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

Wannacry 3.0 Ransomware

Wannacry 3.0 Ransomware is yet a new variant of the infamous WannaCry Ransomware that has caused huge damage globally when it hit the web and started to spread not about two months ago. Since that severe malicious attack came to a halt caused by a guy named Matthieu Suiche who found the kill-switch domain and he actually registered it afterwards, a new version appeared soon that was called Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 Ransomware by researchers. This version was the work of a hacker team who made some minor modifications and “killed the kill-switch”; however, it seems that this variant has not got too far before a third version has seen the light of day. This new version has brought back the kill-switch again, which does not seem to be a good idea after all, since our “hero” has found it and registered it right away to stop the spread. In any case, if you are infected with this new version, we do not advise you to pay the ransom fee. We recommend that you remove Wannacry 3.0 Ransomware from your system because otherwise you will not able to use your PC securely.

Our research shows that there are mainly two channels for this ransomware to spread. Probably the most likely way is via spamming campaigns. This spam mail has an attachment that is indeed the malicious executable disguised as an image or a text document. The problem is that this file can even have the matching icon so that you would not even doubt that this is not actually an image. So when you find it in a mail that claims that the attached file contains information or proof about an unsettled invoice that is overdue, wrongly given credit card details, or an undelivered parcel, you would be likely to want to open it and see it. This spam is very tricky and convincing. These criminals may use legitimate names and e-mail addresses to pose as senders. The subject, as we mentioned, can be anything that would raise your eyebrows and would want to click on this mail ASAP. Please remember that once you activate this infection, you will not be able to stop the encryption of your files. Just because you delete Wannacry 3.0 Ransomware, your files will not be recovered.

Another way for you to let this dangerous program onto your computer is clicking on unsafe third-party contents, such as pop-up ads and banners. It is possible that you are offered a software update while you are surfing the web. You may also see an ad that tells about an alleged malware attack and that you need to scan your computer right now or install an offered program. However, these usually end badly for you as you may drop a whole bundle of malware threats onto your system or this dangerous ransomware program. You can also end up on malicious websites created with Exploit Kits (e.g., Angler). This also starts with a click on the wrong content. You should avoid suspicious websites, for example, because you may click on corrupt third-party ads and get redirected to such a malicious website. When your browser loads this page with the Exploit Kits, the malicious Java or Flash code activates and drops this infection. It is important to mention that you can prevent such an attack from happening if you keep your browsers and drivers updated. Obviously, it does not really matter how you infected your computer because you need to delete Wannacry 3.0 Ransomware anyway.

This new version can also encrypt all your important files, including your photos, audio and video files, documents, and archives, the moment it is activated. This whole process should not take longer than a few minutes; therefore, you are not really given enough time to react or to save your files from encryption. This new ransomware seems to use a new kill-switch,; however, the IT expert (Matthieu Suiche), who halted the first global attack, found this version emerging and registered this domain right away to create a sinkhole and stop the spreading of this vicious program. As you can see, somehow this WannaCry Ransomware rises from the dead every time even if by different hacker groups. This version may also demand hundreds of US dollars worth of Bitcoins for the decryption key but we do not advise you to transfer it. In fact, there is little chance only that you will ever get anything from these criminals. Unfortunately, you might even get another malware infection instead of the key. We advise you to remove Wannacry 3.0 Ransomware as soon as possible.

After you manage to close the ransom note window, you should check the Windows Registry database for a suspicious Run key that you need to delete so that this threat cannot start up automatically with Windows. Then you need to find the related malicious file and delete that one, too. Please use our guide below if you need help with this. If you are planning to provide your PC proper protection, we recommend that you install a reliable anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter.

How to remove Wannacry 3.0 Ransomware from Windows

  1. Tap Win+R and enter regedit. Click OK.
  2. Locate HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run registry key, see if it has a suspicious new entry with possibly a random name, and remove it.
  3. Close your editor.
  4. Tap Win+E to open your File Explorer.
  5. Find and delete the malicious .exe file you saved from the spam.
  6. Empty your Recycle Bin and reboot your system.
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