Ransomware viruses are quite popular and widely spread malware infections, which the cyber criminals use for a nasty online blackmail scheme. The most hazardous ones are more sophisticated than a regular virus and they can cause serious issues once they infect your machine. What Ransomware does is, it encrypts the files, found on the computer, or blocks the desktop in an attempt to deny you access. Once this is done, the malware creates on your desktop or in the directory of the locked files a ransom message and asks you to pay a certain amount of money (usually in Bitcoins or some other cryptocurrency) in order to release the data that has been “taken hostage”. In the text that follows, we will talk about one new version of Ransomware called Korrumpedia.org. This infection has been detected just recently and has been reported as extremely noxious.
According to the information that we have, you can get infected by this virus in a number ways that we will go over in a moment. It is very challenging task to remove a Ransomware virus and to recover from its encryption. But in the next lines, we will do our best to help you cope with Korrumpedia.org Ransomware and avoid the need to carry out the ransom payment. However, before we get to that, we must give you some more information regarding Ransomware viruses such as the one that you are currently dealing with.
How many types of Ransomware may you encounter?
Unlike Trojans, which are a very versatile form of malware, Ransomware doesn’t have that many functions and is mainly focused on one thing – depriving you of the access to your data or your device and blackmailing you to pay a ransom in order to restore the access. The security experts have identified three main Ransomware categories:
- File-encrypting Ransomware: This category of Ransomware also known as crypto-viruses uses complex file-encrypting algorithms to restrict the access to your files. Usually, the target of these viruses is your most commonly used types of data such as documents, images, archives, audio or video files and even some system files. Once they are encrypted, usually the only chance to access them is to use a special decryption key. It is very difficult to break the encryption algorithm by other means That’s why, the hackers, who control the infection, rely on this fact and ruthlessly blackmail you to pay whatever they want. Korrumpedia.org is a virus of this category, and honestly, this is the most dreadful Ransomware category you may have to deal with. It is quite complex to remove such an infection without losing some of your data and even paying the ransom may not help you recover it all.
- Screen-locking Ransomware: This category of Ransomware viruses does not mess with your data. Instead, such malicious programs place a huge ransom banner on your screen and do not let you access your icons and your menu. The target of this type of Ransomware can be desktop computers and laptops, but also mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, phablets and other smart devices. Similar to the file-encrypting type, the screen-locking Ransomware asks you to pay ransom in order to remove the banner and provide you with access to your screen.
- Ransomware used by the Authorities: Not all Ransomware is a creation of criminal hackers. In some cases, the Authorities may use Ransomware-based scripts to deal with criminals and block access to their computers when trying to stop them from performing some criminal deeds.
How to deal with a Ransomware infection?
If the system has already been infected with Ransomware, there are no universal actions, which can guarantee a successful outcome. Infections like Korrumpedia.org, in particular, are very difficult to handle and neither the ransom payment nor some other steps can return things back to the state they were before the attack. Basically, in the case of a file-encrypting infection, the best solution we can offer you is to explore some alternatives and see what works best for you. Here are some suggestions:
- Remove the infection and use your own file backups to recover your data. This is the best option and all you need to do is to simply eliminate the Ransomware and copy your files back to the clean machine.
- You can search for a decryptor tool and see if it can help you recover some of your files. On our site, you will find a page with the latest free decryptors and some additional decryption instructions so go have a look at it if you want. The name of the article is How to Decrypt Ransomware.
- You can contact a professional of your choice and consult with them on the best actions you could take. This could cost you some money, but it is still better than paying a ransom to anonymous cyber criminals.
- Research in blogs and forums about some effective methods, which might have helped other victims of Korrumpedia.org overcome the consequences of the attack.
Our free Removal Guide
An alternative we can offer you is our Removal Guide, which is available down below. It contains detailed steps and instructions on how to remove Korrumpedia.org Ransomware from your computer and make your system safe for further use. Don’t pay ransom to the crooks immediately and instead give our guide a try, because it may help you eliminate the infection and eventually save some of your data with our file-restoration tips.
Korrumpedia.org 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.