As good as it is, the web is full of tricky and hazardous threats. One of the most harmful ones is Ransomware – a special type of malicious software, created to encrypt your files and then blackmail you to pay ransom to decrypt them.
This is exactly what .Wcry File Virus has been developed for, and ever since it had been released, it has been causing problems to a lot of online users, businesses and institutions all around the world.
On this page, we are going to discuss its most important characteristics, as well as all the possible methods that you can use to deal with it, in case that you have been infected. We will also share with you a free removal guide, which can help you identify and remove .Wcry File Virus from your system and eventually restore some of your encrypted files. So, let’s begin!
.Wcry File Virus – the most harmful malware
Ransomware has the fame of the most harmful malware to the present and there are a few good reasons for that. The effects of this malicious software can be very harassing and sometimes even irreversible. This is the case with .Wcry File Virus – a new addition to the Ransomware family, which is able to encode all of the files, found on your machine with a very complex secret encryption. Not only that, but it is also programmed to prevent your total access to the encrypted files and ruthlessly blackmail you to pay ransom if you want to open or use any of them. This is a very nasty criminal scheme, which hackers are now using very successfully. They develop and spread Ransomware threats like .Wcry File Virus in various ways in order to infect more and more victims and then make them pay ransom for the access of their own data. The most effective ways of contamination are spam emails with malicious attachments, various sketchy content, malvertising methods and Trojan horse infections. Regardless of where and how you’ve got the Ransomware, however, its consequences on your machine will most probably cause huge data loss and severe system compromising.
How .Wcry File Virus encrypts your files
Normally, you will hardly notice that a threat of this type has compromised your computer. The Ransomware will try to remain hidden deep inside your system and will immediately start locking all of your frequently used files with its strong encryption. The malicious process may take some time to complete, but still, it will most probably go without any visible symptoms. Only after all the files are secured, you will come to know about the infection. The hackers, who own the Ransomware, will clearly notify you about the harmful encryption that has taken place by displaying a shocking ransom note on your screen. There they will give you exact instruction on what you need to do to pay the required ransom and they will most probably give you a short deadline after which, you may not be able to get your files back. To look more trustworthy, they may even offer you a decryption key, or a part of it, just to convince you to pay as soon as possible.
What should you do if you have been blackmailed?
With no doubt, seeing such a disturbing ransom message and being blackmailed for your own files, is a stressful experience. After all, losing your data is the least you want. But how can you save it? Should you pay the ransom? Most of the security experts would advise you against such a risky decision. Not only it doesn’t make sense to give your hard earned money to some anonymous criminals, but there is also no guarantee that this will really save your files. Whatever decryption key the hackers have promised you, cannot guarantee the full recovery of your encrypted data, and if they are not in a mood, or you fail to strictly follow their instructions, you may really get nothing in return but only lose your money.
That’s why, before you make an impulsive decision like this one, we would advise you to try some other alternatives of dealing with this Ransomware. The options you can choose from are to consult an expert, purchase specialized software that can combat this type of threats or simply say bye-bye to all of your data and reinstall your OS. There is one more alternative, which may help you minimize the data loss, and even though we cannot promise you it will work out flawlessly, giving it a try may be worth it. The removal guide below contains the step-by-step instructions for that, so take a look at it as it may be able to help you.
.Wcry File 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.