TheDarkEncryptor Ransomware

What is TheDarkEncryptor Ransomware?

TheDarkEncryptor Ransomware is a new file-encrypting infection that was created for the purpose of taking money from its victims. Once this infection encrypts files, it immediately demands a ransom to be paid. Although it is stated that the ransom can give the victim a working decryptor, researchers strongly doubt that that would happen. If you paid the ransom, it is much more likely that your files would remain encrypted and the ransomware would remain active on your operating system. Therefore, if your personal files were encrypted by this malicious infection, you should not rush to fulfill the demands represented via the ransom note. While you have to decide for yourself whether or not you will pay the ransom, there are no options when it comes to the removal of TheDarkEncryptor Ransomware. This infection MUST be deleted, and you should not postpone this task for much longer. Also note that even if you get your files decrypted, erasing the ransomware is still crucial.testtesttest

How does TheDarkEncryptor Ransomware work?

If you scroll through the latest infections that our malware research team has analyzed, you will see that quite a few of them are ransomware infections. CryptoViki ransomware, Ramsey Ransomware, and CVLocker Ransomware are just a few to mention. While some of these threats only pose as file-encryptors (in reality, they cannot do anything), others can employ complex encryption algorithms to change the data of the files to render them unreadable. Unfortunately, TheDarkEncryptor Ransomware is truly capable of encrypting files, and it does that soon after the infiltration. According to the latest information, corrupted spam emails are most likely to open the security backdoor for this ransomware. Once the file is opened, the threat is copied to a folder with a random name in the %TEMP% directory. After this, the encryption begins without your notice. You might not even notice this threat when it encrypts your files and attaches the “.tdelf” extension to their names. However, once it changes your Desktop background image and shows the “TheDarkEncryptor” window, you are bound to meet TheDarkEncryptor Ransomware. By the way, the pop-up window is represented by a file called “jshandlr.exe” (the name could be different in your case), which is downloaded from and placed under %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Oracle\Java\.

The pop-up ransom note informs that you must pay 100 USD for a decryptor that allegedly can restore your “Pictures, documents, music” and other files. According to the message represented via the Desktop background image, the ransom would increase to 350 USD if you did not pay within 5 days. Another warning suggests that if you delete TheDarkEncryptor Ransomware, you will not be able to get your files back. Overall, the notifications used by this infection are truly intimidating, and so it is not that surprising that some users might choose to pay the ransom. Both ransom notes point to a text file that should provide the victim with information regarding the payment; however, in our case, the file was not created. If that happens in your case as well, you might not even have the chance to pay the ransom. All in all, considering that paying it is too risky anyway, we do not recommend that even if you are provided with all of the necessary information. What we do recommend is removing TheDarkEncryptor Ransomware.

How to remove TheDarkEncryptor Ransomware

If you are inexperienced, deleting TheDarkEncryptor Ransomware might be too much for you. That is because to eliminate this threat completely you need to terminate malicious processes and remove files and registry entries. If you are inexperienced, but you choose to follow the guide below, make sure you are careful because mistakes could lead to other problems. If you do not want to take the risk, installing anti-malware software is the way to go. Do not hesitate to invest in legitimate software because besides clearing your operating system from malware, it also can guarantee full-time protection. Should you care about full-time protection? You definitely should if you want to keep your operating system malware-free in the future. If you have questions regarding the infection or its removal, as well as the protection of your Windows operating system, you should start a discussion in the comments section.

Removal Guide

  1. Launch Task Manager (simultaneously tap Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys).
  2. Move to the Processes tab and right-click the jshandlr.exe process (could be named differently).
  3. Click Open File Location (should be %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Oracle\Java\).
  4. Select the unwanted process and click End task/process.
  5. Go to the location of the malicious jshandlr.exe file, right-click it, and select Delete.
  6. Into the bar at the top of Explorer, enter %TEMP%.
  7. Identify the {random characters} folder that represents the malicious {random characters}.exe file.
  8. Right-click the folder and choose Delete.
  9. Also, Delete the original launcher if is still on your PC (this is the file that you might have downloaded via a spam email onto your Desktop or Temp and Download folders).
  10. Launch RUN by tapping Win+R keys at the same time.
  11. Enter regedit.exe to access Registry Editor.
  12. Move to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  13. Right-click the value named Oracle JavaScript Handler (the name could be different) and choose Delete (the value data should say %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Oracle\Java\jshandlr.exe). 100% FREE spyware scan and
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