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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

CA$HOUT Ransomware

CA$HOUT Ransomware is not one of those file-encrypting ransomware infections. It acts more like a screenlocker, specialists at pcthreat.com say. Instead of encrypting users’ personal files like other ransomware infections do, e.g. Gpaa Ransomware, Zilla Ransomware, and SucyLocker Ransomware, it places a window on Desktop. It covers the entire screen, and, unfortunately, it cannot be removed by clicking X. Fortunately, it does not lock the screen completely – users can still navigate Windows using the Alt+Tab keyboard shortcut and reboot their computers. Once they do this, the screen-locking window will disappear from Desktop because CA$HOUT Ransomware does not create a Startup entry or a Value in the Run registry key. This also means that it will be easier to delete this infection from the system. We will talk about the removal of this ransomware infection after we analyze how it acts on victims’ computers.

As mentioned in the first paragraph, CA$HOUT Ransomware is not one of those ransomware infections which enter computers with the intention of encrypting users’ personal files. Instead, it places a screen-locking window on Desktop after the successful entrance. There is a message left for users. It tells victims that their computers have been locked and files have been encrypted, which is not true. Also, it asks people to send $100 via PaySafeCard or Google Play Store Card. Cyber criminals accept only these two payment methods not without reason. Without a doubt, their primary goal is not to get caught. Do not send them money even if you already see a window on Desktop because there are no guarantees that it will be removed for you. Also, there is a way to unlock the screen for free. All you need to do is to delete CA$HOUT Ransomware fully. This is a necessary step to restore the functionality of Task Manager. Yes, you have understood correctly - CA$HOUT Ransomware disables this system utility too. Most probably, it wants to make its removal quite a challenging procedure. We cannot promise that it will be easy to delete this infection from the system, but we are sure you will manage to get rid of it with our help. The next paragraph will tell you more about its distribution, and then we will focus on its removal.

Researchers at pcthreat.com cannot confirm that CA$HOUT Ransomware is a very prevalent malicious application; however, according to them, it might still affect many computers because it is mainly distributed using two deceptive methods. First, it might be spread inside spam emails as an attachment. In this case, users themselves allow the ransomware infection to enter their computers by opening attachments they find in these emails. Second, research has shown that this ransomware infection might also be spread via RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) connections. No matter what is the story behind the entrance of this malicious application, you must delete it today from your system to unlock your screen and continue using your PC normally. After getting rid of this infection, you should go to ensure your system’s protection. If you are not an experienced user, is it not likely at all that you will manage to ensure the maximum system’s protection alone. Therefore, you should install a security application on your computer. As long as you keep it enabled on your PC, no malware could enter your computer. Keep in mind that the installation of an automatic security application does not mean that you can act carelessly on the web.

You must delete CA$HOUT Ransomware fully from your computer to unlock your Desktop. First, restart your computer. Then, remove all recently downloaded suspicious files. We suggest checking %TEMP%, %APPDATA%, %USERPROFILE%\Desktop, and %USERPROFILE%\Downloads first because these are directories in which malicious components usually hide. If you cannot find the malicious file, i.e. the ransomware launcher on your computer, perform a full system scan with an automated malware remover. There is a wide variety of tools available on the market these days, but not all those tools which claim to be powerful scanners are reputable, so do not download/install the first malware remover you find on the web. Scanning the system with an automated scanner is highly recommended even if you have successfully deleted CA$HOUT Ransomware from your PC because other infections might be silently working in the background without your knowledge too.

Delete CA$HOUT Ransomware

  1. Reboot your PC.
  2. When the Windows OS loads up, tap Win+E.
  3. Check %USERPROFILE%\Downloads, %USERPROFILE%\Desktop, %TEMP%, and %APPDATA%.
  4. Delete suspicious files you find in these directories.
  5. Empty the Trash bin after deleting them all.
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