Experts warn that Ransomware developers are constantly making updates to their malicious tools in order to infect more people and to extort their money in the fastest possible way. .Asasin Virus Ransomware is a new file-encrypting virus of this type that attacks users’ computers with even more sophisticated tricks than previous Ransomware infections.
Once it gets inside, this new threat immediately infiltrates the infected computer, detects the most commonly used files and encrypts them with a very complex algorithm. When this is done, the Ransomware leaves files with ransom messages on the computer to inform the victims of the current status of their data and to explain how the encrypted files can be restored. The virus also may replace the desktop image of the affected computer with a version of the ransom message. There, the hackers usually give instructions with the help of which the victims should pay a ransom in order to release their files. Some users get panicked when they see the ransom messages on their computers and tend to submit to the hackers’ demands. But do not rely on that to improve your situation. Such course of action is very risky and may not restore your data. Ransomware is very difficult to deal with and in the next lines we will do our best to help you handle the .Asasin Virus Ransomware infection. There is a removal guide below as well as some helpful file-restoration instructions on that. We suggest you carefully read them and hope you find them useful.
New spam campaigns and exploitation tools are used to distribute .Asasin Virus Ransomware!
.Asasin Virus Ransomware is a Ransomware threat that uses some very tricky distribution methods. Hackers now rely on two main channels for spreading the virus: exploitation tools and malicious spam campaigns. The first technique allows .Asasin Virus Ransomware to exploit outdated, unsupported and generally vulnerable software and injects its malicious components into victim computers when they visit bad reputable sites that contain similar exploitation tools. Spreading the virus through malicious spam campaigns does not need to be explained. All Ransomware viruses usually use this distribution method, and it always proves to be successful because hackers constantly invent new techniques to get victims to open the malicious emails and click on their infected attachments. Very often the fraudsters tend to mask a spam message as a legitimate looking file that could be sent from banks, authorities, or the Microsoft Security Team and inform the victim of a suspicious entry into the victim’s account or some other type of fraud. Once the users download the attached files, they release the infection and the encryption begins.
How does .Asasin Virus Ransomware work?
It seems that the virus uses a very complex encryption method that makes files practically useless. It also adds a new file extension to the already-processed content. Removing these extensions and recovering the files may cost the victim up to a couple of thousand (usually requested in Bitcoins) and does not give a guarantee of successful restoration. Usually, the Ransomware message states something like this:
“YOUR DOCUMENTS, PHOTOS, DATABASES AND OTHER IMPORTANT FILES HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED!”
The crooks state that the only way to decrypt your files is to receive the private key and the decryption program that they possess. To receive the private key and the decryption program you need to go to any encrypted folder, where you will find a special ransom file with complete instructions on how to decrypt your files. When the victims go to the instructions mentioned, they are encouraged to pay immediately and are threatened that if they fail to make the payment within a few days, the ransom will double. Do not feel threatened by such ultimatums – they often aim to panic you and do not guarantee the successful restoration of your data. We would advise you to stick to the safest option – look for file-recovery alternatives and try to remove .Asasin Virus Ransomware. If you have file backups (somewhere on a cloud, on an external drive, CD’s or copies on other devices) they are your real life savers and you can get your data back without the need to pay ransom. The only thing you need to do is to eliminate the infection. If you don’t have backups, there are a few tips you can try and in the removal guide below we have described them.
The Right Way to Remove .Asasin Virus Ransomware from Your Computer
If you want to remove .Asasin Virus Ransomware from your computer the fastest way to do that is to use a professional removal tool. You may also use the free manual instructions in the guide below, but you should be very careful because if you are not careful, the malware will try to cause as much damage to your computer as possible. It may trick you into deleting other vital system files and cause irreparable damage to your system. For this reason, we highly recommend you scan your PC with the professional removal tool and use the instructions only as a guideline to identify the correct malware.
.Asasin 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.