What is Onyx Ransomware?
Onyx Ransomware is a malicious application, although its current version should not cause you much trouble. Of course, it’s hard to say if there might be other variants, but our researchers who tested the threat noticed some mistakes and imperfections of the software, so there is a chance the cyber criminals might still be working on the malware. Onyx Ransomware locks user’s screen and displays a message from the infection’s creators. It says that your files were encrypted, but in fact, they should remain unaffected in any way. Therefore, if you unlock the screen, you should notice no changes both to your files or the system. Still, it is advisable to erase the threat. The infection is rather easy to eliminate, and you can do it manually if you follow the provided deletion steps placed at the end of the article.
Where does Onyx Ransomware come from?
Onyx Ransomware might travel with malicious email attachments. You should be aware that such files may look like text documents, pictures, setup files, and so on. What should alert users that the file could be malicious is the unknown sender or the fact you did not expect to receive the attachment. Additionally, users should be extremely careful if the email with the attachment falls under the category of Spam. Distribution through Spam emails are quite popular, so it is advisable to be more careful with such content.
How does Onyx Ransomware work?
Either Onyx Ransomware’s creators accidentally forgot to mention their Bitcoin account’s address or the malware might still be under development. The displayed ransom note claims that your files were encrypted and orders to pay a ransom in twenty-four hours, but as we just mentioned, the Bitcoin address is not included, so there is no way to send the requested money. Contacting the malicious application’s creators is impossible too since they did not provide any email address.
Besides, our researchers find it strange that the cyber criminals did not program Onyx Ransomware to create any Points of Execution (e.g. entries in the Windows Registry, tasks, or files placed on Startup) for the program to be able to auto-start with the operating system. Luckily, because of this, you can easily unlock the screen if you restart the computer. Afterward, you should see that none of your files were encrypted. Thus, you should just erase the malware, and it will not bother you again. Plus, we would advise you to be more careful in the future and try to secure the computer as much as possible to protect it from malicious software alike.
How to erase Onyx Ransomware?
For starters, users should remove Onyx Ransomware’s message from the screen. The next step would be to find a suspicious executable file that infected the system. Since you may have received it via email, you probably downloaded and launched the attachment yourself. Often users save data in the Downloads folder or on their Desktop, so these are the locations you should check first unless you know exactly where this file might have been downloaded. For more precise instructions, take a look at the steps located below. Also, there could be other threats on the computer, and if you still do not have an antimalware tool, we advise you to acquire a legitimate one and scan the system to ensure there are no malicious data left.
Eliminate Onyx Ransomware
- Turn off and turn on the computer or Restart it.
- Open the Explorer (Windows Key+E) and check all possible directories where the infected file could have been saved, such as Desktop, Downloads, etc.
- Look for a suspicious executable file with a random name.
- Right-click the infected .exe file and select Delete.
- Then right-click the Recycle bin to empty it.
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