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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Normal system programs crash immediatelly
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel Ransomware Ransomware is a newly-detected ransomware infection that has turned out to be a variation of MoWare H.F.D Ransomware. Inevitably, it shares a lot of similarities with this malicious application. We could not say that Ransomware is a prevalent threat that it will necessarily enter your system, but situations in the malware world change quickly, so, theoretically, cyber criminals might start spreading it actively overnight. The same can happen with other malicious applications too, so you should never keep your system unprotected. If it is too late to do something to prevent Ransomware from entering your system, you must delete it as soon as possible. If you have already encountered it, it means that it has already locked your personal files too. If it stays active on your system for some more time, you might find even more files locked. It might seem at first that it is impossible to remove it due to the window opened on the screen, but it is not true. The opened window can be closed by simply tapping Alt+F4 on the keyboard or clicking X. Unfortunately, all those files the ransomware infection has affected will stay encrypted even if you delete the ransomware infection fully. Ransomware enters systems illegally and then immediately locks users’ personal files. Ransomware infections usually lock personal data no matter where it is located. Files they affect include images, text files, music, slides, videos, and much more. Ransomware adds the .locked extension to all the files it encrypts, so you will find out about encrypted files on your system soon. The ransomware infection does not drop any ransom notes on affected computers, but it opens a window with a message that covers the entire screen. The message is completely in French, so it is very likely that French-speaking users are the prime target to cyber criminals behind this threat. Ransomware gives 5 days to pay 50 Euro with Paysafecard for the decryption of files, but, in our opinion, you should not do that by any means because it is very likely that you will get nothing from cyber criminals. They will not return the money you have sent to them either, which means that you will be left both without your files and money in such a case. Ransomware will not be erased from the system even if you send a ransom and get your files unlocked, which means that they might become encrypted again in no time. We are not going to lie – you might find it impossible to unlock files without the special key because it will only be possible to restore those files affected by the ransomware infection if you have a backup.

Let’s now analyze how Ransomware is distributed. According to security specialists, users who do not want to encounter this nasty threat should, first of all, stop downloading applications from shady websites. Second, make sure you do not open any attachments from spam emails you receive because even the most harmless-looking email attachment might drop the ransomware infection on the system once opened. Of course, the list of malware distribution methods does not end here. Other ways of distribution might be used to promote malware too, so you cannot let yourself be careless. To be honest, it is not very likely that you will protect the system against all those threats that will try to slither onto your computer unnoticed. Therefore, we highly recommend entrusting your security to a reputable antimalware tool. Of course, it is already too late for the prevention of the Ransomware entrance if it has already displayed a window with a ransom note on your Desktop, but you still have a chance to prevent other harmful infections from entering your system illegally.

Not a single personal file will be unlocked when Ransomware leaves your system, but it is still a must to remove it. The sooner you eliminate it, the better because it could no longer perform any malicious activities on your system once removed. We cannot promise that it will be very easy to eliminate it. First, you need to close the window opened – press Alt+F4. Then, enable those system utilities that have been disabled by the ransomware infection. Finally, you need to delete the malicious components representing the ransomware infection one after the other. You can use our manual removal guide to delete it, or you can entrust its removal to a powerful automated malware remover.

Delete Ransomware manually

Enable disabled Command Prompt/Task Manager/Registry Editor

  1. Press Alt+F4 to close the ransomware window.
  2. Tap Win+R.
  3. Type gpedi.msc and click OK.
  4. In Group Policy, go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System.
  5. Open Prevent access to the command prompt.
  6. Mark Not Configured and click OK.
  7. Access Ctrl+Alt+Del Options under System (User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System).
  8. Set it to Not Configured.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Under System (User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System), locate Prevent Access to registry editing tools.
  11. Double-click on it.
  12. Encircle Not configured and click OK.

Delete active malicious components

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Locate the process representing Ransomware and then kill it.
  3. Press Win+R and type regedit. Click OK.
  4. Access HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  5. Delete the malicious Value that belongs to the ransomware infection from both these keys.
  6. Delete the malicious directory named after the ransomware from %APPDATA%.
  7. Remove all suspicious recently downloaded files from your PC.
  8. Empty Recycle Bin.
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