What is First Ransomware?
If you find the ransom note of First Ransomware on your screen, you could be one of those lucky computer users who got infected with a version of malware infection that does not actually pose a threat. Our malware specialists at anti-spyware-101.com have found that this variant could still be in development since it does not seem to encrypt any file on your system. As you may know, ransomware programs are usually considered to be major hits as they can encrypt your files and thus make them unusable until decrypted with the private key. Unfortunately, cyber criminals rarely send this key to their victims even after they transfer the demanded fee. In this case, you could not even send the rather high ransom fee as there is no Bitcoin address or e-mail given either. Therefore, you do not need to sink into a deep dilemma whether to support cyber crime and hopefully recover your files or lose them for good. In this case we definitely advise you to remove First Ransomware as soon as you see its ransom note screen. Please continue reading our article if you would like to find out how you can defend your system from similar infections.
Where does First Ransomware come from?
According to our malware specialists, this malware infection is supposed to be a new spin-off variant of Hidden Tear Ransomware, the famous open-source ransomware that was originally an educational project for IT security experts. Hollycrypt Ransomware and GhostCrypt Ransomware are among the several malware programs that have used Hidden Tear as a base. To be quite frank, we cannot confirm that First Ransomware is being spread on the web just yet. But when it will be, we are quite sure that it will be spread in spam e-mail campaigns. Cyber criminals usually disguise their malicious file as a photo, a video, or a text document. Since sophisticated spams may even avoid detection by your spam filter, it is possible that you will find this mail in your inbox. But criminals are very tricky and they may be able to fool you even if you find this spam in your spam folder.
This fake mail may pretend to come from the police or any other law enforcement office, a company you may know (FedEx, American Airlines, etc.), your bank, or your Internet provider. The subject it may claim could be anything that would most likely make you want to open it, for instance, issues with a flight booking, unpaid speeding ticket, unauthorized credit card use, and so on. It is quite hard not to open such a mail, right? But unfortunately, you can easily let a very dangerous threat, such as a ransomware program onto your system. You are really lucky if you have been hit by First Ransomware because at least you can learn from this and be more cautious next time when you want to open questionable e-mails. In this particular case you can delete First Ransomware and your files will be all fine. However, if this were a fully working version, you could say goodbye to all the encrypted files unless a free file recovery tool emerges soon on the web.
How does First Ransomware work?
This malware attack is initiated the moment you run the executable file that you downloaded in some way or another onto your computer. Our malware specialists assume that this first variant could be a test or an unfinished business because it does not actually encrypt your files or do anything malicious really. Well, it may block your Task Manager but that is all. The ransom note that fills your screen could be quite scary as it is all about death. There is a skull and bones and a skeleton image as well as a quote about death, too to create the atmosphere. This note says that it has encrypted your file and you have to pay 1.5 Bitcoins, which is roughly 1,200 dollars. You have to transfer this money within 2 days or else your decryption key will be deleted. However, there is no Bitcoin wallet and no e-mail address to contact either, which makes it impossible to meet the demands. This also clearly shows that this is just a test. Nevertheless, even if this were all true and you had an address, we would not recommend that you pay. There is never really any guarantee that you will hear from these criminals again after you pay them. On the other hand, why would you support cyber crime? We suggest that you remove First Ransomware without any hesitation. So let us tell you how.
How can I delete First Ransomware?
First of all, you need to close this annoying fake ransom note window. Then, you can delete the file you launched and the Windows Registry Run key this file created to make sure that it starts up automatically every time you reboot your system. If you need help with these steps, please use our instructions below. It is important for us to mention here that you may be able to protect your PC from the next ransomware attack if you become more cautious around your mails. However, the more effective solution if you want to secure your system against all kinds of malware attacks, is to install a reputable malware removal program, such as SpyHunter. If you have any questions regarding the removal of First Ransomware, please leave us a comment below.
Remove First Ransomware from Windows
- Tap Win+E.
- Bin the malicious file ("firstransomware.exe") you saved from the spam.
- Empty your Recycle Bin.
- Tap Win+Q and type in regedit. Press Enter.
- Navigate to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Microsoft Windows Search" value name where value data is something like "C:\Users\user\Desktop\firstransomware.exe"
- Delete this value name.
- Close the editor and reboot your system.
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