Ransomware viruses are a huge problem right now and everyone is struggling to deal with them. What’s typical about them is that instead of harming anything on your PC, they either lock the whole system or the personal user files, one by one. When the virus targets the files themselves, encryption is used to lock them. Later, a ransom is demanded from the victim if they are to restore their access to the computer or the files that are on it.
Both regular users and big companies are getting attacked by Ransomware on a daily basis and nobody seems to be safe from this noxious type of malware. Recently, a new addition to the Ransomware family has been released which is what’s going to be our focus in this article. The name of the new piece of malware is WanaDecryptor Virus and here you will learn how it functions, what makes it so problematic and how you can prevent it from infecting your machine. However, certainly, there are some of you that have already had their PC’s invaded by the nasty virus. For those of you, we have prepared a guide in which we have combined a number of different Ransomware-removal and file restoration methods. We ought to mention, though, that we can give no guarantee whatsoever regarding the effectiveness of the guideб which is something you should keep in mind. On the other hand, it is a much better idea to first try our guide instead of opting for the ransom payment. Generally, it is very inadvisable to agree to the hacker’s terms since you can never be sure whether you’d actually get what you paid for. After all, you might be simply throwing your money away without getting your files back.
As you’ve probably already guessed, there are in fact two major types of Ransomware. The first one is Ransomware that makes your whole PC inaccessible. At first this might sound like a big deal, but bear in mind that viruses that do it are normally considered less advanced and dealing with them is easier. The way they work is they display a huge, screen-wide banner on the user’s screen that stays above everything and makes it impossible to do anything on the PC. However, with this type of Ransomware, removing the virus usually gets rid of the problem. The same cannot be said regarding Ransomware that targets the user files. This type is more advanced and is oftentimes referred to as cryptovirus due to the use of encryption to lock the files. The problem with cryptoviruses is that even when the malware itself gets removed, the encryption remains and unless the user has the specific decryption key, they are unable to access the locked data. We are sorry to inform you that @WanaDecryptor@ Virus, too, falls under the category of crypto-viruses, which makes it considerably more difficult to deal with it.
A major problem with Ransomware is that it is really challenging to detect the infection. Unlike other forms of malware such as, for example, the Trojan Horses, a Ransomware virus usually does not try to cause any actual damage. The method used by malicious programs like WanaDecryptor Virus to lock the files on the computer is not harmful on its own – it is the way that it’s used. In fact, encryption is a commonly employed technique used for advanced data protection. This is what makes it particularly difficult for antivirus programs to detect a potential Ransomware attack. This means that if you’re solely counting on you security software to keep your PC safe, you should reconsider that. When it comes to manually detecting the virus by noticing its symptoms, though technically possible, you should know that this is quite a tricky task as well, mainly because the symptoms of a typical Ransomware infection are normally both very few and very subtle. Still, we ought to give you a general idea about what to expect so here are some of the most frequently encountered signs of an attack by viruses the likes of @WanaDecryptor@ Virus:
- High CPU and RAM use is something that most PC’s experience when they get invaded by some sort of a malicious malware. Keep an eye on your PC’s performance and if you notice anything unusual, either use our guide or contact a specialist.
- Another, very typical Ransomware symptom is decreased free hard-disc space. This has to do with the encryption itself and if it is happening to your machine, there’s a high chance that WanaDecryptor Virus is currently locking your data.
- If your PC seems to be experiencing a lot of errors, freezes and even crashes, the reason to which is unknown, this might mean that it has been attacked by a Ransomware virus, though those symptoms might be caused by a whole lot of other issues.
The importance of staying safe
A Ransomware virus like WanaDecryptor Virus is certainly something that no one wants to have in their system. For that reason, each of our readers should be well aware of the different precautions that they’d need to take so as to keep their machine and files safe and secure.
- If you think that a web address might have something potentially harmful throughout its pages, be sure to leave the site and never visit it again.
- When you are about to interact with a link or download a file attachment that’s been sent to you, try to figure out whether or not it’s spam and if you think that it might indeed be spam, do not click on it.
- Get yourself a reliable, high-quality antivirus program to help you protect your machine against backdoor viruses since those are one of the most common methods for infecting computers with Ransomware.
- Take the time to backup all of your important data files. This is an invaluable piece of advice when it comes to dealing with potential @WanaDecryptor@ Virus attacks.
WanaDecryptor Virus File 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.