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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 Ransomware Ransomware is a recently created malware that has many similarities with such infections as Redshitline Ransomware, Green_ray Ransomware, and other threats alike. What is similar about these malicious applications is that all of them add a rather long extension to the files they encrypt. In this case, the ransomware is programmed to encipher not only your personal files but also third-party application data. Even though removing the malware will not unlock encrypted data that is what we advise our readers to do. You might sacrifice your savings to pay the ransom, but no one can guarantee you that the Ransomware’s developers will keep their promises. If you want to get rid of the malicious program at once, we placed deletion instructions below that should help with the task.

It is possible that the threat could be distributed through Spam emails, which carry a malicious file. Users should keep it in mind that infected files are often disguised as text documents, invoices, and so on. Thus, even if the attachment does not looks dangerous, you should make sure that it is harmless. It is necessary if the file comes with spam or from someone you do not know. Given the consequences, after infecting the computer with Ransomware, it is better to be extra careful while opening any email attachments. For example, users can get an antimalware tool that would scan a suspicious file and warn about malicious data.

The malware starts its installation right after you launch the infected file. Our researchers indicated that Ransomware should place an executable file in both the %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data and %LOCALAPPDATA% directories. Additionally, the malware might create a Registry entry in the Run Once key that would point out to the same executable file in one of the two mentioned locations.

At the same time, the infection should begin the encryption process. Besides pictures, photos, videos, and other private files, the threat might also damage software that does not belong to Microsoft. You can identify the locked data by an additional extension that consists of email address, unique ID number, and .xtbl part. For instance, an encrypted document could look like this!crufcjucCuFP2RrcueFE64rcce#zajMZ34.xtbl.

Furthermore, Ransomware should add a few copies of How to restore files.hta in several different folders. The HTA file is a ransom note left by the malware’s creators. The message in it explains that your data is encrypted and to restore it you have only 24 hours. It also provides the email address that users are supposed to use while contacting the developers. As usual in such situations, the user should receive a reply that would state the price for the decryption software and the rest of the terms.

Even if you do not have any copies of your data, paying the ransom should be your last option. The cyber criminals might try to convince otherwise, but keep it in mind that they do not care about your data. Clearly, you cannot be certain if they will actually send you the decryptor once you pay the ransom. Thus, if the asked sum is rather huge, you should not risk losing your savings.

Therefore, if you have no intention of putting up with demands, and you do not want to see any messages from the malicious program, it is time to eliminate it. The instructions available below were prepared by our specialists who tested Ransomware. We can tell you exact locations of the data that you should erase, but some of the files could have random names, so it might cause some trouble for inexperienced users. On the other hand, if the instructions appear to be too complicated, we advise you to install a trustworthy antimalware tool instead and use it to remove the threat. Just, start the system scan and wait until the software detects the malware or other possible threats. When the report shows up, you should also notice a deletion button; click it and the tool will take care of malicious data.

Erase Ransomware

  1. Press Win+R, type regedit and click OK.
  2. Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  3. Locate a CLSID type value name with a random title (e.g. {7EE83558-92B4-4741-8714-1DE414DEA489}), its value data should point to an executable file located in the following path: C:\Users\user\AppData\Local.
  4. Right-click the value name and select Delete.
  5. Close the Registry Editor and open the Explorer (Win+E).
  6. Find these locations:
    %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data
  7. Search for executable files with a random title (e.g. trust.exe) in both of the directories listed above, right-click these files separately and select Delete.
  8. Navigate to:
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  9. Find files titled as How to restore files.hta, right-click them and press Delete.
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