.Writeme ransomware removal instructions
What is .Writeme
The Removal Guide that you are about to read now is dedicated to a recently released Ransomware cryptovirus named .Writeme Virus Ransomware. In it, you will find very helpful information about the methods of infection, distribution and file encryption that this nasty threat uses as well as the alternative solutions which you might want to consider instead of the ransom payment. If you have had the misfortune of becoming a victim of .Writeme RAnsomware, we highly recommend you familiarize yourself with all the information that we will share below and carefully decide which the best course of action is in your particular case. Our “how to remove” team has prepared a detailed Removal Guide and some file-restoration instructions which might be worth the try in case that you want to exhaust all the available options before considering the ransom payment.
.Writeme – important details about the infection
.Writeme is a sophisticated and newly created file-encrypting virus from the Ransomware type. It uses a special encryption algorithm to secretly convert a wide range of commonly used file types into unusable pieces of data and keep them hostage in exchange for a ransom payment. Presently, this is one of the most malicious computer threats one can encounter on the web. Once .Writeme Ransomware has attacked you, nothing can guarantee that you will recover your computer and your files completely. In most of the cases, even if you effectively remove the Ransomware, the data which has been encrypted may remain like that for an indefinite period of time and you may not be able to access it, open it or use it in any way.
The criminals behind .Writeme usually rely on its strong encryption algorithm to secure the files so that the only option you are left with is to purchase a special decryption key from them and pay a ransom for it. Basically, if you want to get your files back, the crooks will blackmail you to pay them a certain amount of money within a given deadline. If you do so, you may obtain the key they offer you but if you don’t, the hackers may threaten to delete it and leave your data encrypted forever.
In order to prevent the victims from detecting and removing the Ransomware before it has applied its encryption, the hackers ensure that their malware remains under the radar of your security software. For that, they often employ tricky infection methods such as insertion of the cryptovirus with the help of a Trojan horse, an exploit kit or some legitimate-looking but infected web page, fake ad, misleading link, spam message or infected email attachment or installation kit. It takes just one wrong click on the malicious transmitter for the Ransomware to get activated and the worst thing is that you will likely come to know about the infection only when a scary ransom note appears on your screen and demands that you pay the ransom.
What alternatives do you have if you have been attacked by .Writeme?
Not panicking is really important if you are about to deal with this nasty infection. We know it is not easy to remain calm and collected if the future of your most important files are at stake but acting out of fear and frustration might cost you a lot of money wasted for nothing other than sponsoring the insidious agenda of the hackers. And why would you do exactly what the hackers want? Their goal is to put pressure on you and make you pay as soon as possible without giving you time to research for alternatives. Besides, there is no guarantee that when you pay they will really send you the decryption key or that it will really manage to reverse the malicious encryption effectively. If you take some time and explore what the experts can offer and what tools and instructions there are, however, you might find something that works for you. One of the first things we would advise you to do is to use your own backups and restore some data from there. In the Removal Guide below, we have also included some steps on how to extract data from the computer. Make sure, though, that you remove .Writeme before you try to recover any files. Otherwise, with the Ransomware on your system, you risk everything you manage to recover to get encrypted again.
Screenshot of files encrypted by .vaca (“.vaca” extension):
Remove .Writeme Virus Ransomware
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.