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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Prometey Ransomware

Prometey Ransomware might turn your photos, documents, and other precious data into useless files that could not be read by any device by encrypting them with a robust cryptosystem. The malicious application was designed to work this way so that its creators could extort money from their victims. No matter how desperately you may need to get your files back, we recommend not to put up with the hackers’ demands if you do not want to fund these people or risk getting scammed. Instead, we advise learning more about this malware by reading the rest of this article. Further, we explain how to remove Prometey Ransomware, how it works, and where it might come from so that you would know how to avoid similar malicious applications in the future.

Starting with the malware’s distribution, we ought to say that there might a couple of ways for Prometey Ransomware to sneak in. For instance, it could be disguised as a software installer, an update, or a game crack and then shared on unreliable or malicious websites. In such a case, users who download mentioned content from file-sharing websites or other untrustworthy sources could download and launch the threat’s installer unknowingly. This is one of the reasons why cybersecurity specialists always recommend downloading software, updates, or any other content from legitimate sources only.

You should also know that emails coming from unknown senders or messages urging you to open attached files/links should also be considered unreliable. In truth, it is recommendable not to interact with any attachments or links if you are not one hundred percent sure that such material is safe. To be certain, you could scan attachments with a reliable antimalware tool and scrutinize links to see if they lead to where it is said that they should. What’s more, users who want to stay away from ransomware applications or threats alike should make sure that their computers have no vulnerabilities. As you see, threats like Prometey Ransomware can also enter a system by exploiting weaknesses, such as unsecured RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) connections, weak passwords, outdated software, and so on.

Our researchers say that once Prometey Ransomware gets in it might try to block Task Manager and erase shadow copies. The first action may help the malicious application to stay on a system longer after being discovered. While performing the second task lessens the chances for a victim to restore his files on his own. Once targeted files become encrypted, the only ways to restore them become using decryption tools or replacing them with unaffected copies. If shadow copies get erased, the only other copies that a victim could use are his backup copies. Unfortunately, not all users back up their data so deleting shadow copies might ensure that they cannot restore encrypted files on their own. Getting decryption tools would require the threat’s developers’ assistance as they are the only ones who could have such tools.

Sadly, the hackers behind Prometey Ransomware do not give out decryption tools to anyone who may ask for them. As you see, the ransom note that the malware ought to display after it encrypts your files should claim that you can get decryption tools if you purchase Bitcoins and contact the hackers. It is also said that a user would need to buy a decryptor or, in other words, pay a ransom. What you should know is that while the malware’s developers may provide proof that they have decryption tools, there are no guarantees that they will deliver them to you. Even if you pay the asked sum and do so in time, they could still scam you. Therefore, we advise considering their proposal carefully. If you think it is too dangerous to deal with such people and you do not want to fund them, we advise removing Prometey Ransomware.

The instructions located below show how to erase files that were created by the sample we tested. What you should know is that this sample did not work as it should, which is why we cannot guarantee that our deletion instructions will help you erase Prometey Ransomware completely. This is why we highly recommend using a reliable antimalware tool of your choice. After installing it you should do a full system scan and then click the displayed deletion button to remove Prometey Ransomware and other possible threats together.

Remove Prometey 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, right-click the threat’s launcher and press Delete.
  9. Go to: C:/Windows
  10. Look for files called DirectX1I.dll and news.html, right-click them, and select Delete.
  11. Exit File Explorer.
  12. Empty Recycle Bin.
  13. Scan your computer with a reputable antimalware tool.
  14. Restart the computer.
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