This page aims to help you remove viruses using the RSA-1024 encryption algorithm for free. Our instructions also cover how any RSA-1024 algorithm encrypted file can be recovered. No one likes having their computer attacked by viruses and their personal data messed with. That is why there are so many different anti-virus programs that aim to provide your system with protection against such malicious software. For the most part, such security programs work and give your machine the protection it needs. However, there is a type of PC viruses that seems to remain under the radar of most anti-virus tools due to its devious approach and rapid evolution. We are talking about Ransomware \u2013 a particularly nasty kind of harmful programs that are currently among the worst software threats that you can encounter online. RSA-1024 algorithm The acronym RSA-1024 is derived from the Rivest-Shamir-Adleman - a cryptosystem, which uses two keys composed of prime numbers in order to encrypt large volumes of data. Cryptography, and especially Public Key Cryptography is a large field of study that sees many applications, especially in the area of computing and data transfer security. Unfortunately, recent advancement into the field of Public Key Cryptography has opened the door for a particularly nasty type of virus called ransomware. A Ransomware virus using the RSA-1024 encryption algorithm goes straight after your files and uses the RSA-1024 algorithm to encrypt your files. Please note, that since the RSA-1024 algorithm uses two keys in order to function most ransomware programs are accompanied by a Trojan-virus. The job of the Trojan is usually to establish a remote connection with a host file, which distributes the public keys used. One of the keys is left on the infected computer, to be later used by the owner if he decides to pay for the ransom. Why is Ransomware so difficult to detect? As we already mentioned above, one of the main reasons why this particular kind of harmful software is so dangerous is because it very often remains undetected until way too late. This all has to do with the unique and devious agenda of typical Ransomware compared to other types of viruses. RSA-1024 and most other Ransomware programs use an encryption to lock your files. While the code makes you unable to access your files, it is not inherently malicious. Many legit programs actually use encryption for their files. The difference is that you can access those, whereas if Ransomware encrypts your documents, you won\u2019t be able to open any of them because you won\u2019t have the necessary key. This is also where the ransom part comes into play. After the virus has locked your data, it displays a message on your screen that demands a ransom payment in return for the decryption key. Instructions on how to send the money to the blackmailer are usually provided to ensure that everything goes according to the demands of the hacker. Bitcoins In the majority of cases Ransomware hackers require their ransom in bitcoins. This is a cryptocurrency that is basically untraceable. This leaves the cyber-criminal in full anonymity during and after the money transfer. This makes fighting hackers that use Ransomware viruses that much more difficult and is also one of the main reasons why programs using the RSA-1024 algorithm are becoming so popular at such a rapid pace. Furthermore, the more widely spread Ransomware becomes, the more effort is put into improving the newer virus versions making them even more difficult to handle. Manual detection Maybe your anti-virus cannot detect the encryption process. However, it is possible that you can do that manually, by being vigilant and noticing any strange PC behavior that may occur. This is because RSA-1024 needs some time to encrypt your data and often requires considerable amounts of system resources. In fact, once the virus gets inside your PC, it first needs to make a copy of all targeted files \u2013 those copies are actually the ones locked by the encryption. However, after the RSA-1024 algorithm has done that, it deletes the originals and you\u2019re left with the encrypted copies. Still, the time and resources this process requires might give you the opportunity to intercept it. Thus, if you notice any of the mentioned symptoms, make sure to shut down your machine and have it taken to an IT specialist. Also, remember to not connect any portable devices to your PC during this time because if there is a virus, they might get infected as well. What to do if your data has already been locked and how to keep your PC safe in the future? One very important thing to know if your files have already been encrypted is that paying the ransom is a very bad idea. Even if you follow all the instructions and pay the money you still might not get the key for the code. Therefore, our advice for you is to seek another way to resolve the problem. One possible course of action is to try our removal guide located below this article. It will help you remove the virus, however keep in mind that due to the devious nature of Ransomware viruses, we cannot guarantee that it will be able to restore all your files. Nevertheless, it will cost you nothing and might save you a lot of time and money in return. Now, here are some important tips that will help you keep your system safe in future. \tGet a high-quality anti-virus program \u2013 Ransomware often infects people\u2019s PC\u2019s through other viruses that serve as a backdoor. \tAvoid opening any shady e-mails and suspicious hyperlinks. \tStay away from any obscure websites and do not download anything from sources that you cannot fully trust. \tMake a back-up of all important files that you have and update it frequently so that no valuable data is left without a back-up copy. SUMMARY: Name RSA-1024 (this is the encryption model \u2013 the actual virus can be one of many things) Type Ransomware Danger Level High\u00a0(Ransomware is\u00a0by far the worst threat you can encounter) Symptoms \u00a0Heavily reduced PC productivity and high system resource consumption throughout the duration of the encryption process. Distribution Method Normally, Ransomware programs get to people's PC's via spam e-mails and with the aid of backdoor viruses. Detection Tool Keep in mind, SpyHunter's malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall. RSA-1024 Virus (Encryption and Ransomware) 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). 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. Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously.\u00a0Go to the\u00a0Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments. WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING! Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location.\u00a0End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to. 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 files infected with RSA-1024 We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here. Did we help? Share your feedback with us so we can help other people in need!