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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

Iron Ransomware

Iron Ransomware is a computer infection that will encrypt your files and demand that you pay a ransom fee (obviously). It is not that much different from other ransomware programs that we have covered before. Therefore, we would like to tell you a little bit more about this infection and ransomware programs in general. Needless to say, you need to remove Iron Ransomware from your computer as soon as possible. After all, you have to look for ways to restore your files, too. Please bear in mind that it might not be possible to get all of your files back immediately.

Although there are a lot of ransomware infections out there, most of them follow the same distribution patterns, and only a few of them become global threats like the notorious Wanna Cry Ransomware. But just because we have not heard of Iron Ransomware before, it does not mean that this program is not dangerous. It is a terribly annoying infection that can easily deny access to most of your personal files. And once that happen, the chances are that you will not be able to restore them immediately because the infection will not issue the decryption key. That is the usual course of events when it comes to relatively unknown infections.

Of course, it would be a lot better to avoid such infections altogether. For that, you need to know how Iron Ransomware spreads around. According to our research, the infection might take at least two routes of ransomware distribution. First, it might be distributed via spam email attachments. This is the most common ransomware distribution method. It is massive and cheap. That is why hackers often choose to spread their malicious programs via such means. It is also quite easy to avoid getting infected with Iron Ransomware if you recognize the spam email patterns that are part of the ransomware distribution network.

Some users might say that it is not possible for spam email to land in their main inbox because they get filtered to their Junk folder. Unfortunately, not all email service providers manage to filter potentially harmful messages. Not to mention that these days, spam emails are quite sophisticated, and they often look like official notifications from reliable companies. Sometimes the messages that try to infect you with malware may also look like alerts from shipping service or even your local post office. So you have to be really aware of all your latest transactions and purchases.

The point is you can always scan the file that you had to download from the email message. For that, you can use a reliable antispyware application. If the scan does not detect anything suspicious, you can open the file. But please note that if you open unfamiliar attachment files without checking them, it is very likely that you will get infected with Iron Ransomware or any other dangerous program. Therefore, to protect yourself from such intruders, you need to exercise caution. Do not open a file just because the message tells you so.

Nevertheless, if Iron Ransomware manages to enter your system, it will surely encrypt most of your files. The infection comes from the Maktub Ransomware family, so it will perform the encryption process successfully, like its predecessors. Once the encryption is complete, the program will add the ‘.encry’ extension to all of the affected files. For example, if you had a sky.jpg file, after the encryption, the filename will look like The program will also launch a window that tells you about the encryption. If you close the window, the infection will open a new browser window redirecting you to In order to close the window opened by Iron Ransomware, you need to either kill the process via Task Manager or restart the computer (as the program does not start together with Windows).

It is necessary to remove Iron Ransomware immediately. It should not be hard to get rid of this infection because it does not drop any additional files. However, you may have to start anew if you do not have copies of your files saved someplace else, as there is no public decryption key available for this infection. Therefore, please consider all your options, and you if need any assistance, do not hesitate to contact professionals.

How to Remove Iron Ransomware

  1. Open your Downloads folder.
  2. Delete all the recently downloaded files.
  3. Run a full system scan.
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