What is Angleware Ransomware?
Angleware Ransomware might become your next worst nightmare if this ransomware program finds a way into your computer. The application was created to encrypt your files and bully you into spending an insane amount of money on nothing.
It goes without saying that you should do everything you can to get rid of this infection. You can actually remove Angleware Ransomware manually although we do not recommend doing that if you are not an experienced computer user. It is actually a lot faster and more efficient to terminate the infection with a security tool of your choice because then you will not have to look for each malicious file yourself.
Where does Angleware Ransomware come from?
While security experts can attain samples of this infection at various sites dedicated to fighting computer viruses, users get infected with Angleware Ransomware and other dangerous programs via third-party routes. This program, in particular, was first seen in the file in March 22nd, 2017. The program is based on the open source Hidden Tear ransomware, so it is somewhat similar to BadNews Ransomware, MafiaWare Ransomware, CryptoKill Ransomware, and many others. However, even when ransomware programs are based on the same code, it does not mean that the same decryption tool can be applied to all of them. The point is that they can be customized by different owners, user different servers, and thus have different removal methods.
Therefore, even though we have dealt with programs from the Hidden Tear family before, it does not mean that the previously applied methods would help us terminate Angleware Ransomware, too. So we have to think of some other way.
Apart from dealing with the removal, we should also apprehend the most common ransomware distribution method, and avoid similar intruders entering our computers again. It is very likely that this program slithered into your system as a spam email attachment. You must have thought that you were about to open some document from a financial institution or an online store, but it turned out to be a ransomware installer file. This shows it would be possible to avoid ransomware infections if you were more careful about what emails you open on a regular basis.
What does Angleware Ransomware do?
To be perfectly honest, the program we have researched did not encrypt files or display the ransom note. However, there might be other versions of the same infection (distributed via different sources) that will encrypt your files and will tell you to pay up.
Luckily, Angleware Ransomware does not encrypt all of your files. It affects the most commonly used file types, and it usually locks up the files stored on your Desktop and in the Pictures folder. So if you have a lot of documents in other directories, they should remain intact.
Once the encryption is complete, this program will tell you that you have to pay over $3000USD in bitcoins to receive the decryption key. Needless to say, these demands of the cyber criminals behind this are ridiculous, and you should never follow them.
As far as your files are concerned, it should be possible to restore them from a system backup, especially as users tend to store their photo and other image files in various locations. Hence, it is a lot better to remove Angleware Ransomware from your system together with the infected files, and then transfer the healthy image files back into your computer.
How do I remove Angleware Ransomware?
As mentioned, it is possible to remove this ransomware program manually and automatically. Manual removal may require a lot of attention and patience, especially as you will need to delete all the files associated with this infection. You can find those files in the directories indicated in the instructions. Please note that you may need to delete the files called mafiaware.exe or AngleWare.exe. There could be both files present or only one, so it is important you remain attentive.
If, on the other hand, you do not want to go through the manual removal, you can always scan your PC with the SpyHunter free scanner. This way, you will determine all the malicious files you need to terminate for good, and the computer security tool will help you erase Angleware Ransomware through and through.
Manual Angleware Ransomware Removal
- Go to your Downloads folder.
- Locate and remove the mafiaware.exe and/or AngleWare.exe files.
- Open your Desktop.
- Delete the mafiaware.exe and/or AngleWare.exe files.
- Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
- Type %TEMP% into the Open box and click OK.
- Find and remove the mafiaware.exe and/or AngleWare.exe files.
- Run a full system scan with a security tool.
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