This page aims to help you remove UnblockUPC Ransomware virus for free. Our instructions also cover how any UnblockUPC encrypted file can be recovered.
A nasty file encryption has renamed all your important files with a strange extension? Unfortunately, you have all the reasons to be concerned about your system and safety, because you have been infected with Ransomware. This is, by far, one of the nastiest online threats and the latest representative of this type is called UnblockUPC . Having become its victim, you are now probably looking for ways to remove the infection and most importantly, how to restore your encrypted files. Hopefully, we may help you in both. Removing the UnblockUPC infection is tricky, but possible. If you follow the removal guide below you may effectively detect and delete all the related malicious files. Restoring your files, however, may be the bigger challenge. That’s why, to have a better idea about what kind of a threat you are dealing with, we first suggest you read the information in the next paragraphs and then follow the instructions.
The UnblockUPC infection in detail:
Ransomware is a very tricky threat – it can sneak inside your computer in various ways and, unfortunately, in most cases it remains unnoticed until the malicious file encryption takes place. One of the most effective infection methods are spam email campaigns. Thousands of seemingly harmless emails with attachments are usually sent to unsuspecting users with the sole aim to get them infected with UnblockUPC Virus. The hackers behind this threat usually insert a well-masked exploit kit or a harmful payload like a Trojan that helps the Ransomware find its way through the computer. Fake ads, misleading links, compromised web pages or drive-by downloads are also effective transmitters of this type of threats. The worst is that the moment a user clicks on one such harmful payload, the infection takes place without any symptoms.
The encryption process:
Once inside, the UnblockUPC virus strictly follows its agenda. First, it starts to infiltrate all drives found on the computer, the shared networks and other connected devices for targeted file types. Normally, the target is the most used files like documents, music, pictures, projects, games, videos and even some system files. When the infiltration is completed, the ransomware starts to apply its encryption to all detected files. One by one, they all get locked with a strong secret algorithm that changes their file extension and makes them impossible to open. Right after the encryption has taken place, a disturbing ransom note reveals the virus on the victim’s screen. What this note usually contains is a message from the hackers and a request for a ransom payment. The ransom is required in exchange for a special decryption key which is to unlock your encrypted files.
What can you do when your files get encrypted?
You’re probably thinking that the easiest and the quickest way to get your files back is to simply pay the requested ransom (if you have the money, of course) and get that special decryption key. However, before acting impulsively you should carefully think about the risks. Bear in mind that you are dealing with unscrupulous cyber criminals. Can you really believe that once you pay they would be as “nice” as to send you what they promise? And what if you don’t receive any key? Or if it doesn’t work?
While your system is infected with UnblockUPC , the hackers can still gain unauthorized access to it, insert other viruses and mess with your files or even delete them just for fun. Having this in mind, removing the Ransomware is the best you could do to eliminate the hacker’s attempts for access. However, nothing could guarantee that you will restore your encrypted files even if you clean the infection. This is one of the worst consequences of the UnblockUPC encryption. What you could do, however, is to try to get some of your data back through some backups, a cloud or an external drive copy, or even extract some files from the system backup. After all, there is nothing to lose if you try all the possible free methods of restoration before you decide to give your hard earned money to a group of cyber criminals. You never know what may work out. The removal guide below is there to help, so it is worth to follow its instructions. Just bear in mind that Ransomware is really difficult to deal with so there is no guarantee for it.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||A disturbing ransom note appears on the victim’s screen once the encryption is completed.|
|Distribution Method||Mostly distributed via spam email campaigns, malicious attachments, fake ads, missleading links, compromised web pages.|
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UnblockUPC Ransomware Virus Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes 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. End 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. 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 files infected with UnblockUPC
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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