.Waiting Ransomware

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.Waiting is a harmful computer program of the Ransomware variety that seeks to lock your most important data. .Waiting launches a data encryption process as soon as it enters the computer and, in that way, it blocks the files of its victim.

The Waiting virus ransom note

The encrypted files can’t be accessed through regular means. According to the hackers behind the virus, the only way to open the files is through the use of a special key that only they have at the time of the encryption. The key for the files on your computer is offered to you in exchange for a money payment. The money payment is typically demanded in Bitcoins so as to ensure that the transaction cannot be traced back to the hackers. The implementation of the Bitcoin payment method is one of the main reasons why Ransomware hackers almost never get caught. If the user doesn’t know how to get Bitcoins, most Ransomware viruses give instructions on that within a ransom note they show to the user once the encryption process gets completed.

The .Waiting Ransomware

The .Waiting virus is a harmful piece of computer malware that harasses the user for a ransom payment by locking their most important files for blackmailing leverage. The .Waiting virus encrypts the targeted files to block the access to them.

The Waiting Ransomware encrypted files

One of the worst aspects of a Ransomware infection is that your files won’t go back to their accessible state even after you remove the threat from your computer. In order to recover your data, you will still need to find a way to deal with the encryption placed on them (.Wbxd, .Coos). According to the blackmailers, the only way you can restore access to the locked files is by paying them for the decryption access key. This, however, may not be the truth. On the one hand, paying the ransom isn’t a guarantee that your files will be recovered – the hackers may simply refuse to provide you with the access key for your data. On the other hand, there may be alternatives you haven’t explored yet and that may help bring back some of your files even if you don’t have the needed key available to you at the moment. One thing we must note here is that even if the removal of the virus won’t automatically restore your data, eradicating .Waiting is still highly important for the overall safety of your computer and the files you may create or download in the future.

The .Waiting file decryption

The .Waiting file decryption is the action of making the data locked by this virus available again. The .Waiting file decryption can be completed if you have the corresponding access key, or through the use of a specialized free decryption tool.

There are many such tools but they are specific for each Ransomware version and not all Ransomware versions (especially the newer ones) have a corresponding tool. Still, we have a list of such tools on our site that you can find linked in the decryption guide below. There, you will also find some other alternative recovery suggestions you can try. However, you must first go through the removal steps to ensure that your computer is clean and that there’s no longer Ransomware in it.


Detection Tool

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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).



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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:

    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:



    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.


    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!



    How to Decrypt .Waiting 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!


    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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