The following article discusses one very harassing and harmful virus. Its name is Rsautil Ransomware. This piece of malware belongs to the Ransomware malware type and can be blamed for the encrypting of your commonly accessed files, as well as for blackmailing you for ransom at a later point. Indeed, such horrible threats are perhaps the most malicious ones you will ever encounter on the Internet.
What makes Ransomware so awfully dangerous?
The malware category called Ransomware comprises the most harmful viruses, which could be very diverse in nature, however all of them are truly hard to remove and deal with. Even the majority of the experts in this field may find it awfully difficult to fight the infection caused by such a virus. Generally, there are several subgroups of Ransomware-likes viruses with different manners of functioning. The one feature they all share is the fact that they are all set to require a ransom in exchange for reversing the harmful encryption process they are responsible for. The following paragraph gives better insight into the known Ransomware subcategories.
Ransomware divides into several smaller malware subgroups:
- The specific virus we are talking about here – Rsautil Ransomware, falls into the the file-encrypting subcategory of Ransomware. Its member programs tend to make your most used files inaccessible by blocking them with a complicated double-key encoding procedure. It is very shocking to realize the threats in the notification, which have appeared on your screen, are in fact real, as the files marked as blocked are indeed made inaccessible to you. Hackers then will ask you to believe that the sole possible way of getting your encrypted data back is to pay them the demanded ransom by threatening you even further.
- Another subgroup is the screen-locking Ransomware. It can itself get divided into two smaller malicious subfamilies. The products from the 1st one are usually designed to lock your computer monitor by putting an enormous ransom-requiring notification, in this way making you completely unable to use any of your system’s features, icons and apps. You might catch the mobile-oriented versions of this malware. They represent the 2nd subgroup. The difference is that they represent programs affecting a mobile device – for instance, a phone or a tablet. This Ransomware type again makes the screen of the affected device totally inaccessible to you by displaying a very big ransom alert. The procedure is again the same – you are warned you will never access your blocked device ever again in case you don’t complete the required ransom payment.
Potential Ransomware sources:
Such malware products may be found in numerous different places on the web. Nothing is really safe and no concrete source can be pointed out. Nevertheless, according to the reports about the recorded contaminations so far, the majority of them have occurred because of some accidental click on a fake malicious pop-up ad (malvertisement) while browsing, or opening a spam letter and loading its attachments inside your email. Please, note that Rsautil Ransomware could be assisted by a Trojan horse virus and these two horrible fellows may be hiding inside such a suspicious email bundled. Still, other possible sources exist, such as contagious websites and shareware, as well as infected torrents and other downloadable content. More precisely, anything on the web might be a Ransomware source.
Normally, an infection process occurs in the following manner:
Usually, the real contamination process happens in the manner explained here, no matter how exactly you have caught Rsautil Ransomware. Once this Ransomware is inside your PC, it gains full access to your storage spaces. First of all, the malicious program fully scans them, determining which ones you have used and may want to access in the future. Then all of the data enlisted as such becomes a victim of encryption with a very complex key. Eventually, a harassing notification pops up on your desktop and you get informed about all of the above.
In case of a contamination, you should proceed in the following way:
To our mutual dismay, nothing is fully capable of fighting Ransomware and for now there is no one method for dealing with its consequences. You might succeed in removing the virus, but your data might remain encrypted regardless. Our recommendation is NOT to pay the money that the hackers are demanding, but to try to deal with Rsautil Ransomware yourself. For that purpose we have assembled the Removal Guide in the end of this article. We cannot promise that it will definitely be able to decrypt your files after you have removed the virus. Despite the uncertainty, though, it is still worth giving a try and will cost you nothing.
Rsautil 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.