Russenger 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 Russenger Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .messenger-[random-row-of-numbers-and-letters] file can be recovered.

A Ransomware virus is a highly-dangerous software threat that can lock your computer or the files that are on it and keep them that way until the victim of the attack pays a set amount of money to the hackers responsible for the infection. This type of malware is truly one of the nastiest virtual threats that you can encounter which is why it is crucial that all users are well informed regarding the different characteristics of the Ransomware PC virus type.

Here, in this particular article, we will introduce our readers to one particular Ransomware program called Russenger. It belongs to the cryptovirus Ransomware subcategory meaning that the malicious software is capable of encrypting the personal data files on the infected machine using a sophisticated code. If the victim wants to get their data restored, they’d need to pay a ransom to the attackers in order to be sent a decryption key which would supposedly unseal the files. 

Russenger Ransomware

Our advice for you

If you are one of the many unfortunate PC users that have had this Ransomware infect their machines and lock-up their documents, we need to tell you that paying the money right-away isn’t the best possible course of action that you can go for. There are many hackers out there who simply do not send the key even after getting the demanded ransom meaning that you might simply end up wasting your money for nothing if you carry out the payment. Our advice for any of you who might have already gotten Russenger on their computers is to read the remainder of this article and then visit the removal guide for Russenger  Ransomware that we have added down below. There are instructions on how to get rid of the virus as well as on how you can potentially restore the locked-up files. Just note that there are no guarantees that we can give when it comes to the data decryption. Nonetheless, it won’t cost you anything to give the guide a go and see if you are one of those lucky enough to have their documents restored.


Russenger 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. 

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 Russenger 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!

More about Ransomware

There are couple of important aspects regarding the Ransomware virus category that need to be pointed out in this article of ours. First of all, note that those viruses are rather unique in comparison to other malware forms. A typical Ransomware’s main objective isn’t harming your files or system – after all, your files and computer need to remain intact so that the hacker would have a leverage upon which they could blackmail you. Due to the “harmless” behavior of most Ransomware infections, it might (and often is) quite difficult to detect them before the encryption has already been completed. Many good antivirus programs might not be able to spot such a cryptovirus because the method that it uses to lock the files (encryption) is actually a legitimate type of process that many software developers use for data protection. In addition to that, there are usually very few infection symptoms that are oftentimes really difficult to notice – increased RAM and CPU usage and decreased hard-drive space needed for the completion of the encryption might indicate a Ransomware attack but this is oftentimes going to remain unnoticed by the user.

Regarding the ransom payment

Once the malware’s agenda has been completed and Russenger Ransomware has successfully sealed all the data that it has targeted, it would generate a message on your desktop or in the directory of the locked documents. The message’s purpose is to inform the user about what has happened to their data and to also give them instructions on how to carry out the money transaction which would supposedly allow them to regain the access to the locked-up files. BitCoins or some other similar cryptocurrency is typically the preferred payment method as this would allow the criminals to remain anonymous. As we already pointed out, it is inadvisable to go directly for the payment option without having first assessed your other potential options.

Future protection against Ransomware

Similarly to most other types of malicious software, viruses like Russenger Ransomware rely on malvertising, malicious web social engineering and online spam in order to spread their infections. Therefore, being vigilant when browsing the Internet and avoiding any sites and pages with potentially shady contents is essential if you want to keep your PC and files safe. Another thing to bear in mind is that you’d need to always have a good antivirus to keep your system safe against Trojan Horse viruses – those are yet another very commonly used distributor of Ransomware. One other great advice that we can give you when talking about Ransomware is to always make sure that your data has been backed up on separate locations/devices so that even if such a virus infiltrates your PC and locks the original data, you’d still have safe and accessible copies of all your important files through the backup.


Name Russenger
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms High use of RAM and CPU could be a possible indicator of a Ransomware encryption process that is currently in progress.
Distribution Method Various forms of malvertising and malicious social engineering as well as spam messages and also backdoor malware like Trojan Horses.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

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