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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 an infection that truly can bring darkness to the lightest of days. This malicious threat is programmed to encrypt files, and it does that successfully as soon as it finds its way in. Needless to say, it is most important to prevent this malware from finding a backdoor, which we discuss further in the report. Once files are encrypted, not much can be done because legitimate file decryptors cannot help, and decrypting files manually is not possible. That being said, if you discover this infection, you should not just let your hands and nose down. Your operating system is under and attack, and it is your responsibility to remove Ransomware and take the security back into your own hands. In this report, you will learn how to delete the malicious file-encryptor, as well as how to secure your operating system from the attacks of similar infections. Even if you end up losing your personal files, you need to get rid of the threat that currently resides on your system without your permission.

According to our research, Ransomware is a variant of Crysis Ransomware, also known as Dharma Ransomware. We should not assume that the same attacker is responsible for these threats, but it is obvious that they know what they are doing. Just like most other threats of this kind, the newest variant also uses spam emails to slither in. That means that the file carrying the launcher of the ransomware is concealed and presented as a harmless attachment (e.g., .DOC or .PDF file). If the message is believable enough, you might be tricked into executing the infection yourself. Needless to say, you would never do that if you knew what you were doing. Unfortunately, the attack of the threat begins silently as well. After execution, the infection starts encrypting files immediately. The corrupted files’ names are not changed, but the “.id-[ID code].[].waifu” extension is added. Of course, the ID code is unique for every user. Your first instinct might be to remove this extension, but do not bother with that. Your files cannot be restored after encryption even if you delete the ransomware.

Immediately after encryption, Ransomware announces itself using a window it opens automatically and a text file. The text file is called “FILES ENCRYPTED.txt,” and it is created on the Desktop. This message inside is super short, and it simply suggests emailing or to get more information on how to get the files “returned.” The message delivered via the window – which uses the name of the infection itself – is much more detailed. According to it, the victim has to email one of the two aforementioned emails to get information about how to pay a ransom. The price is not specified, but it is requested in Bitcoins. So, what would happen if you emailed the creator of Ransomware? First of all, cyber criminals would record your email address, and they could use it at any point in the future to expose you to new scams and malware installers. Second, if you pay the ransom as instructed, your files are likely to remain encrypted. While we cannot guarantee that this is what would happen for sure, our experience with hundreds of other file-encryptors points to that. This is why instead of contacting criminals and paying the ransom, you should figure out how to remove the threat.

As you can see by glancing at the guide below, deleting Ransomware manually is not the easiest of tasks. You need to know how to remove entries in the Windows Registry, as well as how to identify malicious files because not all of the files created by the ransomware have specific names. They change from victim to victim. If you are not experienced, removing Ransomware manually can put too much pressure on you. The good news is, you do not need to handle it all on your own. Instead, you can install a reliable anti-malware program that is designed to find and delete all malicious threats automatically. What is even more important, as the title suggests, it has anti-malware properties, and so by installing this program you would not only solve the issue of existing threats but also the issue of your system’s protection. As for the files, they are lost, but maybe you have backups stored online or external drives? If that is not the case, make sure you get into the habit of backing files up in the future. Ransomware Removal

  1. Tap Win+E to launch Windows Explorer.
  2. Delete the file named Info.hta in these folders (to access, enter into the Explorer’s bar at the top):
    • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %WINDIR%\System32\
    • %APPDATA%\
  3. Delete the file named FILES ENCRYPTED.txt in these folders:
    • %PUBLIC%\Desktop\
    • %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\
  4. Delete the [unknown name].exe file in these folders:
    • %WINDIR%\System32\
    • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
  5. Tap Win+R to launch RUN and enter regedit.exe and click OK.
  6. In Registry Editor, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  7. Delete all ransomware-created values linked to the Info.hta and [unknown name].exe files.
  8. Exit all windows and then Empty Recycle Bin.
  9. Install a legitimate malware scanner to check for any leftovers you might have missed.
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