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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans

Ransed Ransomware

It is not known yet whether Ransed Ransomware is still in development or if it is a failed attempt to create a new powerful file-encrypting infection. Unfortunately, we cannot confirm that the latter is the case, and it is possible that this ransomware will start terrorizing Windows users soon. At the time of research, the threat could not connect to the C&C server, due to which it could not perform the encryption of files. Also, it was found that a key that possibly could be used for the decryption of the files was placed on the PC. If the server was back up again, and the infection connected to it, the chances are that the key would be deleted automatically. Although it is not fully clear how the threat operates, we can provide you with some information about it. Also, we can show you how to protect yourself against it or how to remove Ransed Ransomware if it slithers in. Without a doubt, if the infection becomes active or if new information emerges, we will update you as soon as possible.

It appears that anyone these days can create ransomware infections, and with some of them being highly successful and lucrative, it is not surprising that new ones are being created every single day. Unsurprisingly, many infections do not function properly, and that is not always to the benefit of the victim. While in many cases the creators of these threats cannot collect ransom payments, the file encryption occurs anyway. BrainLag Ransomware and Cryptodark Ransomware are few of the many infections that appear to be underdeveloped. That might be the fate of Ransed Ransomware as well, but, at this point, we still cannot confirm that. Another thing that we are not 100% sure about is how this threat is intended to spread. Maybe its installer would be concealed as a harmless file represented via a spam email, or maybe it would be downloaded silently along with other suspicious programs. The good news is that, for the most part, the invasion of ransomware is preventable by employing trusted anti-malware software that can delete infections before they cause any harm.

If Ransed Ransomware entered your operating system, it would use the AES-128 encryption cipher to corrupt files with such extensions as .txt, .doc, .jpg, .mp3, .rar, and .zip. The encryption key is generated locally, and it should be found in the HKCU\RANSED registry key. As mentioned previously, if the C&C server ( was active, it is most likely that this key would be transferred and then deleted. Our researchers have found that the key is stored using MySQL, which is an open-source relational database management system, and that suggests that the login is hardcoded inside the malicious launcher. Overall, the researchers in our team agree that Ransed Ransomware is a poorly made threat. Despite that, it might attempt to get 25 USD out of you. At the time of research, we could not figure out how exactly the threat demands a ransom, but you should not pay it in any case. No matter what kind of promises you might be given, you cannot trust cyber criminals because they do not need to give you the decryption key. Because no one can force them to do it, they are more likely to disappear after they get the ransom payment, which, of course, is the ultimate goal.

Hopefully, Ransed Ransomware does not start spreading and infecting Windows operating systems, but if it does, there are a few steps that must be taken to remove this infection. It is most important to identify the malicious launcher that is responsible for unleashing the threat. If a process linked to this file is active, it is possible to find the launcher by analyzing this process. Although the manual removal of the ransomware is not extremely complicated, it can be tricky. Users who cannot delete Ransed Ransomware manually should not hesitate to employ the help of anti-malware software because its services extend beyond erasing malicious infections automatically. This software is also very good at keeping malware away, and that is what every user wants. Another piece of advice from our research team is to back up files because if they are backed up, nothing can harm them.

Ransed Ransomware Removal

  1. Tap keys Ctrl+Shift+Esc to launch Task Manager.
  2. Click the Processes tab.
  3. Identify a malicious process, right-click it, and select Open file location.
  4. Terminate the malicious process (select End task/process).
  5. Delete the malicious file and then Empty Recycle Bin.
  6. Tap keys Win+R to launch RUN and then enter regedit.exe.
  7. In Registry Editor navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER.
  8. Delete the key named RANSED.
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