Club Club is a ransomware virus that specializes in the encryption of most popular file types. Club is therefore known as a cryptovirus representative of the ransomware class of malware. Malicious code of this type is known to stealthily infiltrate the systems of its victims. And as soon as that happens, it will begin to just as stealthily scan the infected computer for specific files types (e.g. images, videos, audios, text documents, executables, etc.). Then once the scan is complete, the virus will begin to apply a complex encryption algorithm on each and every one of the target files \u2013 one by one. And once the process is complete, the result will leave a bunch of completely unreadable and inaccessible bits of data for the victim user to find. Furthermore, ransomware like Club, Zwer or Nlah will usually also leave a screen-wide banner or a .txt file on the desktop of the computer or some other form of notification that serves to inform the user about the infection. Typically, there will also be information in this note regarding how users can recover their files and this is generally always in exchange for a large amount of money that is required to be sent to the hackers behind the virus. However, despite how the cybercriminals may be trying to scare you into paying that money, know that there are also other options available to you. We have listed several of these in the second part of the removal guide below, and these are free to use, without any risk for your system or the data stored in it. Just be sure to first complete the instructions in the first part of the guide so as to successfully remove Club and thus eliminate the risk of any recovered files being encrypted a second time around. \u00a0 The Club Ransomware The Club ransomware is notoriously stealthy and can usually bypass most security software. Hence, the Club ransomware could have been operating for hours under the radar of your antivirus program and without you knowing about it. For this reason, it is always a good idea to be prepared for such attacks before they happen, especially since ransomware viruses have gained so much popularity in recent years. What this means is that you can start creating backups of your most valuable data and store copies of it on a cloud or, better yet, on a separate drive that is not connected to the internet. The Club file distribution Cybercriminals use various means for the distribution of the Club file, but most prominent are malvertisements and spam messages. By clicking on the attachment or link in a spam message, you basically instantly download the Club file. However, it\u2019s also possible that you may be downloading a Trojan horse virus, which will later download the ransomware. This is known as backdoor malware distribution and is also a fairly commonly used tactic. But that\u2019s also a good reason to check your system thoroughly for any other malware after you have removed Club. SUMMARY: Name Club Type Ransomware Danger Level High\u00a0(Ransomware is\u00a0by far the worst threat you can encounter) Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up. Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages. Data Recovery Tool Not Available Detection Tool Club Virus Removal Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference. Reboot in\u00a0Safe Mode\u00a0(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\u00a0and\u00a0go to the\u00a0Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.\u00a0 Right click on each of them\u00a0and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: After you open their folder,\u00a0end the processes\u00a0that are infected, then delete their folders.\u00a0 Note:\u00a0If 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\u00a0Key\u00a0and\u00a0R\u00a0- \u00a0copy +\u00a0paste the following and click OK: notepad %windir%\/system32\/Drivers\/etc\/hosts A new\u00a0file 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" -\u00a0write to us in the comments. Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter.\u00a0A\u00a0window will pop-up: Go in\u00a0Startup --->\u00a0Uncheck\u00a0entries that have "Unknown" as Manufacturer. \tPlease note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate. Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.\u00a0Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus's Name.\u00a0 Search for the ransomware\u00a0\u00a0in your registries and delete\u00a0the entries. Be extremely careful - \u00a0you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware. Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field: \t%AppData% \t%LocalAppData% \t%ProgramData% \t%WinDir% \t%Temp% Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added.\u00a0Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble! \u00a0 How to Decrypt Club 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\u00a0anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!