Paradise Ransomware is defined as a file-encrypting Ransomware virus that can lock out valuable user data and blackmail its victims to pay ransom if they want to unlock it. The reversal of the harmful encryption can only happen with the help of a special decryption key, but that key is held by the hackers, who control the infection, and they will trade it only for a fat amount of money. Their scheme is to threaten the users by preventing them from accessing their most needed files and push them to pay the required ransom. Due to this malicious activity, such threats are considered to be some of the most dreadful ones and if you have recently been attacked by Paradise Ransomware, all of your data and your computer are surely in great danger.
Unfortunately, dealing with Ransomware is not the same as dealing with other viruses. In case of a classic virus infection, all you need to do is remove the virus and most of the things will fall into place once the malware is eliminated. However, in case of an infection with Paradise Ransomware, removing the threat may not remove the malicious consequences on your files. The affected data, in most of the cases, may remain encrypted and you should seek for additional alternatives to get it back. No security professional can guarantee you a complete recovery from the file-encryption attack of the Ransomware, but paying the ransom to the hackers is not a smart course of action either. So, what should one do? Our “How to remove” team has tried to give you some suggestions in the next lines, so take a look at them and let us know if they work for you.
How serious is an infection with Paradise Ransomware?
If you have been infected by Paradise Ransomware, you are likely to face the negative consequences of this new Ransomware crypto virus. Its mission is clear – to blackmail you for the access to your data. Its attack goes through basically two stages. First, a scanning process is started in the drive of the infected computer to infiltrate its content. Once the targeted files are infiltrated, the encryption process is activated. It is assigned to encrypt the files with very complex cryptography, which is almost impossible to break without the proper decryption key. The malicious software may add a new file extension to all the affected data and also delete the shadow volume copies from the system in order to prevent the users from recovering it. When the last targeted file gets encrypted, an automatic ransom message appears on the screen, informing the users about the infection and providing them with strict ransom payment instructions. The hackers usually promise to send the decryption key as soon as the ransom is paid.
Some of the victims are so desperate to save their valuable data that they pay what the crooks want without checking their alternatives but, unfortunately, this is a very risky course of action that can never guarantee them the desired recovery of the files. Most of the time, the hackers disappear once they get the money, in other cases, they raise the ransom and ask for more money, or they simply send a decryption key that does not work. For these reasons, we do NOT advise you to pay the ransom.
But what are the alternatives?
File backups are the real life saver in case of a Ransomware attack. If you have the habit of regularly backing up your most valuable files and keeping them on an external drive or a cloud, this is the time to use these back ups. You can recover 100% of your data just by copying it back. One very important thing before you do so, however, is to completely remove Paradise Ransomware and all of its traces from your computer. Fortunately, this can be done with the help of the instructions in the guide below and the professional removal tool. Do not attempt to connect your backup source before you eliminate the Ransomware! It may attack your backup and encrypt its data too! Remove Paradise Ransomware first and then safely proceed to the file-restoration.
If you don’t have backups, try searching your other devices, email attachments, USB storage and other possible sources for some copies. You may also try our file-restoration tips below. Still, bear in mind that these methods may be able to help you only to some extent. Nevertheless, it is worth checking them out instead of sponsoring the hackers.
Paradise 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.