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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

R44s Ransomware

No one would ever want to get R44s Ransomware on their computer, but sometimes things like that happen. Then, you are left wondering, what you did wrong, and how come this infection reached you. Please note that ransomware infections and other similar intruders cannot enter your system unless you allow them to. Thus, you need to learn to discern potential ransomware distribution mechanisms, so that you could avoid installing this program on your system.

You will find manual removal guidelines for R44s Ransomware at the bottom of this entry, but don’t forget that you should also invest in a security tool that would protect your system from other serious threats.

At the same time, we must remember that a security tool will not be enough to protect your computer from various infections if you do not change the way you interact with unfamiliar online content. For example, the file that launches the R44s Ransomware infection looks like a PDF document.

So, if you need to open multiple PDF documents every single day, you might not even notice anything suspicious about the email that carries R44s Ransomware. However, this is where you have to be attentive. If you manage to tell apart spam email messages from regular notifications, you will definitely be able to avoid R44s Ransomware and all the other similar infections.

In some cases, the messages that carry ransomware infections resemble online shopping invoices or various financial reports. But if you haven’t been expecting to receive this notification, you should clearly do something before opening it. And that would be scanning the received PDF file with a licensed antispyware tool. It should be a good new habit, to be honest. If you scan all the received files before opening them, you would definitely avoid a lot of malware.

On the other hand, there are also a lot of users who eventually fall into this trap and install R44s Ransomware on their computers. Once that happens, this infection runs a full scan of your system because it needs to find all the files it can encrypt. When it does that, R44s Ransomware commences the encryption algorithm and all the “compatible” files get encrypted. This is the usual thing that all similar infections do.

To make it more obvious, R44s Ransomware also changes your desktop background into a wallpaper that informs you about the encryption. It says that you have seven days to pay the ransom, or else you will lose your files. However, if we were to take a look at the ransom note it would be easy to see that the ransom requirements are ridiculous. The ransom note is presented in several languages, and it says that you have to pay 1 BTC to restore your files. If you are not familiar with cryptocurrency, 1 BTC approximately equals 7000 USD, and we are sure that not everyone can scoop that much out of their pocket on a whim.

At the same time, this huge ransom amount makes us think that R44s Ransomware mostly targets small businesses and other corporations that would be more willingly to pay for the file restore. Small businesses are less likely to have a file backup, so they would be more desperate to restore their data. However, no matter what the case might be, the bottom line is that paying is not an option because there is no guarantee that these criminals would issue the decryption key. Not to mention that paying would only encourage them to create more malware, and we most certainly wouldn’t want that.

Of course, if you have a system backup, there is no problem. You can just remove R44s Ransomware, delete the encrypted files, and then transfer the saved copies back into your computer. However, not everyone is that lucky. And since there is no public decryption key, it might take a while before you find a way to restore your files. We would suggest addressing a local professional. Also, think about all the locations where you could’ve saved the latest copies of your files. Maybe there’s some on your mobile device? Maybe you have some documents in your inbox? Whichever it might be, it is very likely that you can retrieve at least some of your files, so please do not lose hope.

How to Delete R44s Ransomware

  1. Press Win+R and enter %PUBLIC%. Press OK.
  2. Delete the EXE file with r44s in its name. Press Win+R once more.
  3. Enter %APPDATA% into the Open box and click OK.
  4. Delete an EXE file with a random name.
  5. Press Win+R again and type regedit. Click OK.
  6. Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  7. On the right, right-click and remove the Message-19 value.
  8. Use SpyHunter to run a full system scan.
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