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Danger level 6
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

The devious Ransomware is a new variant of Crysis/Dharma Ransomware. This malware has quite a few different variations, and every single one of them poses a danger to your virtual security. Our research team warns that various pathways could be used to spread this malware, but spam emails are likely to be used most frequently. So, if you do not want to let this threat in, make sure you are extremely cautious about the emails you open and the attachments or links you click. The entrance of this malware is silent, and so you are unlikely to notice it, unless a security tool is present and can warn you about an attempted attack. This is the main reason every Windows user should employ trusted anti-malware software. But enough about that. Our main goal with this article is to show you how to remove Ransomware, as well as help you understand this particular infection better. If you realize that you have questions you want to ask after reading, post them in the comments section below the removal guide.

If you have encountered Ransomware already, you know where the name of this threat comes from. The email address in the name is also the name of the window that the infection launches. It is included in the ransom note that we discuss further on. Also, it is in the extension that malware adds to the encrypted files. Many of your personal files might have been encrypted if the ransomware managed to slither in, and you should find the “.id-[8 unique character ID].[].btc” extension appended to their names. Just by looking at the files’ names it should become obvious which ones were hit by the infection. At this point, you might not understand what is going on, but that is exactly why the threat creates a file named “FILES ENCRYPTED.txt” and also launches a window entitled “” The TXT file displays this message: “all your data has been locked us / You want to return? / write email” We suggest that you pay no attention to this message. In fact, delete FILES ENCRYPTED.txt right away.

We also suggest not paying attention to the message represented via the Ransomware window. According to it, you need to email the same address if you want to restore files, but the message suggests that you have to do it in 24 hours. Also, this message, informs that you have to pay a ransom in Bitcoins in return for a “decryption tool.” How much are you expected to pay? What happens if you do not pay in 24 hours? What happens if you pay? These are the questions we cannot answer, but our extensive experience with file-encrypting malware allows us to state that you are unlikely to strike a fair deal with cyber criminals. More likely than not, you will not get a decryptor, and your files will remain locked even after you give up your money too. Obviously, we do not recommend interacting with cyber criminals or following their instructions. Instead, we believe that the best thing you can do is delete Ransomware.

What will you do to delete Ransomware from your operating system? Will you install an anti-malware program so that the threat would be removed automatically? That is, without a doubt, the best choice for anyone facing this malicious file-encrypting infection. While your files will not be restored regardless of whether you remove Ransomware yourself or with the help of software, you definitely can ensure complete removal and full-time protection against other threats if you choose to use the help of anti-malware software. If you are not interested in that at all, you can follow the manual removal guide, but you must not forget to think about your virtual security afterward. If you do not think you can guarantee it yourself, do not wait to install software that will protect you. Installing anti-malware software is not the only thing you should do. We also recommend backing up files to place a double-layered protection on them. Ransomware Removal

  1. Find and Delete the launcher of the infection.
  2. Move to the Desktop and Delete the file named FILES ENCRYPTED.txt.
  3. Launch Windows Explorer (tap Win+E to access the utility).
  4. Enter %APPDATA% into the field at the top (Windows XP users need to enter %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\).
  5. Delete the file named Info.hta.
  6. Delete a malicious [random name].exe file from these locations:
    • %WINDIR%\System32\
    • %APPDATA%
    • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
  7. Exit Windows Explorer and then tap Win+R to launch RUN.
  8. Enter regedit.exe and click OK to access Registry Editor.
  9. Move to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  10. Delete the value that is linked to the Info.hta file.
  11. Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  12. Delete the value that is linked to the [random name].exe file.
  13. Exit Registry Editor and then Empty Recycle Bin.
  14. Install a trusted malware scanner and check if you have erased all threats.
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