This piece of malware has emerged in late February of 2017, but its first iteration was known as Wcry virus. Now it makes a comeback under the name of WannaCryptor ransomware but does exactly the same. To keep your files and your privacy secured you need to know all the details about the newest version of the virus. But in case you have already caught it, you need to know how to delete WannaCryptor ransomware, so we hope you will find our tips useful.
As for the WannaCryptor ransomware pattern of action – the scheme is typical: your money for encryption or you will lose it all. Infected files get a new extension of «.wcry», hence the first name of the earlier version of WannaCryptor. When the virus is already in and doing it is easy to miss that something is wrong and your security along with the data is compromised if you don’t have any anti-malware protection.
After finishing the encryption, this ransomware informs the user with a note that demands a ransom to be paid. In addition to traditional ransom note (!Please Read Me!.txt), this locker changes your current wallpaper with a picture called !WannaCryptor!.bmp. The ransom text is simple: «Ooops, your important files are encrypted. If you see this text, but don’t see the “Wanna Decryptor” window, then your antivirus removed the decrypt software, or you deleted it from your computer». As you see, the virus wants to trick users into downloading another piece of malware called !WannaDecryptor!.exe. This method was
As far as we know, this malware uses AES and RSA encryption algorithms. Furthermore, WannaCryptor ransomware is also capable of altering Windows Registry which allows managing Shadow Volume Copies. Hackers promise to fix your files for $300 (in Bitcoins) implying that there is no other way to decrypt the data without a key and their decryption program. When your sensitive files are corrupted, you will most likely succumb to paying the ransom, but we recommend focusing on WannaCryptor ransomware removal instead.
And a quick reminder for you all: never the believe internet crooks. It is a common practice to threaten victims and making them think that they are out of options. There are no guarantees that cyber criminals will actually unblock your computer and restore the data. Plus, you will become a sponsor for next attacks contributing to the development of newer viruses and malicious software like this one.
There are several main strategies of delivering viruses into your computer. Most likely, the inventors of WannaCryptor ransomware do actively use them all right now:
– Software installers: malware programs often come bundled with other software you might need. Unchecking all unneeded boxes during the installation is a must. Be careful with the programs that come from untrusted sources.
– Malware spam: emails are still one of the most popular methods of distributing malicious software like this one. Suspicious attachments, unknown links, executable files, etc. in emails should not be opened. It is always a risk to get infected in one click.
– Redirects: sites are getting hacked each day, and malicious ads and hijackers are there for unsuspecting users ready to infect users with viruses and other malware.
There are two ways to get rid of the WannaCryptor Ransomware. You can do it manually if you know where the original malicious file is hidden. But it might take time. Plus, if you don’t know where to look you can accidentally delete wrong files. To avoid this, we recommend using a reliable anti-malware program. If your computer is infected with WannaCryptor Ransomware, it will be eliminated along with other threats found. Having an additional protection against cyber-attacks is highly recommended because other threats might come your way after previous are neutralized.
Symptoms of WannaCryptor Ransomware infection on your computer can be: computer crashes, unusual homepage or search engine on your browser, unwanted pop-up ads and advertising banners. We recommend to download our automatic removal tool. This removal tool has been tested for WannaCryptor Ransomware threat removal and it is easy to use.
After performing all of the steps above you should have all of your web browsers clean of the WANNACRYPTOR RANSOMWARE and other suspicious add-ons and extensions. However to complete the removal procedure we strongly advise to scan your computer with antivirus and anti-malware tools like SpyHunter, HitmanPro 32-bit, HitmanPro 64-bit or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Those programs might help to you find registry entries of malware and remove them safely.