- Slow Computer
- System crashes
- Connects to the internet without permission
- Installs itself without permissions
- Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
Sometimes fake infections give us a really good wake up call, and we could say that Wise Ransomware is one of those programs. It looks like a regular encrypting ransomware application, but it does nothing of the kind. It can sure give you a fright, but at least your files remain intact. You still need to remove Wise Ransomware from your system as soon as possible because no good can come from keeping this application on your computer. It is not complicated to terminate this intruder, so do it right now. If you need help with malware removal, please feel free to leave us a comment below this description.
You probably downloaded the installer file for Wise Ransomware accidentally when you opened some spam email. Ransomware programs often use spam emails to spread across the web, and it might seem that this method is not so smart in the end. After all, less than 10% of all spam emails reach their final target. However, the sheer amount of spam messages sent out is so big, that even this relatively “small” number of infections causes quite a chaos. The worst is that users could easily protect themselves from such intruders, but they often let their guard down.
When a spam email reaches you, it often looks like a legitimate notification from a reliable source. We believe that investing in cyber security education would help a lot of users, and it would prevent multiple infections. We’re not talking just about individual computer users here. Ransomware programs are bound to target corporate computer systems as well. They can easily infect small business and then demand ridiculous amounts of ransom to be paid. So if you are running a business, you should consider backing up your data once in a while in an external storage device, as well as educating your employees about the dangers behind random spam emails.
Wise Ransomware and other programs (that actually do encrypt files) come in attachment files that look like important documents. For example, some of the spam email messages that carry this infection may present themselves as online shopping invoices, shipping information, or financial accounts from various banks. But if you do not have an account in a particular bank and this “bank” sends you a file, it should raise quite a few red flags. Finally, if you feel that you must open a specific file, you can sure scan it with a security tool to make sure it is not malicious.
Now, since Wise Ransomware does not encrypt your files, it only wants you to think that your system has been severely compromised. Yet, we mentioned that this program can work as a pretty good wake up call, so here’s what happens when you get infected with an actual ransomware infection.
First, the program scans your computer searching for the files it can encrypt. Usually, ransomware programs aim for the files in the %UserProfile% directory. It means that they intend to encrypt your personal files, and leave the system files intact. When all the files are located, the program launches the encryption algorithm that scrambles the byte sequences in your files, and the system can no longer read it. Then those programs display ransom notes that look quite similar to what Wise Ransomware shows on your screen. However, their ransom notes are usually more detailed, whereas this program only says the following:
That doesn’t say much to an average user, so perhaps it shows that Wise Ransomware is only a test program before its developers come up with something more ominous. Either way, you shouldn’t just sit idly. The sooner you remove Wise Ransomware, the better.
When you get rid of this application, do not forget to run a full system scan with a computer security tool of your choice. There is a very good chance that you have more unwanted applications on-board, and you need to be sure that your system is going to be clean and secure. Finally, do not hesitate to invest in a legitimate antispyware application that would protect you and your computer from a number of cyber threats.
How to Delete Wise Ransomware