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

Guardware@india.com Ransomware

Guardware@india.com Ransomware is a malware threat that you do not want to encounter. This ransomware infection can sneak onto your machine without your noticing it and cause severe damage to you and your files. We have found that this threat is quite similar to other infections that use the same e-mail domain, including Bitcoinpay@india.com Ransomware and Melme@india.com Ransomware. We cannot confirm that there is any real connection between these malicious programs but there are certainly a handful of them that have very similar features and behavior. Unfortunately, we cannot tell you that there is a free decryption tool on the web that you could download and use to recover your files; at least, not just yet. Therefore, your only chance to get your files back is to have a backup copy on a portable drive. The cyber criminals behind this attack also offer you a solution, i.e., a ransom fee that would allegedly lead to unblocking your files. However, it is always risky to contact criminals and send them money as there is no guarantee that they will send you anything. Instead of possibly losing your money, we recommend that you remove Guardware@india.com Ransomware as soon as possible.

While you may think that this dangerous threat appeared on your computer in some magical and inexplicable way, we are sorry to bring you the sad news that it is most often you, the user, who is responsible for allowing such a beast to enter the system. This can happen quite easily when you open a spam e-mail, save its attachment, and open this file from your hard disk. As you can see, there are three main steps and practically three clicks involved on the road towards losing your files to this malicious program. Most users believe that they would never open such a mail, but let us remind you that this spam could be very misleading and convincing, too. It may make you think that it comes from a local or state authority, a well-known company, hotel, parcel delivery service, and so on. And then, there is the subject line, which you will see right away when going through the list of your unread mails either it ends up in the spam folder or in your inbox. This subject will most likely catch your eyes and make you wonder.

This is the moment when you feel the urge to open it and if you are infected with this major threat, we are sorry to say but it managed to fool you, too. The body of this spam usually does not say too much about the supposed urgent issue in question. Instead, it leads you to the attachment as the only solution or clarity you can get. This is when you want to save it quickly and open it right away and this is also the most problematic part as you practically infect your own system with this serious ransomware. Hopefully, after this, you will take prevention more seriously. Because even if you manage to delete Guardware@india.com Ransomware, it will be too late since all your files will have been encrypted by the time you even realize what has happened.

Our research indicates that this ransomware uses the good old AES-256 algorithm following the footsteps of most of its peers. It changes the affected file names by adding “.id-B4500913.guardware@india.com.xtbl” to them. After finishing its dirty job, it also drops a file called "decryption instructions.jpg," which is indeed the ransom note. This image is displayed to inform you about the encryption and offer you a solution, but apart from the Guardware@india.com e-mail address and that you have to send an e-mail to this address there is nothing else really to learn. We do not advise you to contact these criminals because chances are you will believe that the only chance for you to recover your files is to transfer them the required ransom fee. We believe that you would simply lose more than “just” your files if you do so. As we have already mentioned above, there is little chance that these criminals would bother at all to send you the decryption key or a tool after you send them the money. This amount is not know yet, but it could be anything starting from 0.1 BTC up to 1 BTC ($74 to $740), which is the usual rate crooks tend to demand. We advise you to delete Guardware@india.com Ransomware ASAP if you want to use your computer again.

In order to eliminate this threat, you do not need to restart your computer in Safe Mode, since this threat does not lock your screen and neither does it block your major system files, such as the Registry Editor, the Task Manager, and the Explorer. Therefore, you simply need to know where to look and delete all related files. We are here to help you with that, too. So please use our guide below if you want to manually tackle this ransomware infection. However, if you want proper protection for your PC that automatically takes care of all known malicious attacks, we suggest that you employ a powerful anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter.

Remove Guardware@india.com Ransomware from Windows

  1. Tap Win+E to open File Explorer.
  2. Locate and bin the executable attachment you saved from the spam.
  3. Delete the random .exe file (“*”) from these possible locations:
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\*.exe
    %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\*.exe
    %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\*.exe
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\*.exe
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\*.exe
    %WINDIR%\Syswow64\*.exe (64-bit)
  4. Locate and bin the ransom note image, "decryption instructions.jpg"
  5. Tap Win+R and enter regedit. Click OK.
  6. Delete the following registry entries with random names (“*”):
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\* (with value data: “%WINDIR%\Syswow64\*.exe”) (64-bit)
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\* (with value data: “%WINDIR%\System32\*.exe”)
  7. Close your editor.
  8. Empty your Recycle Bin and restart your system.
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