This page aims to help you remove .Thor File Virus Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Thor file can be recovered.
Whether you are the head of a big company or a regular internet user, the importance of having a good understanding of the threat that Ransomware viruses are has never been greater. This is the newest manifestation of the much feared Locky Ransomware. With the latest version of these malicious programs being released under the name of .Thor Virus, the Ransomware family has gotten even bigger and the danger it represents to all internet users is growing at an ever increasing rate. The rapid evolution of this type of noxious software makes it extremely difficult for anti-virus developers to come up with an effective solution to the threat. Additionally, the fact that Ransomware uses a unique approach that’s even more devious than that of the infamous Trojan Horses does not help either. Once .Thor gets inside your machine, it locks all your files via the method of encryption and requires you to pay ransom if you want to make the data accessible once more. No one is safe from Ransomware and due to its high effectiveness and extremely low risk for the cyber-criminals that are using it, it is sure to remain a major issue for quite some time.
Having a good understanding of how Ransomware viruses work and what makes them so particularly difficult to handle is key to keeping your machine safe in the future. Therefore, make sure you read everything and bear it in mind. So, what makes Ransomware such a big issue? Well, there are a couple of things actually. One of the main reasons is in the approach that these viruses use. Unlike other malicious programs, typical Ransomware would probably harm neither your system, nor your files. The means it uses to lock your files is the method of encryption, which is, in fact, not an actual malicious process. Many programs that are legit use encryption on their files. Therefore, it is often impossible for anti-virus programs to tell the difference between a Ransomware encryption and one coming from a non-malicious piece of software. This devious strategy is what enables viruses like .Thor to remain under the radar of the user, right up until all the important data has been locked by the Ransomware code and the user is left with very few possible courses of action.
During the encryption process
As we said, anti-virus software might often prove to be ineffective against spotting a Ransomware threat. Therefore, you need to learn how you can manually detect the encryption process and potentially intercept it. First of all, understand that the process of encryption can take quite some time, because the virus first needs to make a copy of all targeted files. It is actually the copies that have been locked by the virus code. Once this is done, the original files get deleted and you are left with a pile of inaccessible data. If .Thor is still not done with locking your documents, you can notice its presence by paying close attention to the behavior of your machine and the system resources that are being used. If you see that unusually high amounts of RAM, CPU and hard-drive space are being used along with a general PC slowdown, it might be worth shutting your PC down and bringing it to an IT professional. Note that if there is in fact a Ransomware infection, all devices connected to your machine might get attacked by the virus as well, so make sure there is nothing connected to your PC if you suspect that there’s something malicious going on.
After the encryption
Most users do not notice anything before it’s already too late. In fact, after .Thor is done locking your data, it will probably display a message on your screen demanding a ransom payment if you want to get the decryption key and be able to access your files once again. If that is your current case, we need to tell you that paying the ransom is usually a very bad idea. Not only is there no way to know if you’ll actually be sent the key, but you would also be encouraging the hacker to keep on terrorizing more users. Therefore, what we would advise you to do is to give our Ransomware removal guide a try. While due to the specific nature of Ransomware viruses we cannot guarantee that it will fix everything, it is still a much better alternative to the ransom payment.
As stated above, the Ransomware virus family is bound to get bigger and scarier. Thus, we must make sure that our readers are well informed on how to protect their computers from any future infections:
- Equip your PC with the latest high-quality anti-virus software and detection tools. Keep in mind that oftentimes Ransomware viruses can get inside your system with the help of some other malicious program such as a Trojan Horse.
- Make sure to back-up your data. This is a very effective way to neutralize any potential Ransomware infections.
- Avoid illegal or shady-looking sites. Download stuff only from reliable sources. Do not open any spam letters or suspicious hyperlinks – those are some of the most frequently employed methods for distributing harmful software.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Generally, if Ransomware is currently encrypting your files, your machine should experience high amounts of CPU, RAM and hard-drive free space usage without any visible reason.|
|Distribution Method||Malicious messages and harmful hyperlinks that get sent to you are one of the most common methods. Another common technique is via the help of another program that serves as a backdoor into your system.|
.Thor File Virus Ransomware Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove .Thor File Virus successfully!
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 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 - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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 .Thor File Virus 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!