The passages below are going to thoroughly discuss everything you should know about a particular Ransomware virus: .Losers Virus. This file-encrypting piece of malware is one of the most dangerous cyber threats that could ever come to you and your system. Not only is this virus incredibly harmful, but it is also very complicated to remove. Therefore, even the majority of the experts in this malware field may find it too difficult to cope with such a malicious threat or to restore the data locked up by it.
.Losers Virus: a version of Ransomware. To be more precise – a file-encrypting virus:
The particular Ransomware version we will pay attention to in this article is .Losers Virus. It is an excellent example of the infamous data-sealing Ransomware subgroup. What you should expect from such malware (after it has successfully infiltrated your system) are the activities discussed below:
- To scan your system meticulously and thoroughly;
- To create a list with the locations and names of all the files you have recently used;
- To encrypt all the data from the list we have mentioned earlier here using a very complex two-component encryption code;
- Once all the data has been locked up – to generate an incredibly frightening ransom-demanding alert on your screen;
- Usually, such a ransom-demanding message may also include some extra threats to further encourage you to pay the requested ransom; and perhaps some payment details and a deadline you are supposed to stick to.
Generally, Ransomware-type programs are grouped into file-encoding, desktop-locking and the mobile-blocking subcategories. What the other two subtypes, the ones that affect mobile devices and desktops, normally do is to stop you from accessing the desktop of your PC; or the screen of your mobile device. In such a case, no files actually are made inaccessible. Despite that, you are going to be made unable to use any desktop/ screen icons or shortcuts because they will be hidden by a huge notification stating you have to pay a particular amount of money so as to set your display/ desktop free.
What is the most clever thing to do after you get the ransom-requesting alert?
In short, all you really need to do is to simply wait before you perform the payment of the ransom until you have exhausted your other alternatives. Sending money to the hackers is NEVER a wise idea.
Prevention is the only practice that could save you from Ransomware:
To keep your system unaffected by Ransomware is the only 100% successful anti-Ransomware practice. All you need to do is to surf the Internet smartly. Another essential component of your PC’s health is the purchase and proper installation of a very good-quality anti-malware program. Such software is usually able to prevent any possible infection before it has taken place. Furthermore, simply try to stay away from the the file-encrypting Ransomware sources below and the chances of catching such a terrible virus are going to be minimized:
- Simply avoid all the emails you receive, whose senders aren’t familiar to you at all. To be more precise, the ones with suspicious titles or which feature bad writing style. The majority of them may contain some malicious programs. In case you get even slightly concerned about the nature of these letters, it is never a good idea to load them or any of the files attached to them.
- What’s more, try to avoid the colourful links on web pages or inside chat messages provided that you are not sure the sender can be trusted.
- Just try to stay away from all the pop-up ads you see on the net daily. Sadly but truly, there aren’t any noticeable differences between the harmless and the hazardous ones. Since you cannot separate the bad from the good guys, simply don’t open any.
- You will probably receive desktop notifications that could state that you are supposed to update a component of your operating system. Ensure to manually check for updates because it is very likely that you get malware-containing pop-ups in the form of fake update requests.
Unfortunately, we can’t say for sure whether our Removal Guide will solve your Ransomware-related problem. Nonetheless, we can assure you that trying it is always better than mindlessly spending your money on a ransom. Believe in the positive outcome of the situation and implement all the steps inside our guide.
.Losers 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.