Various web transmitters can deliver Allcry Ransomware on your computer. This malware is one of the latest additions to the notorious Ransomware family and if you recently found your files encrypted by its nasty algorithm, we hope that the next lines will give you some ideas on how to deal with the infection. You can catch Allcry Ransomware basically from anything. Usually, the hackers spread it with the help of some well camouflaged malicious files, spam emails, attachments, or Trojan horses masked as seemingly harmless PDF files, misleading links, .exe files, archives or ads. If you click on such transmitter, which usually happens without you knowing it, the Ransomware immediately gets installed on your computer and starts to operate.
Allcry Ransomware normally initiates an encryption process which targets certain file types, mostly those, which are used the most such as documents, archives, images, databases, audio and video files, and some vital system files. The encryption makes the files inaccessible and practically unusable no matter what type of software you may try to open them with. Sometimes, the Ransomware also changes the file extensions, just to make sure that there is no way to access your data. Once the encryption process is complete, the malware starts to blackmail you to pay ransom if you want to regain access to your data. The hackers place a ransom note on your screen where they give you detailed instructions on how to pay the ransom and promise to send you a decryption key that can reverse the malicious encryption if you fulfill all of their demands. In this article we are going to share with you a few methods on how to deal with Allcry Ransomware and the consequences of its nasty attack, so if you landed on this page seeking for alternative solutions, make sure you read the information that follows and take a close look at the instructions in the removal guide below.
Don’t pay ransom – this may not save your data!
In an attempt to save their files, many users make impulsive decisions and submit to the hackers’ demands by paying what they want. This usually happens because the victims get panicked about losing their files and do not research well their alternatives of counteracting the Ransomware. If you are on this page, however, you are definitely not one of these impulsive and panicked users and you are actively looking for a way to remove Allcry Ransomware and its consequences. You probably understand that paying to get some “secret decryption key” from the hackers is not only a direct form of sponsorship to their criminal practice but also a great risk for your hard earned money which may be lost in vain. And you are right – there is absolutely no guarantee that the criminals will send you the Allcry Ransomware decryption key even if you strictly fulfill all of their demands. After all, they are crooks who only want to blackmail you, get your money and disappear. That’s why you should always look for ways to get around their tricky scheme and save your money and your files.
Instead of making the hackers richer and hoping on their “good will”, it is much better to focus on removing the Ransomware and saving what can be saved. We won’t lie you that this could be very tricky but still, a way safer and better course of action. What is more, while the malware is on your PC, your system is not safe and if you want to use it, you first need to eliminate the infection. This can happen with the help of the instructions in the removal guide below, as well as with the assistance of the professional Allcry Ransomware removal tool.
Only after you have cleaned the computer it is safe to proceed with your file restoration attempts. For that, you can use data backups or copies, kept on external storage or a cloud. You can also check your other non-infected devices and email inbox for files or try to extract some of them via the instructions shown below. If you don’t have backups, an alternative is to look for an official decryption solution, released from reputed security experts or contact a specialist for assistance. The security experts, who try to fight against Ransomware and their encryptions are often challenged to combat their harmful effects mostly because the algorithms used are some of the newest and most advanced ones, that’s why you should keep in mind that nothing can promise you a complete recovery. Still, giving a try to everything available is definitely safer than entering into negotiation with the criminals
Allcry Ransomware Removal
Prior to starting to execute the steps from the guide, we advise you to either bookmark this page or open it on a separate device since throughout the process of completing the guide, you might need to exit your browser.
1: Using Safe Mode
Before beginning to troubleshoot the issue, you are advised to enter Safe Mode on your PC. If you do not know how to do that, use this guide on how to enter Safe Mode.
2: Spotting the process
Open your Task Manager using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination. Next, go to the processes tab and carefully look through the list for any shady entries. Usually, malicious processes will be consuming large amounts of CPU and RAM and will either have no description or will have a suspicious-looking one.
Once you identify the virus’ process, right-click on it and select Open File Location. Delete everything in the folder that opens if you are sure that the process was malicious. If you are not sure, contact us in the comments.
Go back to the Task Manager and end the potentially harmful process.
3: Hosts file IP’s
Go to your start menu and in the search field, paste the following address: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts. Select the first result and look at the bottom of the newly opened notepad file. See if there are any IP’s below “Localhost” and tell us in the comments if there were any IP addresses.
4: System Configuration Startup Programs
Type System Configuration in the Windows search bar and open the first result. Go to the Startup tab and take a look at the list of startup programs (on Windows 10, the Startup programs can be seen in the Startup Section of the Task Manager). If any of them look shady or have unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer with a sketchy name, uncheck those entries and click on OK.
Open the Run window (WinKey + R), type regedit and press Enter. Once the Registry Editor opens, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus. Select Find Next and delete whatever gets found that has the virus’ name. Do that with all search results.
6: Deleting potential virus files
Open the Start Menu and separately type each of the following locations: %AppData% %LocalAppData% %ProgramData% %WinDir% %Temp% . Open each of those folders and sort their contents by date. Delete the most recent files and folders. When you open the Temp folder, delete everything in it.