What is Ransomware? Ransomware is a malicious application whose sole purpose is to encrypt the files on your computer and offer you to purchase the decryption tool to decrypt them. Removing this application is highly recommended because its “business model” is nothing short of an extortion scheme and it is obviously illegal. This particular ransomware is no different from hundreds of other computer infections, and it has multiple clones that come from the same developer. To find out more about it, we invite you to read this whole article.testtest

Where does Ransomware come from?

It is nearly identical to Ransomware, Ransomware, Ransomware, and several other ransomware-type infections. All of these malicious applications are based on the so-called CrySIS ransomware engine, so their inner workings are nearly the same, but still have some slight differences that distinguish each malware from the rest of the back. Hence, all of them have been created by the same developers that should be rightfully called cyber criminals, because the software they produce is illegal. Ransomware and its counterparts are set to enter your computer without your knowledge. According to our security experts, they can be distributed either via email spam or exploit kits. Malicious emails are sent to random email addresses, and the emails include a dropper file disguised as a regular file archive that drops this ransomware when you open it. Exploit kits, on the other hand, do not require you to do anything. Exploit kits such as the popular Angler Exploit Kit are injected into an infected website and use vulnerabilities in JavaScript or Flash to install this malicious application secretly on your computer.

How does Ransomware work?

If your computer becomes infected with this ransomware, then it will encrypt nearly all of the files location on your computer, especially does that are most likely to contain valuable information. Our malware analysts have found that this ransomware can encrypt file formats that include .png, .accdb, .psd, djv, .zip, .rar, .htm, .html, .ibank, .xls, .ppt, .jpg, .exe, .doc, .mp3 and many others. They have also found that it uses the RSA-2048 encryption algorithm to encrypt your files, making files inaccessible and causing the encrypted executables to crash. It targets almost all locations with the obvious exception of C:\Windows, C:\ProgramData, and C:\Users\User\AppData because these locations contain files necessary to run Windows properly.

Furthermore, it appends the files with the .id-[unique ID number].{}.xtbl extension. This extension indicates that a file has been encrypted and features the email address with which you have to contact the cyber criminals to get instructions on how to pay the ransom and restore your files. After the encryption is complete, the ransomware will drop an image file called Decryption instructions.jpg to C:\Users\{user name}. Also, it will create another file named Decryption instructions.txt. The names are the same, but the file formats are different. This is a text file that is sort of a ransom note that says “All of your files are encrypted, to decrypt them write me to email: , in case of no answer in 24 hours write to alternative e-mail:” You can choose to pay the ransom, but you cannot be certain that the criminals will keep their word and send you the decryption software. Therefore, we think that it would be better is you removed Ransomware as opposed to paying the unspecified ransom.

How do I remove Ransomware?

Our security experts have made a manual removal guide that includes files paths to numerous locations. Take note that in your case, this ransomware’s executable may be in different locations, so be sure to check all of them. Alternatively, you can download SpyHunter which will locate and delete all of this infection’s files and registry keys.

Removal Guide

  1. Hold down Windows+E keys.
  2. In the File Explorer’s address box enter each of the following locations.
    • %WINDIR%\System32
    • %WINDIR%\Syswow64
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    • %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  3. Find the executable (.exe) file and delete it.
  4. Close the File Explorer
  5. Then, hold down Windows+R keys.
  6. Type regedit and hit Enter.
  7. Go to HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Wallpapers
  8. Find and delete BackgroundHistoryPath0
  9. Then go to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  10. Find a randomly named two strings whose Value data is %WINDIR%\Syswow64\randomname.exe and %WINDIR%\System32\randomname.exe
  11. Delete them.
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