Viruses based on Ransomware are indeed the worst online threat that you are likely to encounter nowadays if you are not careful enough. Such programs will invade your computer, scan all its disks, and define which files exactly you tend to use on a regular basis. As a result, all of them will end up encrypted and you will be unable to access them. After that ransom will be demanded from you in exchange for your hijacked data. This truly bothering description applies to Wanna Decrypt Virus as well – the subject of the article below.
Ransomware – the modern cyber super threat
Ransomware is a type of harmful software that does exactly what has been mentioned above to your files. Of course, not all Ransomware-type programs are capable of that, because there could be many subtypes of this malicious software. What is common for them, though, is the fact that the hackers behind the infections are always after your money and they may have no intention giving you back the access to your encrypted data. This is what you should always remember when dealing with such a dangerous virus.
Subtypes of Ransomware
Ransomware as a whole represents all programs that infect your computer for some reason and then ask you to pay a sum of money in order to undo the harmful things that have been done to your machine and/or its files. However, the nature of the expected harm could be different as well, as the target devices:
- Screen-locking Ransomwareattacks only your computer screen. It cannot do anything to your files, but it can display a message covering your entire screen, thus making you unable to access anything behind this message. Usually such a notification includes information about your screen being locked and you needing to pay a certain amount in order to unlock it.
- Mobile Ransomware invades mobile devices. Its way of functioning resembles the one of the monitor-locking type, as it blocks your access to your phone by generating a message that covers the whole screen. It lets you know about the contamination and demands an amount of money in exchange for unlocking your smartphone screen, for example. No data on the mobile device gets affected, again, only the screen.
- The most popular file-encrypting Ransomware is the one that actually locks your files and threatens to delete them forever, unless you pay the required amount of money to the hackers harassing you. This is probably the worst subtype of Ransomware, as it could really destroy your affected data forever.
- Government-exploited Ransomware is an example of a virus that affects not the innocent users, but the hackers who are bothering them. Programs built like Ransomware could be used for making hackers pay fines for breaking laws, such as the copyright laws. Such programs are normally exploited by government agencies.
Characteristic features of Wanna Decrypt Virus
Wanna Decrypt Virus is a member of the file-locking Ransomware subgroup. It represents a program that sneaks into your machine without your permission. After that, this awful software determines which data you consider important via scanning your entire inner and outer drives and then proceeds with its complex encryption. Such a complicated process of encoding files might really consume sufficient amounts of system resources and while it is taking place, you may spot it in the Task Manager of your PC. Still, only few users notice the ongoing infection, most victims just see the ransom-requiring alert after the completion of the encryption process.
Means of distributing Wanna Decrypt Virus
If you are wondering how you may end up contaminated with such a dangerous program, it could happen in many various ways. For instance, torrents and shareware could carry the virus. It could also be included on certain contagious websites and once you visit one of them, the malware comes as a drive-by download to your machine. Another possibility is when the virus lurks inside a spam letter or any of its attachments. In this case it is often bundled with a Trojan, whose role is to find how your PC is most likely to be infiltrated and to sneak the Ransomware in using this weakness. A great part of all infections are actually due to clicking on a fake online advertisement – a product of the so-called malvertising.
Possible measures in case of an infection
First of all, don’t pay the ransom immediately. As it has been mentioned above, that doesn’t guarantee you the decryption of your important data. Secondly, ask an expert for help and advice. Some people have sufficient experience dealing with such malware and could really be helpful. Last but not least, you can always try to remove this threat with the help of a Removal Guide (see ours just below). Again, doing so doesn’t guarantee the decryption of your files, but it won’t hurt to give it a try.
Wanna Decrypt 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.