If your computer has recently been infected by a virus called .Wlu Virus, then we’re not going to sugarcoat it – you’re in trouble. This is a ransomware virus and as such, it belongs to one of the world’s most dangerous malware categories. With that in mind, it’s essential that you don’t panic and spend a few minutes to read through the following information, in order to understand what exactly this malicious program has done to your files and how. More importantly, though, you will also need to remove .Wlu Virus and see to the recovery of the files it has encrypted on your machine. We can help you achieve the former with the help of a detailed removal guide, which you will find on this page. The same guide will also provide you with instructions as to restoring your files, but we cannot promise that they will be successful in each and every instance of a ransomware infection. Due to this virus’ advanced sophistication, there’s still no universal method for dealing with its consequences. Bear with us, though, and don’t give in to the ransom demands just yet.
How ransomware operates and why it’s so dangerous
Programs like .Wlu Virus usually infect the victim’s system by stealth and typically manage to encrypt the files on it, without suffering intervention from your antivirus system. This is because encryption is not an inherently malicious process and is, in fact, a way of protecting sensitive information. That’s why most antiviruses won’t even see it as a threat and will just let it slide. Besides that, ransomware programs very rarely exhibit any actual symptoms that could give them away or notify the user of their presence before it’s already too late. As a result, their success rate has gone through the roof and doesn’t seem to be declining any time soon. In certain very rare cases users are able to detect unusual PC behavior, such as RAM and CPU spikes that can be monitored in your Task Manager, as well as a general slowdown of the computer.
These signs could very well be due to something else, but if you have reason to believe that you have a virus currently at work on your PC, then you must shut it down immediately and get in touch with a specialist. But, as you have already found yourself being blackmailed by the hackers for money, you have little use of this at the moment. Right now you are probably wondering whether paying the ransom wouldn’t just be the simplest course of action. Well, it is, but it’s not by far the preferred one. As a matter of fact, paying the ransom could very well only result in you throwing away your money and never receiving the promised decryption key. Cases like this are fairly common and even upon receiving a decryption key, many users are still unable to successfully decrypt their data. With this in mind, you can see that you’d still be risking your files, as well as your money. Therefore, we recommend first exhausting all other options and only then considering the ransom payment.
As pointed out, it’s paramount that you remove .Wlu Virus from your system before you attempt doing anything else. Otherwise, you will risk getting more files encrypted or recovering your files and then having the virus lock them again. After this, if you have copies of your most valuable data stored elsewhere, you can retrieve it from there. If that’s not your case, then the instructions in our guide below will attempt to recover them from system backups. In addition, there is a list of decryptor tools, which we update on a regular basis. Perhaps you will be able to find one among them that will be able to crack the encryption code .Wlu Virus has used on your data. But the only sure way to combat ransomware viruses from now on is to avoid their most common sources and create backups of your most important files. That way, even if you do end up getting infected, no real harm will be done, as you have your files stored safe and sound on a different drive. As for the most common sources, try to steer clear of shady websites, sketchy downloadable content and by no means should you open and download attachments from spam emails.
.Wlu 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.