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

Ranscam Ransomware

Ranscam Ransomware is a new version of the CryptoFinancial Ransomware. It is not very popular yet, according to specialists; however, it might still sneak onto your computer one day if you are rather careless and do not even have a security tool that could protect your PC from harm installed on your system. Even though Ranscam Ransomware is not very prevalent these days, you will immediately understand that it has entered your computer because it will open a full-screen window containing the ransom note on Desktop. If you already see it placed on your screen, you have probably already understood yourself that Ranscam Ransomware sneaks onto computers with an intention of obtaining money from users. Keep your money to yourself and rush to remove this infection from your computer. Trust us; the removal process will not be a piece of cake, so the best what you can do now is to read the article. You will find out why and how to get rid of the ransomware.

Ransomware infections are developed by cyber criminals to extort money from users. Ranscam Ransomware is no exception. Specialists at have conducted research and found that this threat also asks users to pay 0.2 Bitcoins (~ $135). People are told to do that in order to gain access to their computers and files that have been encrypted by the ransomware infection. All the information is provided in the full-screen message placed on Desktop:

Your computer and files are encrypted

You must pay 0.2 Bitcoins to unlock your computer

Your files have been moved to a hidden partition and crypted. Essential programs in your computer have been locked and your computer will not function properly.

The message put on Desktop will really not allow you to access your Desktop unless you close it by tapping Alt+F4; however, Ranscam Ransomware does not encrypt files even though it is said that it does so. Instead, it deletes them all permanently. This also means that there is no point in paying the ransom it requires because this will not bring your files back. Researchers have found that this threat also hides some folders, which means that users will not find them unless they get rid of Ranscam Ransomware. To be frank, we suggest doing that as soon as possible if you wish to use your computer normally again. Of course, your files (images, videos, programs, and other personal files) will not be brought back to you, but you should still try to restore them by using free data recovery software you can get from the web. Before you install it, make sure it is fully reliable.

Ranscam Ransomware does not have an official website, so we are sure that users have not downloaded and installed it willingly on their systems. Judging from the amount of complaints on the web, this threat always enters computers without permission. Researchers at also say that ransomware infections are usually distributed through spam emails and thus enter PCs rather secretly. For example, users could receive a decent-looking spam email containing an invoice as an attachment. If it is opened, Ranscam Ransomware enters the computer and starts performing its activities. As you already know, it immediately puts the message on Desktop once it enters the system; however, this is definitely not the only thing it does. It has been found that it also creates the .exe files in %APPDATA%\Roaming and %TEMP% directories. In addition, it creates its own task in %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks\Update to be able to launch again if the PC is restarted.

All other ransomware infections, including CryptoRoger Ransomware, BitSak Ransomware, and Microsoft Decryptor Ransomware (prevalent these days) are spread through spam emails too, so you should not open spam emails ever again. On top of that, security specialists highly recommend installing a trustworthy antimalware scanner and launching it from time to time. Last but not least, users should stay away from questionable third-party websites if they do not want to encounter malware again.

We suggest following our step by step removal instructions if you wish to erase Ranscam Ransomware from the system easily and quickly. Deleted files will not be returned to you; however, you will, at least, be able to use your PC normally. If you do not wish to encounter another serious computer any time soon, you should not forget to scan your computer with an automatic malware remover, e.g. SpyHunter to erase all other existing infections that might help malware to sneak onto your computer. An automatic tool will also delete the remaining components of Ranscam Ransomware, if there are any left.

Remove Ranscam Ransomware manually

  1. Tap Alt+F4 to close the active window, i.e. the window with the ransom note.
  2. Remove the malicious file you have recently downloaded.
  3. Press Win+E.
  4. Enter %APPDATA%\Roaming in the URL bar.
  5. Locate winstrsp.exe and delete it.
  6. Go to %TEMP%.
  7. Remove the winopen.exewinopen.exe file.
  8. Access %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks\Update.
  9. Locate the file whose name consist of letters, e.g. WVGtpmEUlXdWVGtpmEUlXdhuSpCpqZGMuTRLhuSpCpqZGMuTRL.
  10. Delete it.
  11. Empty the Recycle bin and then restart your computer.
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