Ransomware Removal Guide

Do you know what Ransomware is? Ransomware is a file-encryptor, and its main job is to find personal files and change data to ensure that the files themselves cannot be read. Unusually, when an encryption key is created, the decryption key is created along with it, but if this key exists, it is locked away by the creator of the infection, and obtaining it is impossible. Of course, the creator wants you to think that you can get the decryptor by paying a ransom, but doing that is a risk we do not recommend taking. Cyber attackers can promise you anything just to get your money, and you do not want to be duped. After all, your files are already compromised, and so you do not want to end up losing your money too. Of course, you make your own decisions, and all we can do is advise you. In this report, we advise on how to delete Ransomware and how to secure the system and files against similar threats.

Since Ransomware is a new variant from the Crysis/Dharma Ransomware family, it is not surprising that it is practically identical to Ransomware, Ransomware, Ransomware, and quite a few other threats. Although the extension that this particular version attaches to the corrupted files is unique, and the email addresses are unique too, there are no surprises when it comes to this malware. That being said, the distribution of this malware is still something we cannot talk about with 100% certainty. Most likely, Ransomware spreads using misleading spam emails, but downloaders and existing vulnerabilities could be used too. If you do not remove Ransomware the moment it is executed, you are unlikely to stop the encryption of your files. Before that, the threat creates a Startup file and a file named “Info.hta,” we show how to delete these components in the manual removal instructions Ransomware Removal Ransomware screenshot
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After encryption, Ransomware uses two platforms to introduce the victims to the email addresses that can be used to contact the attacker. First, we have the “FILES ENCRYPTED.txt” file created on the Desktop and in the local drive (usually, C:\). This file reads: “all your data has been locked us / You want to return? write email or” As you can see, we have two email addresses, and both of them are also represented via the message that pops up in a window launched by the threat. This message is more detailed, and it suggests that the victim has only 24 hours to contact the attacker and that they can recover files only after they pay money for the so-called decryption tool. The truth is that if the “.id-[unique code].[].qwex” extension was added to your files, they were encrypted, and if they were encrypted, they cannot be recovered. Cyber attackers might have a way to decrypt your files, but trusting that they would do the right thing is a naive thing to do.

Do you want to protect your operating system against Ransomware and other malicious threats? If you do, this is when you find and install an anti-malware program you can trust. You might have been putting this off for various reasons, but now is the perfect time to make a change. If this program is installed, you will not need to fear new threats, and you will have Ransomware removed automatically. Have you already deleted the infection manually? Even so, securing your system is crucial. Also, do not forget to back up your new files to ensure that they are always safe no matter what attacks.

Delete Ransomware

  1. Launch Explorer by tapping keys Win+E on the keyboard.
  2. Enter these paths into the quick access field to Delete theInfo.hta file:
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %APPDATA%\
    • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %WINDIR%\System32\
  3. Enter these paths into the quick access field to Delete the [unknown name}file:
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %WINDIR%\System32\
  4. Exit Explorer and then launch RUN by tapping keys Win+R on the keyboard.
  5. Type regedit.exe and then hit OK to access Registry Editor.
  6. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  7. Delete values representing Info.hta and [unknown name} files.
  8. Exit Registry Editor.
  9. Delete the FILES ENCRYPTED.txt file (on the Desktop and in local drive).
  10. Finally, find and Delete the {random name}.exe file that executed the malicious ransomware.
  11. Empty Recycle Bin, install a malware scanner, and run a full system scan to see if your system is clear.

In non-techie terms:

If your files were encrypted by Ransomware, you might be looking for a way to decrypt files, but there is no way. Even the decryption tool offered by the attackers for an undisclosed price is unlikely to be given to you. Therefore, when you discover this malware, we suggest focusing not on the damage, but on the removal of the threat. You can delete Ransomware manually using the guide above only if you know where the launcher was dropped and executed. Since the location and even the name of the threat are random, we cannot help you find it. So, what are you supposed to do if you cannot remove the infection manually? You can utilize anti-malware software, and we believe that this is the best option because besides automatically erasing threats, it also can ensure full-time protection.