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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

Outsider Ransomware

Outsider Ransomware was named this way because of the ransom note it shows. The malicious application displays the message after encrypting user’s pictures, photos, and other private data. Through it the hackers behind the malware demand to be contacted via email to get further instructions telling how to pay a ransom and get a decryption tool. What we recommend is ignoring the note as there is not knowing whether the attackers will send the decryption tools they promise. If your fear you could be tricked as well, you should delete Outsider Ransomware instead. The instructions, at the end of the text, will show how to remove the threat manually. However, if you have not made the decision yet, you could continue reading the article to learn more details about this malicious application.

The malware can end up on the victim’s computer after launching a suspicious email attachment or software installer obtained via torrent and other unreliable file-sharing web pages. Thus, users who want to keep away from infections like Outsider Ransomware should be cautious with files attached to Spam or found on various P2P file-sharing networks. As an extra precaution, we would recommend scanning any file raising suspicion. Of course, the safest option is surfing only legitimate web pages that you know will not contain malicious or possibly dangerous material. In other words, downloading content from anywhere and not checking whether it is malicious or not could put your system at risk. If you do not want this to happen, you should always invest a couple of minutes to investigate the material you could be about to interact with or let your chosen antimalware tool to do it for you.

The problem with Outsider Ransomware and all other similar threats is they can run on the system without the user noticing anything. Meaning, you may not realize you just launched a malicious application, and before you figure out what has happened, the malware may have already finished encrypting all of your important files. Some users do not notice anything before trying to launch encrypted data or seeing the additional extension the affected data is ought to be marked with. For example, this infection places .protected at the end of each encrypted file’s name. Moreover, it places copies of HOW_TO_RESTORE_FILES.txt, the threat’s ransom note, all over the computer. Opening it shows a message titled SYSTEM SECURITY ALERT.

It starts with saying an outsider attacked the user's system. Next, Outsider Ransomware’s developers explain the user's files were encrypted for their own safety. The rest of the message describes how to contact the malware’s developers to purchase decryption tools. It should look strange some software you had no idea was installed encrypted your data without asking your permission and now demands to pay for its decryption. Thus, sooner or later victims should realize they are being asked to pay a ransom. What’s more, Outsider Ransomware’s ransom note might show a list of guarantees like “100% Satisfaction guarantee” or “100% Safe and secure service,” but you should understand there are no reassurances when dealing with hackers.

If you pay the ransom, you will not be able to get your money back, and it is possible you might want to because no matter what is promised Outsider Ransomware’s developers may not hold on to their end of the deal. To be more precise, they could take the user’s money without sending him the decryption tools they guaranteed to deliver. As a result, the money would be lost in vain, and the encrypted files would remain to be locked. Therefore, if you do not want to risk your money, we advise deleting the malware. Once it is gone the files will still be encrypted, but it should be safe to use backup copies (e.g., from cloud storage, removable media devices, and so on) to replace them. To eliminate the malicious application manually, you could complete the instructions available below. On the other hand, if you like using automatic features, you should not hesitate to obtain a reliable antimalware tool.

Remove Outsider Ransomware

  1. Tap Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
  2. Launch Task Manager.
  3. Look for the malware’s process.
  4. Select the process and press End Task.
  5. Leave the Task Manager.
  6. Click Win+E.
  7. Find these locations:
  8. Look for the threat’s installer, then right-click it and press Delete.
  9. Locate files called HOW_TO_RESTORE_FILES.txt, right-click them and press Delete.
  10. Exit File Explorer.
  11. Empty Recycle bin.
  12. Restart the system.
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