Remove Testpayload Ransomware (+File Recovery)


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

Ransomware virus programs are widespread malware threats that are developed to serve the purpose of blackmailing and money extortion. The way such malicious programs achieve their goal is by encrypting the files on the user’s PC or by locking-up the PC itself and demanding a ransom payment for the removal of the lockdown. This separates the Ransomware virus category into two subgroups that differ in the way the function. The first one, the so-called screen-lockers Ransomware threats, tend to block the access to the infected machine through the use of a simply pop-up banner that gets superimposed onto the screen of the infiltrated machine. The idea is that the said banner would cover everything on the screen meaning that the user wouldn’t be able to access or interact with any folder, program or menu and their only way of regaining access to their screen would be through paying the hackers the demanded ransom sum. The screen-locker viruses, however, are not that advanced and it is oftentimes possible to deal with them manually as long as the user knows what the necessary steps that need to be taken are. The second major form of Ransomware are the cryptoviruses and those threats tend to be much more advanced in comparison to their screen-locker counterparts. One recently reported example of a Ransomware cryptovirus threat is the nasty Testpayload malware program and if you currently have that malware piece on your PC, we advise you to keep on reading in order to learn what your possible options for dealing with it might be.

Testpayload and cryptoviruses

The cryptovirus Ransomware programs like Testpayload employ the encryption process through which they are able to render any personal data located on the infected PC inaccessible to the machine’s user until the ransom is paid. The only way to “unlock” the encryption is through the use of a specialized decryption key that the virus generates. However, this key is initially only available to on the hacker’s server who will supposedly send it to you if you make the requested payment. And this is where the inevitable question comes: Is paying the ransom ever a viable option? To be honest with you, the answer here might vary depending on each separate situation. Typically, going for the payment “option” isn’t the most advisable course of action as you can easily lose your money without receiving the needed key. Oftentimes the hackers simply take the ransom sum and “forget” to send back the decryption details which is why you can never be sure if transacting the money would actually have the needed effect. On the flip side, however, there are few other methods that might get your files recovered and pretty much none of them guarantees success in all cases. Some of those methods we have added to our removal guide for Testpayload that you can find below. The guide contains instructions on how to eliminate the malware and how to potentially get back some of the encrypted data. Again, we can’t promise that those would work but the difference here is that you won’t be forced to risk your money by sending it to some cyber criminals that might or might not keep their promise and let you have your files back.

Remove Testpayload Ransomware


Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

malware-start-taskbar

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. 

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.

Step3

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:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Testpayload files

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

The sneaky encryption

Something important that you should remember about this particular type of Ransomware threats is that they rarely give any symptoms and usually manage to remain unnoticed by the majority of antivirus programs that users have on their machines. The core reason for that seems to be the “harmless” nature of the encryption itself. This process isn’t inherently damaging and though it renders your data inaccessible to anybody who doesn’t have the decryption key, it causes no harm to the targeted files or to the PC system which makes it really difficult to detect. The only possible symptoms that might be noticed sometimes are RAM and CPU spikes and temporarily decreased HDD space so be on the lookout for that if you suspect a Ransomware cryptovirus infection.

Keeping your system clean and your files secure

Regardless of what the outcome of your current Ransomware encounter is, you really need to make sure that you don’t ever again allow viruses like Testpayload inside your computer. The best way to do that is to be very considerate with regards to what your online habits and actions are. Visiting shady sites, opening spam e-mail attachments, clicking on random questionable web ads and downloading pirated content are all risky activities that might potentially land you some malicious virus like Testpayload. Also, though oftentimes Ransomware threats might be able to bypass your antivirus, you still need such a program to fend off Trojans as those are also commonly used tools for distributing Ransomware as many Trojans can load Ransomware viruses inside an already infected machine. Lastly, never forget to backup any important data you might fear losing as this is probably the best way to save your files from any potential cryptovirus infections.

SUMMARY:

Name Testpayload
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms During the encryption phase there will likely be no symptoms aside from a potential slow-down of your PC’s productivity.
Distribution Method Malicious online ads and other forms of social engineering, spam messages, Trojan Horse backdoors, pirated content, etc.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

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!


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