If you have been attacked by Btcware and all your files have been encrypted by its nasty algorithm, don’t get panicked. In this article, we will try to provide you with all the basic information about this new Ransomware threat – how it spreads, how can it infect you, what does it do to your files, and how can you deal with it in the best possible way.
We have also created a removal guide, which may help you remove the infection from your PC and eventually restore some of your files from the encryption. So, keep on reading to gain a better understanding and take a careful look at the instructions below.
Btcware File Virus – a perfect tool for online blackmail
Ransomware is very dangerous malware, used for a popular criminal scheme which keeps users’ data hostage and blackmails them for ransom in order to release it back. Btcware is one of the many Ransomware versions that are used for that purpose, but what makes it extremely dangerous is its special encryption algorithm and the very tricky methods it uses to infect its victims. Generally, the file encryption isn’t something bad and it is widely used in sectors like banking, health care, and different institutions as one of the safest data protection mechanism. It uses a very complex algorithm of symbols, which can be unlocked only with a special decryption key and ensures that no one, except the one who has the key, can read or misuse certain confidential digital data.
The criminals, however, have made a very nasty criminal scheme based on data encryption, which uses software tools like Btcware to lock the users’ data and make it inaccessible unless a ransom is paid for the decryption key. This is how the Ransomware works. Once you get infected with such a threat, it immediately starts to encrypt each and every file, found on your hard drives. The worst is that you will come to know about the harmful results only after the encryption process is completed. In most of the cases, the antivirus will not be able to detect the threat on time and will most probably ignore it, since the file encryption itself isn’t identified as a dangerous script. The real danger comes after all the files are encrypted and the hackers come into play. They usually place a disturbing ransom message on the victims’ computer and ruthlessly manipulate them to pay the required money as soon as possible.
The ransom payment and your options…
When the malicious encryption is completed and you can’t access your files, the criminals behind Btcware will gladly notify you about the infection and offer you a decryption key. However, you may need to dig deep into your pockets to get it and even then, you still will have no guarantee that you will get your files back. So, what choices do you have in this situation? Basically, not many. You can either agree to pay the ransom and put your hard earned money to risk without any proof or guarantee from the hackers, or you will have to say bye-bye to your files forever.
None of these options is acceptable though, so here is what we suggest. Don’t pay a penny to the unscrupulous hackers – they don’t deserve to become rich by blackmailing people for the access of their own data! And they will most probably fool you by only taking your money without giving you anything in return. Instead of that, try the guide that we have prepared below. It will first help you remove Btcware from your PC. Then, you can try our instructions on how to get back some of your data. They may not be able to fully recover your data loss, but here is another tip – use some backup copies that you may keep on external drives or a cloud. This way, you may easily restore your precious files without giving a single penny to the hackers. In fact, backups are the best protection against data loss caused by a Ransomware attack, so make sure you really keep copies of your most important files somewhere safe. Also, try to avoid suspicious web locations, spam, shady email attachments, aggressively popping ads, too-good-to-be-true offers and sketchy content. They may hide threats like Btcware or Trojan horse infections, which can easily create system vulnerabilities for different malware to sneak inside your machine.
Btcware 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.