What is Ransomware?

We have yet another ransomware based on the CrySIS Ransomware engine to report, and this one is called Ransomware. This malicious ransomware might have a unique name, but it is no different than Ransomware, Ransomware, and all other threats that belong to the same family. Unfortunately, at the moment, decryption tools that would be able to decrypt files corrupted by these ransomware infections do not exist. This means that you are completely in the hands of the cyber criminals who have developed the ransomware. If your files were corrupted by this malicious threat, there is very little you can do. If you have not encountered this threat yet, please reinforce protection immediately because you do not want to lose your files. Of course, if the ransomware is already active, make sure you delete it as soon as you read this report. We include instructions that will help you remove Ransomware manually.test

How does Ransomware work? Ransomware uses RSA encryption to lock your files, and it is safe to say that this threat does not discriminate. It will encrypt every single file found on your PC, excluding only system files. This means that this threat will not only encrypt valuable, irreplaceable files, such as your documents or pictures, but also software files. This might make your browsers, media players, and other downloaded programs unresponsive. The files corrupted by the threat gain the clearly noticeable “.id-[your ID]” extension. Although you can remove this extension from your files, they will remain encrypted. Besides encrypting files, this threat will also create at least one file, called "How to decrypt your files.txt". This file includes an extremely short ransom message: “DECRYPT FILES EMAIL”. Infections similar to Ransomware usually hijack the Desktop wallpaper as well, but, in this case, it seems that the TXT file on your Desktop is the only link to cyber criminals. Are you about to contact them? If you are, use an email address that is rarely used, or, better yet, create a new one, because you do not want to get flooded with spam in the future.

The creator of Ransomware wants you to email the provided email because that is their way of establishing communication. The response email will include instructions ordering you to pay a ransom, and that is not what we advise doing. In fact, paying the ransom is very risky. If you have contacted cyber criminals, you know that the sum is very big. On top of that, you are not provided with any insurance that your files would be unlocked if you paid the ransom. Unfortunately, the creators of ransomware infections often take the money from their victims without providing them with decryption tools or keys. If you are thinking about paying the ransom, this is the risk you will be facing as well. Overall, if the ransomware slithers in and encrypts your files, you are in big trouble, unless, of course, your files are backed up. If you have not backed up your photos, documents, media files, and other irreplaceable files, and you do not want to pay the ransom, you might have to come to terms that your data is lost.

How to remove Ransomware

If your personal files are backed up, you can delete Ransomware right away. Do not worry about the files of the downloaded applications as you can easily replace them. First, of course, you would need to download a web browser. What you can do is download the installer on a separate machine and transfer the installer onto the infected PC using a flash drive. Once you do that, you will be able to slowly replace the corrupted files. Of course, the first thing you need to do is remove the ransomware, and we advise implementing automated anti-malware software. There are at least three important reasons why using this software is the best idea. First, this software can identify and delete all existing threats, not just the ransomware. Second, it can ensure successful elimination, which is something you might struggle with if you proceed manually. Third, reliable anti-malware software can keep your PC guarded in the future, and that is crucial. If you still want to erase the ransomware manually, follow the instructions below. Note that the components have random names.

Removal Instructions

  1. Tap Win+E keys on the keyboard to launch RUN.
  2. Delete the [unknown name].exefile in these directories (to access them, enter into the Explorer’s bar):
    • %WINDIR%\System32\
    • %WINDIR%\Syswow64\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
  3. Tap Win+R keys on the keyboard to launch RUN.
  4. Enter regedit.exe to launch Registry Editor.
  5. Navigate to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  6. Delete the [unknown name] value whose value data points to the malicious [unknown name].exe file.
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