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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • Normal system programs crash immediatelly
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Blackware Ransomware

Not all ransomware infections are extremely dangerous. Some are there just to give you a decent scare. Blackware Ransomware is one of those underdeveloped infections that can look like an extremely dangerous threat, but in reality, it doesn’t do much harm.

In this description, we will tell you more about this program and how it spreads around. Also, at the bottom of this article, you can find the manual removal instructions. However, we would strongly recommend scanning your system with a powerful antispyware tool because there might be more unwanted programs running on your PC. The sooner you remove all the potential threats, the better.

As far as the distribution of this infection is concerned, we are sure that it employs the same distribution methods as all the other ransomware programs. Although we cannot point out the exact infection routes, we can give you a few pieces of advice that would help you avoid similar intruders in the future.

First, Blackware Ransomware will most definitely make use of spam email campaigns. You must have heard about phishing emails before. Phishing emails can also be used by malware creators to distribute their programs. Although most of the spam gets filtered into the Junk folder, sometimes the most sophisticated messages manage to enter the main inbox, too.

Such messages often look like notifications from finance institutions and other reputable companies. The tone of these messages tends to be urgent to push users into interacting with the corrupted content. Normally, the email asks users to download and open the attached file that should contain some important information. However, when users download and open these files, they automatically launch the installation of Blackware Ransomware (and other similar infections).

Usually, when ransomware enters the target system, the malicious programs run a full system scan looking for the file types it can encrypt. Afterwards, once the encryption is complete, users can no longer access their files. This does not apply to Blackware Ransomware because this program cannot encrypt target files. It is very likely that in the future, the program will have the ability to launch a successful encryption, so you need to be very careful to avoid this infection in the future.

So what does Blackware Ransomware really do? Judging from what we have found during our tests, this program works more like a screen locker. It means that it locks up your screen with a certain notification, and it does not allow you to use Windows Explorer. When your screen gets locked, this is the message you see:

Your computer has been locked!
Attention user! Your computer has been locked by Blackware Ransomware Version 1.0! In order to regain all your valuable data, users must pay 0.057 dollars worth of Bitcoin to the Bitcoin address below to receive your security clearance key to unlock your computer.

As you can probably tell from this message, there is something terribly wrong with the ransom note because the ransom amount is clearly ridiculous. It only proves the point that Blackware Ransomware hasn’t been fully developed yet.

What’s more, the Bitcoin address provided further in the message is fake. Although it is not possible to simply close the notification, we have the code you can use to unlock your screen. Simply scroll down the manual removal instructions to get the code.

Aside from locking up your screen, this program also creates a point of execution in the Windows registry that you need to delete upon removal. Thus, the manual removal of this program is a lot more troublesome than that of the usual ransomware application. If you feel that you do not want to deal with it on your own, you can always invest in a legitimate security application. A security tool of your choice will help you remove Blackware Ransomware and all the other dangerous files from your computer.

We would like to point out that it is also extremely important to back up your files because when a genuine ransomware program infects your PC, it might be impossible to restore the corrupted data. Thus, it is always better to have a backup. You do not necessarily have to get an external hard drive for that. You may also back up your files on a cloud drive, so please consider all the options that can help you protect your files.

How to Remove Blackware Ransomware

  1. Use the RanS0MKeYY23SjLRiOwnEr code to unlock your screen.
  2. Go to your Downloads folder.
  3. Remove the most recently downloaded files.
  4. Press Win+R and type regedit. Click OK.
  5. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  6. On the right pane, right-click any value named Blackware.
  7. Select to delete the value.
  8. Scan your PC with SpyHunter.
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