Wncry Virus is a new file-encrypting Ransomware threat, which can be held responsible for a number of infections. Its malicious mechanism of encoding the files, found on the compromised computer, and blackmailing the victims to pay ransom to access them is really something to fear for. The article that you are currently reading is all about this nasty Ransomware, the way it functions and the possible actions you can take against it. In the next paragraphs, we are going to give you a brief explanation of the criminal blackmail scheme the hackers use with this threat, as well as some detailed instructions on how to remove Wncry Virus from your system. There are a few options, which may eventually save some of your files too, so take a look at the information below and make the best use of it.
A tricky Trojan can often be blamed for the Ransomware infection.
Wncry Virus is, with no doubt, very harmful malware. This threat is so precisely programmed, that it poses a huge challenge even to most security experts. Even an advanced antivirus program may fail to detect this Ransomware on time and provide the necessary protection. This is because Wncry Virus uses a secret encryption, which pretty much resembles a normal non-malicious encryption process, which most of the security software takes as normal. Other things that help this threat to spread so effectively and infect more users are its various malicious transmitters. Seemingly harmless ads, apps, links, infected pages, malicious installers, torrents, spam, emails with infected attachments and even social shares can all be potential carriers of the Wncry Virus infection. The most effective transmitter, however, is the Trojan horse. It usually delivers the Ransomware secretly, through some system vulnerability, and the users are not even able to detect that an infection has occurred until a shocking ransom note appears on their screen.
The negatives of the Ransomware infection.
Being a victim of Ransomware comes with many negatives. Not only is your system heavily compromised, but the thing that is affected the most is your data. This malware does not destroy or delete it, but it basically renders it inaccessible thanks to a very complex and secret encryption. This way, all of the files, found on your computer are held hostage, until you pay a certain amount of money as ransom to the criminals, behind the threat. Only then, you may get your files back. That, however, nobody can guarantee. Paying the ransom to release the files is basically a very uncertain and risky decision. If the hackers are in a mood to send you a decryption key, you should consider yourself lucky, but most of the victims of Wncry Virus don’t have that luck. Usually, the criminals simply disappear with the money, leaving all the data encrypted, and causing huge financial and data loss to the infected users.
So, is there a way around, which can save your files?
Well, when it comes to Ransomware infections, nothing can be guaranteed, because this type of malware evolves so fast, that the methods that have proved to be working until now may turn out to be ineffective in some cases. But, still, if you don’t feel like losing your money by paying ransom to a group of anonymous hackers, we might be able to help you out in a way. There are certain instructions, precisely described in the removal guide below, which may be able to effectively remove Wncry Virus from your computer and restore the access to some of your files. You cannot expect miracles because advanced viruses like Wncry Virus have really sophisticated mechanisms of encoding, but still, giving them a try comes at no cost and may work out in your case.
Protection against Ransomware
Underestimating the importance of protecting their system is a crucial mistake that many people make. This, however, can really make a difference, especially when it comes to sophisticated threats like Wncry Virus. Ensuring that there is no outdated software inside the machine, regularly updating the OS with the latest security patches and running frequent virus scans can prevent a lot of nasty infections such as Trojans. These guys are often related to Ransomware distribution and can effectively insert a nasty cryptovirus inside your PC. Also, being reasonable when surfing the internet can be the difference between having your system compromised or remaining safe. It is strongly advisable to avoid sketchy sites, insecure web locations, randomly generated pop-ups and ads, or links which may be misleading. Torrent sites, automatic installers and different free software setups may also not be as safe as they look and it is best if you restrict your interaction with them to the minimum.
Wncry Virus File Ransomware Removal
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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.