Ransomware Removal Guide

Do you know what Ransomware is? Ransomware is a ransomware whose name was created by security experts after finding out that is an email address that enables communication between its creators and its victims. The infection itself does not have an interface, but it uses JPG and TXT files to provide users with the necessary information. The “Decryption instructions.txt” file is placed on the Desktop, and it pushes you to email the provided address. The “How to decrypt your files.jpg” file is automatically set as the Desktop wallpaper, and it informs that you need to pay a fee to get your files decrypted. Unfortunately, most victims of this infection realize that their files are encrypted (using RSA-2048 key) only when they discover these files, and, of course, it is too late to stop the process then. The bad news is that you will not recover your files by deleting Ransomware. Despite that, removing this ransomware is crucial.

Although Ransomware might seem unique and original for you, in reality, this ransomware was created using the source-code of CrySIS Ransomware. Other infections that were created in the same way include Ransomware, Ransomware, and Ransomware. All of these threats use the RSA encryption algorithm, and all of them attach unique extensions to the encrypted files. The devious ransomware we are discussing adds the “.id-[ID number].{}.xtbl” extension, and it includes a unique ID number as well. As mentioned in the message delivered via the JPG file, you need to reveal this ID when communicating with cyber criminals, and that is for the purpose of identification. This message also gives an alternative email address,, and you can email it to contact the creator of Ransomware as well. The only purpose of communication is for cyber criminals to introduce you to a ransom fee that you will be required to pay in Ransomware Removal Ransomware screenshot
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Cyber criminals encrypt your personal files with the only purpose of getting your money. As soon as you email Ransomware creators, they will quickly respond with a payment request. The chances are that the sum will be big, but even if it not, you have to deliberate whether or not the files encrypted by the ransomware are worth taking a risk for. The risk is losing your money, and this might happen if you pay the ransom, but the decryptor/decoder is not provided to you. Unfortunately, we have seen the creators of ransomware fooling users, and that is not that surprising, considering that cyber criminals are not known for their goodwill and kindness. If you are thinking about paying the ransom, check your backups to see if your personal files are backed up – in which case, paying the ransom is unnecessary – and evaluate if you can afford to take the risk of losing money. Whether or not you recover your files, you need to remove Ransomware, and this is what we need to discuss next.

We have prepared a manual removal guide that will help you erase Ransomware from your operating system yourself. Of course, if you lack experience, it might be difficult for you to identify and erase all of the components of this malicious infection, but the steps below should help you get through the operation with ease. Keep in mind that you will not decrypt your files by deleting the ransomware, and you have to handle your files before you initiate its removal. Although the manual removal option might be attractive, we recommend using anti-malware software that is created to identify and eliminate malware automatically. We suggest using this software because it can clean your operating system without leaving any leftovers behind, and it can ensure further protection.

Delete Ransomware

  1. Launch Explorer (tap Win+E keys) and enter these directories into the address bar one by one to check for a malicious executable that requires removal (right-click the file and select Delete):
    • %WINDIR%\System32\
    • %WINDIR%\Syswow64\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
  2. Launch RUN (tap Win+R keys) and enter regedit.exe to access Registry Editor.
  3. Go to HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop.
  4. Right-click the value named Wallpaper and select Modify.
  5. Delete C:\Users\user\how to decrypt your files.jpg in the value data and click OK.
  6. Go to HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Wallpapers.
  7. Right-click the value named BackgroundHistoryPath0and select Modify.
  8. Delete C:\Users\user\how to decrypt your files.jpg in the value data and click OK.
  9. Go to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  10. Right-click and Delete the value that represents the deleted executable file.

In non-techie terms:

Whether or not you should remove Ransomware is not a question. This infection does not try to conceal itself, and it is obvious that it has no good intentions. The question that most victims have is what should be done about the encrypted files? Unfortunately, a legitimate decryptor does not exist, and there are no guarantees that cyber crooks would release a decryptor if they got your ransom payment. If your files are backed up, you can delete the ransomware without further hesitation, but keep in mind that your operating system is vulnerable. Whether the threat has slithered in via a spam email attachment or using another security backdoor, it is your job to reinforce protection and have all security backdoors patched. Due to this, we advise implementing anti-malware software right away.