never click on or download stuff that could be hazardous (spam e-mail attachments, too-good-to-be-true online offers, shady ads, pirated programs, etc.).
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