Ransomware Removal Guide

Do you know what Ransomware is?

The devious Ransomware is an infection that Windows users can face if their systems are not protected and if they are not cautious themselves. The infection can exploit existing vulnerabilities and use various backdoors (e.g., spam emails or malicious downloaders) to get in without notice. If the threat is executed, the victim has to remove it immediately; otherwise, files are encrypted, and the attack is complete. The main task is to corrupt all personal files, but the main goal is to convince the victim to pay a ransom. Unfortunately, if extremely important files are corrupted, and backup copies do not exist, convincing users to pay a ransom might be much easier. In any case, deleting Ransomware is most important, and if you are interested, keep reading.

The encryption process is simple, but understanding it if you are inexperienced might be tough. The main gist is that an encryption key is applied to specific files – they are identified using their file types – and the data within the files is scrambled to make it unreadable. You might not even know it, but you face encryption every day, and your passwords unlock encrypted data. So, you need a “password” to unlock the files corrupted by Ransomware too. Unfortunately, the decryption key is in the hands of the attackers who created the infection. Without a doubt, they have no reason to give it up for free, and that is why they demand a ransom instead. It is unknown how much the creator of the infection would ask, but it is likely that the sum would be quite hefty. Everbe Ransomware and other clones of the Ransomware present the same demands, and, of course, they also require Ransomware Removal Ransomware screenshot
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Did you find the “.[]” extension attached to your personal files? If you can see this marker, the file cannot be opened because it was encrypted by Ransomware. The extension, as you can see includes two email addresses, and they are also represented via the “!=How_recovery_files=!.html” file. This file should be created in every folder that contains corrupted files, and so you shouldn’t need to look far for it. When you open it, you are introduced to a message that informs about the encryption and that instructs to email or to get more information about the decryption of files. You should not do this. Cyber attackers want your money, and they do not care whether or not your files are decrypted. If you send a message, you will be asked to pay the ransom, and if you do it, you will lose money along with files.

You must remove Ransomware. That is not up for discussion. This malware is dangerous, and the sooner you eliminate it, the better. Since your files are encrypted, you might be trying to decrypt them before you can initiate removal; however, if you do not want to lose your money, you shouldn’t even contact the attackers. Hopefully, backups of your personal files exist, and you can focus on the removal of the infection. It is easiest to delete Ransomware using anti-malware software that, at the same time, can automatically erase all threats and reinstate full Windows protection. If you want to eliminate the infection manually, you need to find the launcher file first. If you cannot do it yourself, employ a tool that will do it automatically.

Delete Ransomware

  1. Delete all copies of the !=How_recovery_files=!.html file.
  2. Delete the [random].exe file that launched the infection.
  3. Empty Recycle Bin and then immediately install a legitimate malware scanner.
  4. Perform a full system scan to check if other threats exist.

In non-techie terms:

When personal files are corrupted by Ransomware, they cannot be restored. Even if a ransom is paid to obtain an alleged decryptor, the files are likely to remain encrypted. The only solution to the problem is backups. If backup copies are stored outside the infected computer, you should be able to access them, but do so only after you remove Ransomware from your operating system. Manual removal might be possible, but you should initiate it only if you can find the launcher file. Otherwise, and if you understand the importance of securing your system, we recommend installing anti-malware software. Should you have questions about the removal processes, or you need advice on Windows security, do not hesitate to leave a comment below.