New malicious Ransomware has been recently reported!
The Ransomware threat is getting bigger and bigger on a daily basis and every now and then a newer and more advanced version of this malicious virus is getting released. This time, the name of the latest threat is [email protected], which similarly to earlier Ransomware programs can encrypt all your files. In this article we will attempt to provide our readers with all the essential information that they should know with regards to Ransomware viruses. Apart from that, our article also contains some invaluable tips on how one can effectively protect their computer from malicious software such as [email protected] Last but not least, below our readers can find a Ransomware removal guide that will help those of you who have already had their system infected by the nasty virus and are currently seeking for a way to handle the situation. The guide includes instructions for removing the virus itself and also a few steps that might be able to restore the affected files.
A typical Ransomware infection
A Ransomware program is very different from most other types of viruses. Unlike other malicious pieces of coding, [email protected] does not target and attempt to damage your actual system, it does not spy on you or attempt to steal your money from any online bank accounts you might have. The main target of Ransomware viruses is your files and documents. Once the virus breaches your machine’s defenses, it stays hidden for a certain period of time during which it copies your data and afterwards deletes the original files. The copies are identical except for one crucial difference – they are locked by the virus. Each copy is encrypted and the only way that you can access them is if you have a specific code. Here is where the ransom part comes into play.
Once [email protected] has finished copying and deleting your documents and all your files have been made into encrypted copies ending with a .wallet extension, it displays a message on your screen. This message states that if you are to regain access to your own files, you’d need to make a money transfer to the hacker who’s in charge of the virus. Detailed instructions on how to make that transfer are provided within the message. Often the ransom payment is done with the help of the Tor browser and the currency used is bitcoins. If you do not know what bitcoins are, it’s are a type of a cyber-currency that is nearly impossible to be traced. This means that once you buy a certain amount of them and transfer them to the blackmailer, there’s little to no chance that you’d ever be able to track down the criminal and get your money back. This is, in fact, one of the main reasons why Ransomware viruses are so popular – the hackers who are using them rarely get caught and brought to justice.
Why making the transfer is not a good idea
Unfortunately, if you are one of the unlucky users, who have already had their files locked by the malicious [email protected], there are not many options to choose from. That is why, some of you might even consider simply paying the ransom and just so that they could get this nasty situation over with. However, do not forget that this is a criminal you’re dealing with – a criminal that does not fear getting caught and being brought to justice. That is why nothing can guarantee you that even if you follow the instructions and make the transfer you’d actually get the code for your files. Thus, we strongly advise against paying the ransom. Instead, as we earlier mentioned, you can scroll down and give our guide a try. There’s no guarantee that it will solve everything due to the ever-evolving nature of Ransomware viruses, but it is still a much better alternative compared to paying the ransom.
Final words of advice
Dealing with Ransomware is important, but it is just as important to make sure that you never have to face this threat again. Therefore, take note of the following simple, but crucial tips.
- Back up all your important data on a separate, portable device with no connection to the internet (flash memory, portable hard drive, etc.) – this can outright nullify the impact of a potential Ransomware infection.
- Have high-quality anti-virus software and be careful when surfing the internet – the two most common methods for Ransomware distribution are via spam e-mails and shady sites and with the help of another virus, like for example a Trojan. That is why it is essential to have reliable security software and to be careful with the sites you visit and download content from. Also, do not open any suspicious emails from unknown senders.
- Pay close attention to your PC’s behavior. If you notice anything odd like unusually high CPU and RAM consumption or less free space than you should usually have, you might want to shut your PC down and have it examined by a specialist, because the aforementioned are typical symptoms of Ransomware that’s currently encrypting your files. Also, if you suspect a Ransomware infection, do not attach any devices to your PC, since the files on them might also get encrypted.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware are by far the worse threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||If you notice that your PC has less than usual free disk space and is using too much RAM and CPU for no apparent reason, it might be all due to a Ransomware infection.|
|Distribution Method||The most frequent methods for spreading Ransomware are the notorious spam e-mails with the help of other viruses like, for example, Trojan Horses.|
[email protected] File Virus Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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.
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:
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:
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, 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 Enter. Once 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:
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 [email protected] 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!