Wcry Virus File Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery) (May 2017 Update)

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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

Wcry Virus is a highly malicious piece of malware and although it has been released fairly recently, there’s already a significant number of PC’s that have been infected by it. What the virus does once it invades a computer is it encrypts the personal files that are stored on the hard drive with the help of an encryption code, the key to which is held by the hacker. The victim is later blackmailed to pay a certain amount of money to the cyber-criminal or else they would not be sent the key needed to unlock the files. This virus behavior is typical for the so-called Ransomware viruses and more specifically, the crypto-viruses. Here, we are about to give you a lot of valuable and important information regarding Wcry Virus so make sure to carefully read everything. A removal guide is available at the bottom of the article. Using that, you might be able to get rid of the Ransomware and restore your data in case Wcry Virus has already infiltrated your system. However, do note that we cannot guarantee that the methods we’ve give you would be successful in all instances of a Ransomware attack. Regardless, using our removal guide will cost you nothing and it is certainly a better alternative to the ransom payment. As far as paying the ransom is concerned, we strongly advise our readers not to go for that since there’s always the chance that they could simply be throwing away their money.

Different types of Ransomware

There are actually two major Ransomware categories. The first one of those two types are Ransomware viruses that try to lock the whole computer making the user unable to do anything on the PC if they do not pay the Ransom. As unnerving as this might sound, these Ransomware viruses are generally considered less advanced and easier to handle. Most of them use a simple screen-wide banner that covers everything, even the Task Manager, which is basically how it “locks” the PC. The good news is that usually, as soon as the virus is removed, the banner will go away as well and the access to the computer will be restored. The other Ransomware type takes a different approach. Those are the so-called crypto-viruses that encrypt the personal user files on the PC, one by one. The encryption that is used, especially among newer Ransomware viruses, is highly sophisticated and is thus very difficult to decrypt. As we mentioned in the previous paragraph, Wcry Virus too falls under this category of Ransomware. A major issue with the cryptoviruses is that even if they get removed from the PC, the encryption remains on the files.

Ransomware detection

Another big problem with Ransomware as a whole is that viruses that fall under this category are extremely difficult to detect and oftentimes the time window that one has to spot the infection is extremely narrow. Note that the majority of antivirus programs have a hard time recognizing a Ransomware threat. The reason for that is because a typical Ransomware virus doesn’t actually harm anything. Sure, it might lock your data or PC, but the files and the computer themselves would normally remain intact. That is why even if you have a security program on your machine, a Ransomware virus might still be able to infiltrate your system without getting detected. Talking about the potential symptoms of a virus such as Wcry Virus, we are sorry to tell you that there aren’t many of them and the ones that can technically be observed could often be really hard to notice. Nevertheless, we ought to give you a general idea about what to expect in the event of an attack by a Ransomware virus so that you stand a higher chance of stopping it before it has rendered your data inaccessible.

  • The most notable of symptoms that one can expect is a decrease in the free hard-drive space. This is something very typical of crypto-viruses like Wcry Virus so be on the lookout for it.
  • Another very common malware symptom is increased usage of CPU and RAM. If you notice that in your Task Manager and there seems to be no apparent reason for it, you might be dealing with a Ransomware virus or some other malicious piece of software.
  • Many viruses cause the PC system to become unstable and start to freeze or crash. If this is what’s happening to your computer, you might want to investigate further and see if the issue is caused by some harmful program.

Keeping your PC and data safe

Obviously, the best way to handle Wcry Virus is to simply keep it away from your files. To help you do that in the future, in this final paragraph we’ve given you a short list of guidelines that when followed correctly and meticulously would greatly increase the safety levels of your machine.

  • Be very careful with what you click on when surfing the internet. There are a lot of shady and potentially harmful ads, banners, pop-ups, etc. all over the internet and if you accidentally click on any of them, you might land yourself some harmful PC virus.
  • When you are about to download something, be sure that you only use download sources that are reliable. Do not go for any shady and obscure websites or you might be in for an unpleasant surprise.
  • An antivirus program might not always be able to stop Ransomware, but it stands a good chance of fending off Trojan horses and those are often used to infect computers Wcry Virus and other malicious crypto-viruses. Keep that in mind.
  • Spam and junk mail is an obvious method for Ransomware distribution. Be very careful when checking your inbox and do not open any new letters that look suspicious and shady.
  • Do not forget to back-up all of your valuable files so that you always have a safe copy of them even if the originals get encrypted by some malicious Ransomware.


Name Wcry
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Odd PC behavior and unusually high usage of system resources.
Distribution Method Junk mail with shady links/file attachments, Trojan horse viruses, malicious banners throughout illegal sites, etc.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

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.

Wcry Virus File Ransomware Removal


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).



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. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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. 

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.


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
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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 Wcry Virus 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!

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