The article on this page provides some valuable information about a malicious program famous as Wanna Cry Virus. To be more precise, this malware version is a member of the Ransomware family, thus being capable of encrypting the user’s essential files as soon as it has infiltrated their computers. When the process of encoding all of the targeted data has been fully and thoroughly completed, there on your desktop appears a special pop-up message. Normally, such an alarming notification is all about the precise hackers’ instructions on how to complete the payment of the ransom. There may also be some threats about the future of your encrypted data in case you disagree to pay the hackers. Usually you are warned you will never be able to use any of them again unless you transfer the necessary amount of money. If you want to find out more about this malware type as well as about possible solutions for the problems caused by it, our article below and the guide attached to it are just what you need for that purpose.
Usual way of functioning of Ransomware:
First of all – prepare to fight an unusual battle as Ransomware doesn’t resemble the other cyber threats – a fact that makes it especially hard to counteract or remove. What’s more, most of the usual security products might be inefficient against such a virus. This follows from this slight detail: no version of Ransomware can or will directly harm your device in any way. As a result, no security warning can be really provoked. To be completely precise, the process of encryption is not dangerous on its own – it could just stop you from reaching some files, but it can’t cause any damage to them. What happens is that this kind of malware can make this process not favourable to the user. Rarely could there be any signs telling you something wrong is going on inside your PC, but some of them include increased use of CPU or RAM, or a total system slowdown.
Paying off the ransom: Is it a good idea? Are there any requirements?
The hackers behind most Ransomware programs are entirely dependent on the level of fear and anxiety among the affected users they can cause. Consequently, it is more than essential for any victim user to stay calm and inform themselves about the typical traits of this form of malware. Another vital part of dealing with a program like Wanna Cry Virus is that you will asked to transfer an amount of money as a ransom, normally in Bitcoins. This kind of online currencies is very popular exactly because it’s nearly impossible to get traced. By using it and requesting the money in this form, the dishonest people who have sent this horrifying Ransomware against you are trying to remain unreachable and to get away with this nasty deed. As disappointing as it may sound – such criminals are almost never held into responsibility for harassing you and thousands of other unfortunate users globally. Furthermore, you can comply with the rules of those hackers and still – never receive the decryption details you need to set your data free. Obviously, we can only advise you to seek other potential options, which are not related to paying off the demanded ransom, as even completing that payment may not help you much.
We are glad to tell you that we have provided a free possible solution – the Removal Guide below. Attached, you will even find a part telling you how to decrypt as much data as possible by using its system back-up. Judging from all we know about Ransomware, trying out all the possible solutions before agreeing to sacrifice your money and give them to the hackers is among the wisest ways of acting you can proceed with.
Potential ways to stop Ransomware :
It is always true that you should try to keep viruses like Wanna Cry Virus as far from your PC as possible. Here we can offer you some tips on how to manage to do that easily and successfully. Prevention is an everyday activity, so prepare to be persistent. However, it is still much easier than facing a Ransomware infection. The first part of any successful prevention course is to always mind your surfing habits – the places you visit on the Internet matter! Choose wisely so that not to suffer a lot in the future! Simply, do your best and stay away from any locations with particularly bad reputation. Another integral component of being safe is to just avoid any version of any cyber spam. Ransomware may come from all kinds of unwanted text messages on different kinds of messengers and social media accounts, as well as from letters you receive on your email. One more essential part of acquiring successful prevention manners is to try to regularly back up all the files that matter to you. In this way no one will ever harass you. Also, bear in mind to be on the lookout for Trojans, as they could be carrying Ransomware-based malware with them.
Wanna Cry Virus 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.