You keep a lot of valuable files on your computer, don’t you? And there is nothing more dreadful than a nasty Ransomware infection like Uiwix Virus Ransomware, which can secretly encrypt them all and prevent your access. But what should you do if your data really gets encrypted by this threat? With no doubt, this is serious trouble which needs a special approach and a lot of attention to be dealt with. Our goal in this article is to help all the people, who have recently become victims of Uiwix Virus Ransomware to try to combat the infection with alternative methods. So, if you are one of them, the next lines may turn out to be very helpful for your, especially if you are looking for ways to avoid the ransom payment and try to recover from the Ransomware attack to a certain extent.
The characteristics of Ransomware
Uiwix Virus Ransomware is a recently discovered online threat, which can be very malicious for any computer. It does not corrupt your system like a usual computer virus, say a Trojan, or some other form of destructive script. Instead, it uses a method called encryption to lock all the data, found on the infected machine. By applying a secret encryption algorithm, this threat basically deprives the users of accessing their own files and then starts to blackmail them for ransom if they want to regain their access. This is a very popular online blackmail scheme, which is spreading across the internet like wildfire and a lot of unscrupulous hackers take advantage of it by creating Ransomware infections like Uiwix Virus Ransomware and infecting hundreds of online users. Even institutions and big businesses are not immune to threats like Uiwix Virus Ransomware, because these Ransomware pieces can trick even the best security software and still encrypt a huge amount of valuable data.
Part of the success of these infections is the fact, that they rarely get detected by most of antivirus programs. The reason is that, as we already mentioned, these malicious pieces don’t use the typical virus-like scripts, which normal security software recognizes as malicious. Instead of that, the Ransomware threats cause harm by incorporating a generally non-malicious process like the file-encryption, (which, by the way, is used widely in various system processes as one of the safest data-protection mechanisms) in a criminal scheme. When the infection happens, the antivirus program usually fails to make a difference between a normal file-encryption process and a malicious one, which can be caused by Ransomware. This is what makes infections like Uiwix Virus Ransomware almost impossible to catch on time and in most of the cases, the users come to know about them only after they have successfully completed their harmful encryption on all of the users’ files. The hackers usually place a disturbing ransom notification on the victims’ screen, asking them to pay a certain amount of money in exchange for a secret decryption key. If the victims don’t strictly fulfill the hackers’ demands, however, they are threatened to lose their data and never access it again.
How can you remove Uiwix Virus Ransomware?
Removing a Ransomware infection like Uiwix Virus Ransomware is a very delicate task. For once, such threats usually hide deep inside your system and without special security software or some detailed manual instructions like the ones below, you may not be able to detect it. Even if you detect and remove it though, no one can tell you what exactly will happen to your encrypted data. In most of the cases, the affected files may still remain inaccessible unless the right decryption key is applied. Even that cannot guarantee that everything will be back to normal, which is why the reputed security experts don’t advise you to go for the ransom payment. Not only may you lose your money for a decryption key that doesn’t work, but you will actually encourage the criminals to continue with their nasty blackmail scheme.
If we have to be frank, the alternatives that you can try, may also not provide you with full recovery from the Ransomware encryption. But still, they may help you minimize the losses to some extent, that’s why it is worth it to give them a try. You can begin with the instructions in the removal guide below. They may help you remove Uiwix Virus Ransomware and eventually extract some of your data from the system. If you keep some copies of your files somewhere on an external source, then getting rid of the Ransomware will solve your problems. If you don’t have any copies though, you can try our file restoration instructions. They may not work for each and every case, but still giving them a try may be worth the effort. Another option is to search for some software, specialized in dealing with Ransomware infections and use its help, or contact a professional and ask for assistance. Do not give up, and especially, do not get fooled by the hackers, because this is the worst thing you can do. Try every possible alternative and don’t forget to keep your data safe by backing it up regularly.
Uiwix 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.