Ransomware threats are among the worst kind that anyone could ever come across. They often cause irreversible losses and are very difficult to counteract due to their stealth and the specifics of their operating methods. We have created this article due to the cries for help of many users that have reached us in regards to one of the newest ransomware variants called “We Have Encrypted All Your Personal Files” Virus.
Like most other ransomware viruses, “We Have Encrypted All Your Personal Files” Virus has been invading computers or private users and businesses alike and encrypting the files stored on them.
All of this is part of a criminal blackmail scheme, the point of which is to rob people of their access to their own files and then promise to return it to them in exchange for money. If you, too, have fallen victim to this criminal practice, we advise you to read through this article and implement the steps described in the removal guide below. They are designed to help you remove the dreadful virus and potentially even restore the files that it has encrypted on your machine.
How does ransomware operate?
Ransomware viruses are notoriously tricky to detect and prevent from completing their harmful duties. That is also one of the reasons why they are regarded as the most dangerous malware category in existence. Once in the victim’s system, they begin to create encrypted copies of certain file types, which can include images, documents, video and audio files, as well as system files, to name a few. This process typically runs without any indication and even if you have a powerful antivirus system installed on your machine, it’s likely to not detect the ransomware and alert you about it. This is true because the encryption process is not in itself something harmful – on the contrary, it’s a protection measure. After “We Have Encrypted All Your Personal Files” Virus creates the encrypted copies of your files, it will then proceed to delete the originals and display a ransom note on your screen.
You might be wondering how exactly “We Have Encrypted All Your Personal Files” Virus ended up on your machine, though. Just like the actions it runs when already inside it, the infection process usually also goes undetected. There are several main distribution tactics that hackers rely on to spread their nasty viruses, and one of them is spam. Spam messages can be sent to you via different messaging platforms, including social media and email. They usually try to look as legit as possible and will somehow try to get you to open an enclosed file or follow a certain hyperlink. The link or attachment is where the ransomware may be embedded, so upon clicking or downloading them, you will automatically also download the malware onto your machine. Another popular method that criminals often use is malvertising. It involves the process of injecting online ads such as popups and banners with various malicious scripts, including ransomware. You cannot tell the malicious ads from the harmless ones, unless you actually click on them and find out the hard way, which is why we like to advise our readers to steer clear of any and all online advertising materials altogether.
Should I pay the ransom?
The short answer would be: that’s up to you. However, we do not recommend paying any money to criminals, who are trying to blackmail you. There are a few practical reasons for this. First of all, it’s usually just a very expensive endeavor. Secondly, paying the ransom will not necessarily result in the receipt of the promised decryption key or even in the successful decryption of the files, even if they do send the key. And let’s not even get started about how wrong it is fund criminals (because that’s what this basically is) or give them the encouragement they need to continue harassing people.
Regardless of how you choose to act on this issue, one thing is for sure and it’s that you need to take precautions henceforth so as to avoid future attacks. Be sure to avoid the most common ransomware sources described above and just try to browse the web in a more cautious and sensible way. Also, be sure to keep you OS and all programs on it updated, because outdated software can form a loophole, through which malware may enter your system. And last but by no means least, try to regularly make backups of your most important files and store them on separate drives.
“We Have Encrypted All Your Personal Files” 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.