If a program is difficult to remove or even combat, this will definitely be an example of the Ransomware virus program. The one program in this category that we are to discuss in this article is .Srpx Ransomware. Generally, people catch this malicious software online and after their computers have been infected, the program makes its own way to the documents and files to get hold of them in the most impudent way. Shortly an encoding process begins – the software checks what you have been using most frequently and secures its own possession of it. Then you as the computer owner are bound to receive an alert notification that warns you of a huge ransom pending to be paid. In this article we would like to elaborate on what the specific characteristics of this malicious software are and what effects it will have on your device.
Popular Ransomware Subcategories:
One of the few types of ransom-seeking programs, but in our opinion, the most common ones, are as follows:
- FILE-ENCRYPTION-RELATED RANSOMWARE VIRUSES:
These are among the most popular Ransomware programs. They fall under the same umbrella as the latest virus in this group, i.e. .Srpx Ransomware. Such viruses enter your device either in a Trojan horse manner or once you have accessed one or some of its common sources. Then they scan your system for the most frequently used data and quickly encode it through the use of a double key that consists of two parts – a public and private one. Once the encryption process is done, you then receive a pop-up message notifying you of virus-threat details. Should you wish to get rid of this virus, a hefty ransom appears as a prerequisite.
- SCREEN-LOCK RANSOMWARE VIRUSES:
These types of programs enter your device in the same manner as file-encrypting subgroups. However, they do not encode the files in your system. By generating a pop-up notification, your screen is blocked, which hinders your access to anything on it. What follows next is a ransom note, which warns you that a payment is demanded.
- MOBILE-ENCRYPTING RANSOMWARE-BASED PROGRAMS:
These viruses can only affect mobile devices and can act in the same way as the type of screen-lock viruses mentioned above. The whole mobile screen is blocked by a ransom-requiring notification generated by the virus. In order to regain access to your mobile device, you will need to pay a ransom.
Most infections that result from .Srpx Ransomware usually happen when:
There are many different instruments through which a virus can spread. Below are a few of the most common ones:
- Malverising – this malicious program can sneak into your system through infected online commercials in a variety of forms that can pop up on your screen automatically.
- Spam emails – sometimes Ransomware attacks do not come in the form of a Trojan horse, but appear in an email through some attachments. Once you click on or open these attachments, you will be automatically unleashing a serious infection.
- Contagious pages – Ransomware can also be hidden in torrents, shareware, audio and video-broadcasting websites.
Can such threats be prevented?
Unfortunately, there are no effective and efficient solutions to either getting completely rid of the virus or decoding the encoded files and documents. Whatever you do, there is an imminent risk of losing your encrypted files or even your entire system. What we suggest that you do is not pay the cyberattackers at all costs. Make sure you first try out one or some of these:
- Immediately contact and consult an IT specialist with some experience in the area of Ransomware virus issues.
- Order and even purchase software that can help you combat the hostile and intrusive software to restore your locked-up data.
- Check the instructions in the Removal Guide designed by experts. For your convenience, we have attached this guide here.
- Should nothing of the above help at all, you can proceed with paying the ransom. Keep in mind that no one guarantees you a full recovery of your system files and documents even if you do transfer the required sum.
Consider the fact that the best way of combating Ransomware-like viruses is through a daily file back-up. By doing this, you protect your whole device data from being attacked as you will have your files and documents safe and sound elsewhere.
.Srpx 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.