Wncry Virus File Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

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

In this article, we are going to sum up the malicious capabilities of one new file-encrypting addition to the Ransomware family, which is called Wncry Virus. This threat has managed to infect a number of people in the last few days and some of them reached our “How to remove” team for assistance. To help themand all the people, who have probably been attacked by this nasty Ransomware, in the next paragraphs we will share some very useful information regarding the distribution and the infection methods of Wncry Virus and the possible ways to remove the malware. At the end of the page, users will also find a free removal guide, which is specially assembled to help them detect and remove the threat and eventually save some of their encrypted files.

Wncry Virus File

Wncry Virus is capable of encrypting your most precious data!

Ransomware-based threats are considered among the most harmful online threats one can encounter. You can expect this terrible type of software to secretly compromise your computer, scan its drives for the most commonly used files and then, encrypt them one by one with a very complex encryption algorithm. Basically, this way the malware prevents you from accessing your own data, and no matter what you try, you will not be able to use or open any of your files unless you reverse the encryption. This can only happen with the help of a special decryption key. However, to receive it, you have to pay a huge amount of money as ransom. A popping alert usually comes on the victim’s screen once all the files are encrypted, blackmailing them to pay a certain amount of Bitcoins if they want to bring their files back to normal. This is a very nasty blackmail scheme, which the hackers use to make illegal money out of the Ransomware victims.

Wncry Virus uses flexible distribution methods to infect you!

The number of Ransomware victims grows rapidly thanks to the tricky and sophisticated methods that the hackers use to spread their malware and infect them. Advanced threats like Wncry Virus are usually distributed thanks to well camouflaged online transmitters such as contagious electronic messages, emails with malicious attachments, spam, drive-by downloads, infected sites, torrents, illegal web pages, or Malvertising. In most of the cases, a Trojan horse helps the Ransomware to get inside the machine, by providing a system vulnerability and cover for it. What is more alarming is that there aren’t much of visible symptoms, which may give away the malware and help the users to catch it and remove it on time. In fact, even the antivirus may fail to detect Wncry Virus prevent it, which makes this threat a really tricky and dangerous one.

How can you combat the Ransomware?

When we speak about Ransomware infections, there are two aspects about it – cleaning your system from the infection and restoring your encrypted files. Keeping a nasty cryptovirus threat like Wncry Virus on your machine is surely not a good idea. Most security experts, including our team, would advise you to remove the malware from your system as soon as possible. For that, you can use a removal guide like the one below, or ask a professional for assistance. This, however, will not automatically recover your files. Unfortunately, no guide, no expert, not even the hackers themselves can guarantee you that you will be able to fully restore the data that has been encrypted. The crooks may promise you that once you pay the ransom, they will send you the decryption key and everything will be as it was before. But how can you trust the criminals, who have just compromised your entire computer? Yes, they may promise you many things, they may even send you part of the decryption key and let you test it, but once they get the money, what is the likelihood of them keeping their promise? Unfortunately, not very big. Most of the Ransomware victims end up paying a huge amount of money in ransom and never get the decryption key from the crooks since they vanish in the very moment they get the payment. A way smarter decision is to get rid of the infection and seek for other methods to recover your data. If you have some file copies somewhere on another device or external drive, which has not been infected, you can easily use them. Also, you can give a try to the file restoration instructions that we have included in the guide below. These are all risk-free options, which may not be able to recover the encrypted files to the fullest, but still may be able to help you minimize the data loss to an extent.

SUMMARY:

Name Wncry
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
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.

Wncry 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. 

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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. 

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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Scan Results


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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.
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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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Wncry 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!