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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • System crashes
  • Slow Computer Ransomware Ransomware is a super-annoying infection that will enter your computer with an intention of encrypting personal files. Once it is inside the system, it immediately encrypts such files as documents, music, videos, and third-party applications. In other words, it is targeted at those files the majority of users do not want to lose. Ransomware does not lock all these personal files just for fun. Our researchers are sure that there is the one and only reason why this threat has been developed by cyber criminals – they seek to extort money from users. Of course, they know that it will not be that easy to lure users out of money, so they give them the reason to pay money. You will not find any information about the ransom in any of the files created by Ransomware on your computer; however, we can assure you that you will receive an email explaining how to make a payment if you write an email to We have two main arguments against payments to cyber criminals. First, you might not get the decryptor even though cyber crooks promise to send it after they receive money from you. Second, the ransomware infection will not disappear from your computer even though you make a payment, which means that all your new files might be encrypted again in the future. You will be safe only if you get rid of Ransomware, so we suggest doing that right now. Ransomware is based on the CrySIS Ransomware, so it shares many similarities with Redshitline Ransomware, Ransomware, Ransomware, Green_ray Ransomware, and Saraswati Ransomware. All the aforementioned threats encrypt files the second they enter computers with the encryption key RSA-2048. To unlock these files, a user needs to have a private key, which is only known for cyber criminals. Of course, they can try to buy it from them, but, as we have already mentioned, we do not think that it is a good idea to do that because they might not get anything after making a payment. What you can do instead is to download a free data recovery tool or a decryptor from the web and then use it instead. If you do not find any tool that could help you, you should not remove the ransomware infection but keep the files it has encrypted (they will have a new filename extension .id-(unique ID).{}.xtbl). You might be able to unlock them and thus gain access to them one day.

If the ransomware infection enters your PC, you will not only notice a bunch of encrypted files on the computer, but will also find a new file Decryption instructions.txt on Desktop, and your Wallpaper will be changed. Furthermore, experienced users might also notice changes in the system registry, e.g. a new Value will be created in the Run registry key (HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). On top of that, Ransomware will put its executable file to several different directories. To be frank, this makes it uneasy to delete this infection. Do not worry; you will definitely get rid of it with our help. Just continue reading this article.

Ransomware infections always enter computers secretly. It has been found that cyber criminals spread them through spam emails frequently; however, there are other ways they are distributed too. For example, they might be dropped by Trojans, or users might get them from third-party web pages. It will not be very easy to prevent ransomware from entering the computer, so we suggest that you install security software to protect your system from dangers. Make sure you do that right after the Ransomware removal because Internet is a dangerous place.

To remove Ransomware fully from your computer, you will have to find and erase the executable file of this infection. Unfortunately, it might be hiding in several different directories and its name is random, so you might find it difficult to eliminate it. On top of that, you will have to undo the changes it has made in the system registry yourself. If this sounds too difficult, use an automatic malware remover, e.g. SpyHunter. It will do this job for you, and you will just have to launch the scanner.

Delete Ransomware

  1. Open the File Explorer.
  2. Go to these directories to find the executable file and its copies that belong to the ransomware (copy and paste the directory in the URL bar to open it):
  • %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\
  • %WINDIR%\Syswow64\
  • %WINDIR%\System32\
  1. Delete them.
  2. Close Explorer.
  3. Tap Win+R.
  4. Type regedit.exe in the box and click OK.
  5. Open HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  6. Find the Value with the Value data %WINDIR%\Syswow64\*.exe or %WINDIR%\System32\*.exe (* - random name).
  7. Move to HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop.
  8. Right-click on the Wallpaper Value and select Delete.
  9. Right-click on the Value BackgroundHistoryPath0 which you will find in HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Wallpapers.
  10. Delete it.
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