Uiwix Virus File Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

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

If you wish to ensure the safety of your personal files that are currently stored on your machine, be sure to read the following article. The next few paragraphs will be aimed at providing you with some important information concerning a new Ransomware virus that has been released under the name of Uiwix Ransomware. Most viruses of this type use a file protection method known as encryption on your files, which effectively locks them and keeps the inaccessible for you. Once the data has been encrypted, you receive an automatic message from the virus itself. This message tells you that if you want to be able to open your files once again, you will need to send a certain amount of money to the hacker who has attacked your machine. If this has already happened to you, we might be able to help you deal with the nasty Ransomware and potentially restore your files without paying anything. There is a removal guide below that contains the instructions that you’d need to follow. However, we must inform you that the success of the methods we are going to give you in the guide might vary depending on your situation, so keep that in mind. There are just no guarantees when it comes to Ransomware.

More about the encryption

As we said above, the usual technique used to lock your files is known as encryption. This method is commonly used for file protection and is actually not inherently dangerous – many legit programs use it to provide their files with some extra defense and security. The problem comes from the way it is used by Uiwix Ransomware. A major issue with the Ransomware type is that it often cannot be detected by antivirus software. The reason for that is the fact that encryption processes are not seen as threats by a lot of security programs. Lately, some security software developers have started implementing certain anti-Ransomware features, but there’s still a lot to be done in that direction. Therefore, if you solely count on the protection of your antivirus software, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise.

It’s possible to spot the encryption process

For the encryption to be completed, the targeted files must be copied and the original ones deleted. The copy that has been made is actually the final result of the process – it is identical to the original, except for one main difference – it is encrypted and thus inaccessible without a special key. However, on a larger scale, this process can actually be noticed by several typical symptoms. The following indications can help you manually spot a Ransomware attack and possibly intercept it before it’s too late. The signs of an encryption process are increased CPU and virtual memory usage (in other words, CPU and RAM spikes) and decreased free hard drive space that is required for the copies. We won’t lie to you – it is very difficult to detect the Uiwix Ransomware attack manually, but it is still possible and if you are vigilant enough and pay close attention to your machine’s behavior, you might just be able to prevent the virus from encrypting all your files. If you think that your computer has been attacked by the nasty virus, quickly shut down the PC and disconnect it from everything. After you do that, call a specialist and bring your computer to them.

We advise against paying the ransom!

It is a very bad idea to go for that even if there seems to be no other way. There is no guarantee that the money you send will not be utterly wasted. The hacker might or might not send you the encryption key. After all, you are dealing with an anonymous criminal. The only thing you’re certainly going to achieve if you make the money transfer would be to encourage the cyber-criminal to do the same thing over and over again and blackmail more users via the noxious Uiwix Ransomware virus. We advise you to look for another way out of this. Our Uiwix Ransomware removal guide is a good way to start. It will cost you nothing and is much safer and more secure option.

Stay secured!

Your machine deserves the best protection possible, especially if you tend to store a lot of valuable data on it. Here are a couple of methods and tips to help you improve the security levels of your system against malicious viruses such as Uiwix Ransomware.

  • Never leave your machine without a good antivirus program that has its latest updates. Even if it might fail detecting a Ransomware, it could stop other viruses called backdoor malware which is a very common method of infecting computers with Uiwix Ransomware.
  •  If you notice some strange file with unknown origin on your machine, do not open it and if you cannot be sure whether it’s safe, you might as well delete it.
  • Being safe while surfing the Internet is very important and essential to fending off malicious software. Be very careful with what sites you visit and what download sources you use. Also, be extremely cautious with shady-looking e-mails and other text messages. If they contain some sketchy link or a file attachment and you do not know if they are safe, be sure to directly delete them.
  • Use different backup methods. Usually, even backing up all your personal data on a single flash drive would greatly help in the case of a Ransomware attack but we advise you to have several different backup locations just in case.

SUMMARY:

Name Uiwix
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms  Certain symptoms during the encryption period such as less hard drive space on your PC and CPU and RAM spikes can be noticed if you are vigilant enough.
Distribution Method The preferred methods for spreading Ransomware are backdoor viruses/ Trojan horses, malicious junk mail messages and downloadable content from illegal and harmful websites.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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Remove Uiwix Ransomware


 

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

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove Uiwix Ransomware successfully!

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

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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.

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:

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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:

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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!
You can possibly recover parasite files by downloading Data Recovery Pro. At minimum, its free scanner can tell you if you can get them back.
Download Data Recovery Pro from here.

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 Uiwix Ransomware 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!