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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

Trick-Or-Treat Ransomware

A new ransomware infection Trick-Or-Treat Ransomware has been detected in the wild by specialists who work in the cyber security department. Surprisingly, it is not as dangerous as other ransomware infections. At the time of writing, it did not do anything really bad, we have to admit. It just opened a window on the screen. Therefore, we cannot consider it a very harmful malicious application. Of course, everything might change one day, i.e., it might be updated, so you are not allowed to keep Trick-Or-Treat Ransomware on your computer. Since it is not a very serious infection, you could delete it from your system quite easily too. Generally speaking, your only task will be to delete the file downloaded/launched. If you are just interested in the Trick-Or-Treat Ransomware removal, go to read the last paragraph of this article right away; however, if you are interested in how it works, you should read the article from beginning to end.

Trick-Or-Treat Ransomware does not encrypt users’ files, does not lock the screen, and does not apply any other major modifications on victims’ computers once it infects them. The only sign showing that the entrance of this ransomware infection was successful is the black window opened on the screen. It contains the only sentence: “Uh Oh! Your Files Have Been Encrypted By Trick Or Treat Ransomware!.” Also, there is a button “Decrypt My File’s!” at the lower part of the window. Do not worry; there is nothing to decrypt because this ransomware infection has not encrypted any of your files – it just wants to scare you into believing that you have lost your data. Unlike other threats known as ransomware infections, it does not demand a ransom either. Specialists working at have found it very surprising that this ransomware infection does not demand money from users, so, according to them, the chances are high that this infection is fake or still in development. There are no guarantees that it will not be updated soon, so if you have already detected this threat on your computer, you should uninstall it right away. If you keep it and it ever gets updates, you might find a bunch of your files encrypted. Cyber criminals create ransomware infections that can lock users’ personal files seeking to obtain money from them. Do not become one of these unfortunate users – delete Trick-Or-Treat Ransomware right away if you have already found it on your system.

We cannot tell you much about the distribution of Trick-Or-Treat Ransomware because it is a new infection that is still in the development phase, meaning that cyber criminals do not distribute it actively yet. If it ever evolves into a serious threat, the chances are high that it will be mainly distributed via spam emails like a bunch of other ransomware infections, specialists say. Ransomware infections usually travel as attachments in spam emails, but if you ever find an email in Spam containing URL, do not click open it either because you might install malware on your computer. Also, you should keep in mind that ransomware infections might wait for users on file-sharing websites too, so always download software from trustworthy pages only. Unfortunately, other deceptive tactics might be used to promote ransomware infections too. We have to admit that it is not always very easy to prevent ransomware infections from entering systems. Because of this, we highly recommend that you enable a security application on your computer.

The window opened on your Desktop by Trick-Or-Treat Ransomware can be easily closed by clicking X. Also, the version of this infection analyzed by our malware researchers does not block any system utilities, does not create a point of execution, does not encrypt files, and does not apply any other changes, so if you have encountered the same version of this ransomware infection, you should not find it very hard to erase it. All you need to do is to close the window and then delete the launched executable file. You should be able to find it on Desktop (%USERPROFILE%\Desktop) or among recently downloaded files in the Downloads (%USERPROFILE%\Downloads) folder. If it is nowhere to be seen, perform a system scan with a malware remover. It will find and delete it for you in no time and, on top of that, it will erase all other malicious components it manages to find.

Delete Trick-Or-Treat Ransomware

  1. Click X to close the black window opened by the ransomware infection.
  2. Delete the malicious file launched recently. You should be able to find it in %USERPROFILE%\Desktop or %USERPROFILE%\Downloads (open Explorer by tapping Win+E and then type the directory in the bar at the top to open it).
  3. Empty Recycle bin.
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