Aleta Ransomware

What is Aleta Ransomware?

If your personal files were encrypted by the malicious Aleta Ransomware, the chances are that these files are lost for good. That is because there is no way of recovering the files without the decryption key and because cyber criminals are unlikely to give this key to you even if you follow the instructions presented by them. Although the developer of the ransomware promises you a key and a decryptor as soon as the ransom is transferred, the promises of cyber criminals are usually empty. If you decide to follow the demands, you might end up losing your money along with your files. Remember about this risk. Unfortunately, some users feel forced to fulfill the demands because they need their files back, and the only option they have is to do as told. If that is the situation you are in, think very carefully if the files that were encrypted are worth the risk of exposing yourself to cyber criminals and losing your savings. Whether or not you pay the ransom and whether or not your files are decrypted, deleting Aleta Ransomware is the most important task, and that is what we focus on in this report.testtest

How does Aleta Ransomware work?

It is easy to identify which files were encrypted by Aleta Ransomware because of the extension that is attached to them. This extension is “.[darkwaiderr@cock.li].aleta”, and this, of course, is where the name of the threat came from. Besides that, the infection changes the Desktop wallpaper. An image with a text informing you about the encryption of files is shown instead of your regular Desktop image. The file is opened from %APPDATA%\1.bmp, but it is not the only file created by the ransomware. “!#_READ_ME_#!.inf” is created as well, and this file includes the ID that the creator of the infection allegedly identifies you by. This identification is necessary when emailing darkwaiderr@cock.li, which you are asked to do to get information on the ransom payment. The exact sum is not specified, and so it is possible that every user will be asked a different ransom payment. The .INF file explains how to buy Bitcoins, which is the currency that you are asked to pay the ransom in. Most ransomware infections (e.g., Whycry Ransomware, Scarab Ransomware, and Spectre Ransomware) use Bitcoins, and so that is not surprising. In fact, there are not many things that are surprising when it comes to Aleta Ransomware.

Aleta Ransomware can delete shadow volume copies and even disable the startup repair, which it does using special commands. All of that is done right before the ransom demands are introduced to you, so that you would not get the chance to save your files. According to our research, the infection encrypts PNG, ZIP, BMP, and various other files. It also encrypts EXE and DLL files, which not all ransomware threats are capable of. What this means is that some of the applications you have downloaded could be encrypted as well. Luckily, the threat does not target system files. As we have mentioned before, you cannot recover files unless you have a decryption tool, and so we hope that your files have backups that can be used to recover files once you remove Aleta Ransomware. Once you do that, you have to take care of a few things. First of all, you have to strengthen your virtual security to ensure that dangerous threats cannot invade your operating system again. Second, if your files were not backed up, you should set up a backup system (we recommend using external drives) as soon as possible.

How to delete Aleta Ransomware

Will you follow the demands of cyber criminals and risk losing money or will you accept that your files are lost? Making the decision is hard, but it needs to be done. Aleta Ransomware is very malicious, and once the files are encrypted, you do not have any options. The only thing you can do is pay the ransom, but that is very risky because the chances of receiving a decryptor in return are very slim. When it comes to the removal of Aleta Ransomware, we advise installing an anti-malware tool because it will erase the threat most efficiently. Eliminating the threat manually can be difficult, and if you are not experienced, you are less likely to succeed on your own. However, if you believe that you can handle the elimination yourself, use the guide below. Also, remember to install security software to ensure better protection.

Removal Instructions

  1. Tap Win+R to launch RUN and enter regedit.exe.
  2. Move to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.
  3. Delete the key called .aleta.
  4. Move to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  5. Delete the value called DECRYPTINFO.
  6. Move to HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\Wallpaper.
  7. Delete the value with a random name (the value data should point to %AppData%\1.bmp).
  8. Tap Win+E to launch Explorer.
  9. Enter %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\into the bar at the top. Other potential locations include:
    • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\
    • %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\
  10. Delete the file named !#_READ_ME_#!.inf.
  11. Enter %USERPROFILE%\Desktopinto the bar at the top. Other potential locations:
    • %USERPROFILE%\Downloads
    • %TEMP%
  12. Delete the {random name}.exe file representing the launcher of the ransomware.
  13. Empty Recycle Bin and then perform a full system scan. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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Remove these Aleta Ransomware Files:

!#_READ_ME_#!.inf
1.bmp
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