Ransomware Removal Guide

Do you know what Ransomware is?

If you ever find your pictures, documents, presentations, and other personal files encrypted with a new extension .id-(unique ID).{}.xtbl, then you should know that a serious computer infection Ransomware has infiltrated your computer. It is evident that this computer infection targets all the newest versions of Windows OS, which shows us that it has been designed to work on a large scale. Users who become victims of this ransomware infection quickly find out what has happened to their files. They not only see that their files carry the new extension, but also notice that nothing happens when they double-click on them with an intention of opening them. Cyber criminals know that what users value the most are their files, so they have created Ransomware to encrypt files. Once all the files are locked, cyber criminals ask users to make a payment for the decryption tool. It is up to you whether or not to acquire it; however, you need to know that it might be your only chance to get your personal files back. On the other hand, we are not 100% sure that you could decrypt your files after transferring money as well because cyber criminals are the only ones who can give you the key, and they might decide to keep it to themselves after receiving the payment. Ransomware does not inform users about the price of the decryptor. In order to find it, users have to contact cyber criminals personally by the provided email address Users who are not going to pay money to cyber crooks should not even write an email because it is a waste of time. Instead, they should delete the ransomware infection from their PCs and then employ free data recovery tools or decryptors. If you do not find an effective tool, do not delete those files having the lengthy extension because you will probably be able to decrypt them one Ransomware Removal Ransomware screenshot
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Ransomware infections having an email address in their names are all created on the basis of the CrySIS Ransomware. If you put two ransomware infections next to each other, you will find out quickly that they do not differ much. Ransomware is not a unique threat either. Specialists have found that it acts exactly like Ransomware and Ransomware. Speaking more specifically, it encrypts files, sets a new picture as Desktop background, and creates the .txt file (Decryption instructions.txt) with a single sentence telling users to write an email for further instructions.

From a more technical perspective, Ransomware makes the same changes as other ransomware infections from the same family. Our team of experienced specialists has revealed that this threat immediately places its executable file on the computer. It is known to us where it can be located, but this still means that it is not that easy to erase this infection from the system manually. On top of that, this infection applies changes in the system registry to change the Wallpaper and make sure that it does not disappear after the system restart. It is not easy, but it is possible to undo those changes. You just need to delete Ransomware from the system. We will focus on the deletion process in the last paragraph of this article.

Before we start talking about the removal of ransomware, you need to know that these infections always enter computers without permission. There are two ways these threats are spread mainly. First of all, it has been found that the Trojan-dropper might be responsible for the presence of the ransomware infection on your computer. Secondly, you might have simply opened an attachment from the spam email recently. It is easier to protect the computer from adware, potentially unwanted programs, or other ordinary threats; however, it will definitely not be easy to prevent ransomware from sneaking onto the computer. Therefore, we suggest installing a reputable security tool as soon as possible. As long as you have it, update it periodically, and keep it enabled, you will not need to worry about the entrance of malware.

You might find the manual Ransomware removal quite a challenging task because its files have random names, and it is hard to find them. Also, you will have to open the Registry Editor and undo the changes in the system registry by yourself. Of course, our manual removal guide will help you, but if you find the removal process too complicated, you should use an automatic tool SpyHunter. You will only have to install it and launch its scanner if you wish it to remove all the existing infections from your PC.

Remove Ransomware manually

  1. Press Win+R.
  2. Type regedit.exe in the box and click OK.
  3. Open HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  4. Find and delete the Value (it has the random name) that belongs to the ransomware to make sure that it cannot launch again.
  5. Move to HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Wallpapers.
  6. Right-click on BackgroundHistoryPath0 and select Delete.
  7. Go to HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop.
  8. Locate the Wallpaper Value and right-click on it.
  9. Select Delete.
  10. The executable file ({randomname}.exe) might hide in any of these directories, so check them and delete the file:
  • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
  • %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
  • %WINDIR%\Syswow64\
  • %WINDIR%\System32\

In non-techie terms:

Ransomware infections are developed by cyber criminals to steal money from users, so if such an infection ever enters your computer, you can consider your files lost. Of course, theoretically, it is possible to get them back by paying the amount of money cyber criminals require; however, in reality, this might not work at all, so you should keep the money to yourself.