What is TowerWeb Ransomware?
TowerWeb Ransomware is a screen-locking ransomware infection whose entrance means that users could no longer use their computers on a daily basis because the screen will be locked by a window in full screen containing the mask of the Guy Fawkes and the information explaining to users what has happened to their computers. TowerWeb Ransomware is definitely not a threat you can keep installed on your computer, no matter which of its versions you encounter, if you wish to unlock the system and use the computer normally again. Therefore, users who are sure that this threat has infiltrated their computers need to hurry to delete it. Believe us; the computer restart will not help you to get rid of it because this computer infection carries out significant modifications to be able to launch itself after the restart. We cannot promise you that it will be easy to get rid of this threat, but we are sure that it is the only solution to the problem.
What does TowerWeb Ransomware do?
Users who get infected with TowerWeb Ransomware complain that this infection has encrypted their files and now demands to pay a ransom of $125 in Bitcoins within 24 hours (the newest versions asks to pay $100 in Bitcoins within the same period of time). Of course, they do not see these encrypted files themselves because the full-screen message blocks the screen and does not allow users to access Desktop. People need badly to unlock their computers and files, so it is not surprising that so many of them are ready to make a payment even though the sum is quite large. In the opinion of security experts doing their job at anti-spyware-101.com, it is not a wise decision to pay money even though the message says that the ransom will reach $199 or $150, depending on the version of the ransomware, if the payment is made after 24 hours, and all the files will be deleted after 72 hours of not receiving the money. We still say that there is no point in paying money despite those scary statements because it is very likely that cyber criminals will only take money from you but will not give anything in exchange. Also, researchers have managed to find out that TowerWeb Ransomware usually deletes files stored on the system (from %USERPROFILE% and %TEMP% directories) with every restart, which means that it is impossible to restore them, and money will definitely not help here. Unfortunately, this ransomware infection will reboot the computer every 60 seconds (you can stop this by launching RUN and entering shutdown –a in the empty field), which means that it might soon delete all the files stored if you do not do anything fast. Before it restarts the computer, it will display the following pop-up message (the email address used in the pop-up might differ):
Pay Your Ransom to Get Your Files and Computer Back. Shutting Down In 60 Seconds. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Pay Your Ransomware to Get Your Files and Computer Back. Shutting Down in 60 Seconds. Email: email@example.com
There is no point in contacting cyber criminals by the given email because they will simply ask you to pay a ransom. We hope that we have convinced you not to make a payment. If so, there is only one thing you need to do left - delete the ransomware from your computer to use it again.
It will not be very easy to delete TowerWeb Ransomware from the system because this ransomware infection creates the Value My app (this file might be named differently in other versions) in HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run to be able to launch together with Windows OS after the system restart. Specialists at anti-spyware-101.com say that this threat should not create several copies of its executable file; however, you might still encounter the version copying the .exe file to %APPDATA%, so you should check this directory as well to fully get rid of this threat.
Where does TowerWeb Ransomware come from?
Like Ranscam Ransomware, CryptoFinancial Ransomware, and PowerWare Ransomware, TowerWeb Ransomware is usually distributed through spam emails, so it is, partially, a user’s fault that it manages to enter the system. Research has shown that users download attachments they find inside spam emails themselves and thus allow the threat to enter their computers. Of course, they do not know that they are doing a very silly activity and understand that it was a bad idea to open the attachment when it is too late. Believe us; ransomware infections might find a way to enter your PC even though you are cautious all the time, so it will definitely not be worse to install reputable security tool, e.g. SpyHunter.
How to delete TowerWeb Ransomware
It is not easy to remove TowerWeb Ransomware because it keeps restarting the computer every 60 seconds and it puts a screen-locking message on Desktop. As we know, users often face many difficulties during the manual removal of computer threats, so we have decided to help them by preparing the step-by-step manual removal guide. After deleting TowerWeb Ransomware fully, you should try to use the data recovery software which you can get from the web. In some cases, they help to recover deleted files. Of course, there is a possibility that you will find out that nothing bad has happened to your files after the deletion of the ransomware because a version that does not delete/encrypt files might exist too, according to specialists.
Remove TowerWeb Ransomware manually
- Tap the Windows key + R simultaneously.
- Type shutdown -a and tap Enter.
- Tap Ctrl+Alt+Del.
- Open the Processes tab.
- Find the malicious process (it will have the name of the malicious file launched) and kill it by right-clicking on it and selecting End Process.
- Locate and delete the malicious file you have downloaded.
- Launch RUN by tapping Win+R again.
- Move to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
- Right-click on the Value My app (the name might be different).
- Delete it.
- Empty the Recycle bin.
- Scan your PC with SpyHunter to find out whether the ransomware is deleted fully.
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