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Danger level 8
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Normal system programs crash immediatelly
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

File Spider Ransomware

If you cannot open your data and you have found files opening a “YOUR PC HAS BEEN INFECTED WITH FILE SPIDER VIRUS” message on your PC, File Spider Ransomware must have affected your computer. This threat is a nasty ransomware infection that primarily targets users living in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia, but, of course, it is still capable of infiltrating users’ computers no matter where they live because it is distributed via malicious emails. On top of that, it might hide behind ordinary software on P2P websites or slither onto users’ computers after they click on malicious links. Of course, File Spider Ransomware acts the same in all the cases. That is, it goes to encrypt valuable files it finds stored on compromised machines right away, so it does not take long for users to find out about its successful entrance. Are you reading this article because you have discovered the ransomware infection on your computer too? If it is the case, you must go to delete this threat from your system as soon as possible. Do not even think about sending money to malicious software developers because there are many cases when users do not get anything in return from them. In other words, you cannot know whether or not you could unlock your data after making a payment. At the time of writing, it was only possible to restore encrypted files from a backup, but there is a possibility that free decryption software will be developed in the future. Before you restore your files, you must delete the ransomware infection fully from your computer. We will tell you more about the removal of this threat in the second half of this report.

We are sure you will sooner or later find out about the successful entrance of File Spider Ransomware because you will find your pictures, documents, music, and a bunch of other files with .fxc, .dvi, .orx, .movie, .gpn, .cma, .crd, .pth, .pwa, .boc, .htc, .docx, .rtx, .run, .openbsd, .pfs, .prt, and .readme (it is not a full list) completely encrypted. That is, you could no longer access them. You do not need to go to check all your files to find out which of them have been locked by File Spider Ransomware because those affected files get the .spider extension appended to them all. As research has shown, this malicious application not only mercilessly locks users’ personal files, but it should also kill taskmgr, msconfig, regedit, Starter, and some other processes. Most likely, it does that to make its removal a more difficult task. No matter how hard it is to erase ransomware infections, you must delete File Spider Ransomware as soon as possible so that it could not lock more files on your computer. You will not decrypt these affected files by erasing this infection from the system, but you have no guarantees that you could unlock them after you send the ransom to crooks either. Of course, you are the only one who can decide what to do in this situation.

As has been noticed, File Spider Ransomware is mainly spread via malicious emails. It is spread masqueraded as a harmless email attachment (specifically speaking, a document regarding the debt collection), and it looks like an ordinary MS Word document, so it does not surprise us at all that many users allow this threat to enter their computers themselves. After the successful entrance, File Spider Ransomware goes to lock users’ personal files and might even kill certain processes, as you should already know, but these are not all activities it performs on victims’ computers. It also drops two files on compromised machines. You will find HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.url in all affected directories and you will see a new file DECRYPTER.url on Desktop. If you decide to erase the ransomware infection from your computer manually, you will need to delete all those files yourself. The last paragraph of this report contains more information about the File Spider Ransomware removal.

File Spider Ransomware creates a folder in %APPDATA% after the successful entrance. Also, it drops two .url files on compromised machines. If you make a decision to remove File Spider Ransomware manually, you will need to delete all these components yourself one by one (you can use our manual removal guide – see below). Since you need to perform all these removal steps yourself, we cannot promise that you will find it very easy to remove the ransomware infection from your computer. If you feel that the manual removal method is not for you, you can clean your computer automatically instead. You just need to acquire a powerful antimalware scanner to do this. Frankly speaking, the latter is the easiest removal method.

Remove File Spider Ransomware

  1. Press Win+E simultaneously.
  2. Type %APPDATA% in the URL bar at the top of your Explorer.
  3. Locate the Spider folder, right-click it, and select Delete.
  4. Remove DECRYPTER.url from Desktop (%USERPROFILE%\Desktop).
  5. Delete HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.url from all affected directories.
  6. Empty Recycle bin.
  7. Reboot your computer.
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