The information that you will read in the next lines is related to one freshly discovered threat from the Ransomware type called .Diablo6 Virus. Ransomware is a term that you have probably heard in the recent news headlines, but if you have one of these on your computer, things may be very tricky. This type of malware can encrypt your files or lock the screen of your device with the sole idea to block your access and make you pay ransom to the hackers, who stand behind the infection, in order to regain your access again. A ransom notification usually reveals the exact demands of the crooks and you, as a victim, may be pressed to fulfill them immediately, otherwise, you may be denied the option to save whatever has been affected by the encryption. In this article, we have come up with some alternatives to the ransom payments, so if you don’t want to give your money to the hackers, the information that you will find below may be of help.
What kind of Ransomware is .Diablo6 Virus?
The primary purpose of any Ransomware is to infect your computer, encrypt something there and blackmail you to pay its creators to remove the terrible encryption that has happened. Based on what exactly gets encrypted, there are two basic types of Ransomware:
- One of the possible scenarios is for the malware to block the access to your entire device (be it a computer, a smartphone, a tablet, etc.) by locking its screen. This is the so-called Screen-locking Ransomware. In this case, the crooks usually place a ransom message that covers the entire desktop and you can’t access anything unless you pay what they want. Such an infection can be very unpleasant, but there are ways for it to be counteracted with fairly less malicious consequences.
- The other type of Ransomware, which is more difficult to counteract and far more malicious is the so-called File-encrypting Ransomware. When such a threat attacks your system, you can access your desktop and your software, but all the data, that you keep inside the machine (documents, videos, photos, projects, work files, etc.) gets encrypted with a very complex algorithm and you cannot open or use it in any way. .Diablo6 Virus is precisely from this type of Ransomware and in the next lines, we will do our best to help you minimize its harmful consequences. Similar to the Screen-locking type, the crooks usually ask their victims for a ransom if they want to regain the access to their encrypted data and usually promise to send them a decryption key that is supposed to reverse the encryption. The ransom note appears either in the folders of the affected files or on the desktop itself and prompts to immediate payment.
If .Diablo6 Virus has entered your system, there is a serious vulnerability!
Ransomware can be very tricky. It usually infects the users’ computers by exploiting some vulnerability. In most of cases, people deliver such malware to the system by clicking on malicious transmitters or catching a Trojan horse infection. The most common sources of Ransomware viruses include (but are not limited to) spam messages, emails, and their attachments, different popping ads, banners, sketchy sites, torrents, pirate content, infected installers, etc. If .Diablo6 Virus has managed to get inside your PC, this should be a signal for a severe omission in the safety of your system.
Should you pay the ransom?
Honestly, there is no correct answer to this question. We cannot tell you what to do, but we can suggest you some alternatives and let you decide for yourself how you would like to handle .Diablo6 Virus and its consequences. Whether you decide to pay to the crooks or you decide to try the suggested methods below, we need to warn you that there is no guarantee that you will be able to save your files completely. In the first case, the crooks may take your money and disappear. There are hundreds of cases like that of people who have lost their money, but the risk is all theirs to take. In the second case, you will remove the Ransomware infection from your computer and will be able to use it safely further. This, however, may not automatically release the affected files from the encryption. If you have file backups (copies on a cloud storage, external devices, flash memory, etc.), though, you can freely use them to recover your data. The file-restoration instructions below may also help, so we will encourage you to give them a try. But first, make sure you completely remove .Diablo6 Virus to eliminate the risk of getting the already saved data encrypted again.
.Diablo6 Virus 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.