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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

Desktop Ransomware

Desktop Ransomware is an infection that encrypts files on the Desktop. The name of this infection has been given to it by the creator, who, of course, is unknown. According to our recent research, it is unlikely that this malicious infection spreads actively, but we cannot know what could happen in the future. Needless to say, discussing the distribution of the threat is complicated, considering that we do not have information about it. Nonetheless, there are certain tendencies when it comes to the proliferation of malware, and we can warn you about what could lead to the infiltration of a dangerous threat. First and foremost, you CANNOT open spam emails and their attachments. This is how most file-encrypting threats spread. Second, you need to make sure that your operating system is updated. If it is not, all kinds of vulnerabilities could be exploited to execute malware. For example, vulnerabilities in remote access could help attackers drop malware. If the attack is successful, you must remove Desktop Ransomware, but you need to decrypt your files before that.

Most file-encryptors are strong enough that the encryption keys cannot be cracked. That is not the case with Desktop Ransomware. It was found that a certain PIN code (00114455220033669988554477++//) can decrypt all files that the malicious threat corrupts. Therefore, once you are introduced to a window representing a red scull and a message that demands to enter a PIN, you should not rush to disable it. If you have disabled the screen already, you will need to find the malicious [random name].exe file and run it to open the window again. It is important that you enter the pin code if you want to have your files decrypted. Of course, you do not need to worry much about this if all of the corrupted files are backed up. According to our research, Desktop Ransomware only encrypts files found on the Desktop, and the “Lock.” prefix is added in front of all of their names, which should make it easier for you to spot which files were corrupted. If you have backups, just remove the files and the malicious infection, and then transfer healthy copies back onto the Desktop; if you even need that.

Unfortunately, not all victims might know that there is a pin code that can decrypt files. The only thing that one can do is click the “Get PIN” button displayed on the Desktop Ransomware window. In the past, this button would automatically open, which, presumably, would lead to the attacker’s profile, so that the victim could send a message. The profile does not exist anymore, but it is possible that new profiles could be created and that the attack could be revived. The pin code that is currently available could stop working too. Whatever happens, if you can establish communication with the creator of Desktop Ransomware, we suggest that you do not do it. They might push you into downloading malware or transferring money in return for non-existing pin codes. Also, you do not want to communicate with them from your own Facebook profile because that could give them access to highly sensitive information!

You must delete Desktop Ransomware, but you should try to decrypt your files before that. If you have not disabled the screen launched by the infection yet, enter the pin code to have the files on the Desktop decrypted. Then, follow the instructions you can see below. Without a doubt, you are not obligated to remove Desktop Ransomware manually. In fact, our recommendation is that you install anti-malware software instead. It will reliably eliminate all malicious threats that might be active on your operating system, including the ransomware. Furthermore, it will fix all security issues to ensure that new infections cannot attack in the future. Of course, you have to do your part as well. First and foremost, back up your files. If you take care of that, you will not need to face the horror of losing your personal files. Another thing to take care of is your own behavior. Remember that, in most cases, cyber attackers prey on gullible and careless users to infiltrate malicious threats.

Desktop Ransomware Removal

  1. Enter 00114455220033669988554477++// pin code to decrypt files.
  2. Simultaneously tap Ctrl+Alt+Delete to launch a menu.
  3. Click Start Task Manager and then move to the Processes.
  4. Find the [random name] process that belongs to ransomware and right-click it.
  5. Click Open file location to find the malicious [random name].exe file.
  6. Go to the processes, select the malicious once, and click End Process.
  7. Go to the .exe file, right-click it, and select Delete.
  8. Empty Recycle Bin and then run a full system scan using a legitimate malware scanner.
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