ThunderCrypt Virus File Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)


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This page aims to help you remove ThunderCrypt Virus File Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any ThunderCrypt Virus file can be recovered.

Fighting Ransomware is not an easy task. Newer viruses of this type are highly advanced and the majority of antivirus programs are unable to deal with them. One such new addition to the family of Ransomware viruses is the so called ThunderCrypt Virus File. Another specific mark of this ransomware is the ransom note “We have encrypted…”. It uses encryption to lock the user’s personal files on the infected PC and later blackmails its victim into paying ransom if they are to obtain the encryption key that could restore the access to the locked data. Here, we will explain to you how this piece of malicious software works and how computers get infected by it. A removal guide will also be provided so that those of you who have already had their machine attacked by ThunderCrypt Virus File could eliminate the threat. However, several things need to be noted here:

  • First, removing the virus will not unlock your files if they have already been encrypted.
  • Secondly, we have covered the decryption aspect of dealing with a Ransomware, but we cannot give any guarantee as to how successful it would be for each instance of a Ransomware attack. Everyone is struggling with the Ransomware threat and so far no universal method for dealing with this type of malware has been developed. Oftentimes it all depends on the specific situation.
  • Thirdly, even though no method is flawless and can guarantee a hundred percent success when it comes to dealing with Ransomware, seeking an alternative to the ransom payment is always advisable. Opting for the money transfer is a bad idea and everyone should try to avoid it. 

    ThunderCrypt Virus File Ransomware

Kinds of Ransomware

Generally, it is considered that there are two main types of Ransomware viruses. The first one consists of Ransomware that basically makes you unable to use your computer because it displays a banner on your screen that covers absolutely everything. Even the Task Manager and the Start Menu would be hidden behind the banner that will not go away unless the user pays the demanded ransom (or finds another way to deal with the malware). Instructions on how to make the money transfer are provided within the banner itself. Typically, this type of Ransomware is considered less advanced and easier to handle. The other main type of Ransomware viruses is the one that uses encryption. Instead of trying to lock your whole PC, viruses that fall under this category encrypt each file using a sophisticated code which makes it that much more difficult to deal with the issue. File restoration is not an easy task and in most cases a specialized decryptor tool is required in order to unlock the files. Many companies are doing their best to develop such decryptors but the process is slow and the number of viruses of this Ransomware category is increasing on a daily basis. Unfortunately, as we mentioned above, ThunderCrypt Virus File too is a crypto-virus/ Ransomware that uses encryption.

Detecting Ransomware

Spotting a Ransomware infection is not an easy task. Viruses such as ThunderCrypt Virus File are oftentimes capable of remaining totally undetected by the majority of security programs. The main reason for that is because typical Ransomware does not cause any actual damage. This makes it difficult for antivirus programs to distinguish regular, non-malicious processes from ones that are run by the Ransomware. Therefore, you must keep in mind that no matter how good your antivirus software is, there’s always the chance that Ransomware would be able to infect your machine without getting spotted by the security tool.

As far as the symptoms caused by Ransomware are concerned, there are a couple of typical infection signs but they are often very subtle and difficult to notice. Generally, if ThunderCrypt Virus File has attacked your machine and is currently undergoing the process of locking your data, your machine is likely to be using increased amounts of RAM and CPU. In addition to that, if you are vigilant enough, you might be able to spot a decrease of the free hard-drive space on your computer. This is something very typical for a Ransomware virus and if you notice that it is happening to your PC, be sure to shut down the machine and have it taken to a specialist.

Stopping Ransomware

So far, the problem with viruses like ThunderCrypt Virus File has only been growing. Currently, Ransomware is a global issue and no one is safe from getting attacked by malware of this type. That is why, readers of this article must know how to properly protect their computers and keep their personal files from any potential ThunderCrypt Virus File infections.

  • One very common technique that hackers use to spread Ransomware is the use of a backdoor virus/ Trojan horse. Usually, the backdoor gets into the system unnoticed and once inside, it provides a gateway for the noxious Ransomware. In order to fend off such backdoors/ Trojans, it is advisable that you install a reliable antivirus program on your PC and keep it constantly updated.
  • Most users that get infected by Ransomware are ones that aren’t overly careful when surfing the Internet. Remember, not everything you see online is something you should click on. Usually, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is some shady and potentially harmful ruse. You’ve all seen browser notifications telling you that you’ve won an iPhone or a big money prize from an unknown lottery – do not fall for those, since they are not only fake but could also turn out to be harmful.
  • Shady e-mails and spam messages are yet another common method for distributing malware. Do not fall for them either. If a newly received e-mail looks suspicious it is always better to keep away from it.
  • Last on our list of tips is backing up your important files. This is an invaluable and crucial precaution when it comes to handling a potential ThunderCrypt Virus File attack. Having a backup is essential and if you do not have one, we strongly advise you to hurry up and backup all your important files as soon as possible.

 

SUMMARY:

Name ThunderCrypt
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms The most typical Ransomware symptom is a decrease in the free HDD space during the duration of the encryption process.
Distribution Method Everything from shady browser ads to spam junk mail and harmful Facebook/Skype messages are a potential method for spreading Ransomware.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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.

ThunderCrypt Virus File Ransomware Removal


Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

>> Click to Download Spyhunter. If you don't want this software, continue with the guide below.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware & virus scanner is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase its full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

malware-start-taskbar

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.

Step3

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:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step4

WARNING!
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.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware & virus scanner is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase its full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt ThunderCrypt Virus File 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!