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Danger level 6
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

SymmyWare Ransomware

SymmyWare Ransomware is similar to the open-source file-encrypting application known as Hidden-Tear Ransomware. However, unlike the application the malware was based on, SymmyWare Ransomware was created not for educational purposes. Our researchers are almost one hundred percent sure the hackers behind it seek to extort money from their victims. For this reason the malicious application may show a ransom note asking to email the threat’s developers. Dealing with them could end up hazardously and if you do not want to put up with any demands, you could just delete SymmyWare Ransomware. The instructions available at the end of this article can help you get rid of the malware manually. On the other hand, if they are too difficult to follow, it might be easier to employ a reliable antimalware tool instead.

Malicious applications like SymmyWare Ransomware often sneak onto computers without the victims realizing anything. For example, the hackers may disguise the malware’s installer as a picture, document, software installer, and so on. Thus, the file might look harmless. Therefore, it is best to suspect every file that comes from unreliable sources, such as file-sharing websites, Spam emails, etc. A simple scan with a trustworthy antimalware tool should help you determine whether the suspected file is dangerous or not. If it is, the chosen tool ought to help you get rid of it safely. The scanning process should not take a lot of time, but it might help you avoid infecting the system, which is why we highly recommend making the scanning of questionable data a habit.

SymmyWare Ransomware may create a couple of files before starting the encryption process. Still, it should begin shortly after the computer gets infected. During this process the malware ought to encrypt all files except data in the following directories: Windows, Program Files, and Program Files (x86). The rest of the files should gain a second extension called .SYMMYWARE, for example, forest.jpg.SYMMYWARE or receipt.pdf.SYMMYWARE. After the malicious application finishes encrypting the victim’s data, it may open a particular YouTube video and display a ransom note via a text document called SYMMYWARE.TXT. In this document, there should be a message from SymmyWare Ransomware’s developers that ought to start with: “All your files was ciphered by Strong algorythm AES-128.”

Moreover, the ransom note should talk about what the users need to do to get their files decrypted. Strangely, it says they have to pay 0 Bitcoins, which does not make a lot of sense. Nevertheless, the note provides an email address for contacting the hackers behind SymmyWare Ransomware. It is possible they might tell the actual price only to those who contact them. The other possibility is that the malware might be still in development or meant as a joke. Whatever it is, we do not recommend contacting the malicious application’s developers if you do not want to take any chances. The hackers can promise to provide decryption tools once you pay a ransom, but it could be just a lie to convince you to pay. What we mean to say is you should not expect such people to care about your files as they most likely make a living out of ruining strangers’ data on a regular basis.

What options do you have if you decide not to pay to the hackers behind SymmyWare Ransomware? If you back up your data regularly, you may have copies of encrypted files somewhere safe, for example, on a removable media device. If so, you could replace encrypted files with such copies. What it is important to stress is that first it would be safer to remove the malicious application from the computer. If you feel up to the task you could eliminate it manually with the instructions available at the end of this article. For inexperienced users we recommend employing a reliable antimalware tool instead. Simply perform a full system scan and wait for results. Then click the given deletion button and get rid of SymmyWare Ransomware along with other possible threats. Lastly, should you have more questions or need more help, feel free to leave us a message at the end of this page.

Eliminate SymmyWare Ransomware

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
  2. Choose Task Manager and click on Processes.
  3. Locate a process associated with the malware.
  4. Select it and click End Task.
  5. Close Task Manager.
  6. Press Win+E.
  7. Check these directories:
  8. Search for the malware’s installer (probably some recently downloaded file).
  9. Right-click the threat’s launcher and press Delete.
  10. Then go to: %TEMP%
  11. Find two files with random names; one of it should have a .tmp extension and the other one ought to have a .bat extension.
  12. Right-click the {random letters}.tmp and {random letters}.bat separately, and select Delete.
  13. Go to C: disk and look for a randomly named .exe file, right-click it and choose Delete.
  14. Exit File Explorer.
  15. Empty Recycle Bin.
  16. Restart the computer.
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