The Wanna File Virus which is Ransomware-based, definitely represent the worst cyber threat, which you can possibly encounter at the present moment, especially in case you are not very careful while browsing the web. Such viruses can and will invade your system, scan all its data storage space and find out which files you tend to regularly use. (You can find our removal guide at the bottom of the article.) After that, all of the files that are defined as important ones will end up encrypted and you will be rendered unable to access any of them. Later on, a ransom amount is going to be extorted from you in exchange for your locked-up files. This truly terrible description is about Wanna File Virus Ransomware – an exact Ransomware-type virus, which is the main topic of the article below.
The contemporary cyber evil – Ransomware
Ransomware represents a kind of harmful software, which affects your important data exactly as we have explained above. Surely, not all Ransomware-like viruses are capable of file lock as there could be many subcategories of this malicious software. What is common among them all, however, is the fact that the cyber criminals behind such contamination processes are normally just after your money, and they could have no intention to recover your access to your encrypted data. That’s what you should definitely bear in mind when dealing with such a malicious threat.
Ransomware in general, as we have explained above, includes all the viruses which infect your computer and then- require that you should pay some money so as to undo the dangerous things which have been done to your system. Nonetheless, the essence of the possible harm could be varying and diverse, as well as the targeted devices could be different:
The screen locking Ransomware will attack only your PC screen. It can’t do anything evil to your data there; however, the virus can project a message that will cover your entire desktop, in this way making you unable to access anything covered by this alert. Typically, such a notification will include info about the fact that your screen has been locked up and you need to pay for unblocking it.
The mobile-device targeting Ransomware infects mobile devices. Its manner of working looks like the one of the screen-lock category, as it prevents your access to your device by producing a message that also covers the entire screen. The scheme from that moment on is the same – you have to pay to unblock the device’s screen.
The most widely known data-encrypting Ransomware is the type which WILL DEFINITELY encrypt your files and then threaten to destroy them if you refuse to pay the demanded amount of money to the hackers. This is probably the most evil subcategory of Ransomware, because it can really delete or block your affected files for good.
Characteristics of Wanna File Virus Ransomware
Wanna File Virus Ransomware is a representative of the file-encoding Ransomware subtype. This virus represents a program which could sneak into your computer without needing your approval – even without an uninformed one. Following that, this frightening software defines which files you consider essential by means of reviewing all of your inner and outer data storage space and after that proceeds with its complicated encryption process.
Means of distributing Wanna File Virus Ransomware
If you don’t know how you may get contaminated by such an awful malicious program, it can happen in many possible ways. For example, torrents and shareware could carry the virus. It could also be included on certain contagious websites and once you visit one of them, the malware comes as a drive-by download to your machine. One more possibility is when the virus is put inside a spam letter or any of its attachments that come to you via email.
Possible measures in case of an infection
# Firstly, don’t pay the ransom as soon as possible. As it has been explained before, that doesn’t guarantee you the safe decryption of your hijacked data.
# Second of all, go to an expert for help. There are people who have sufficient experience counteracting such malware and may really be helpful.
# Lastly, you can always try to remove this threat via a Removal Guide (see the one we are offering just below). One more time, doing so cannot in any way guarantee the successful decryption of files, however, simply to try never hurts and harms your PC.
Remove Wanna File Virus Guide
Note: Before you go any further, we advise you to bookmark this page or have it open on a separate device such as your smartphone or another PC. Some of the steps might require you to exit your browser on this PC.
2: Task Manager
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to enter the Task Manager. Go to the Tab labeled Processes (Details for Win 8/10). Carefully look through the list of processes that are currently active on you PC.
If any of them seems shady, consumes too much RAM/CPU or has some strange description or no description at all, right-click on it, select Open File Location and delete everything there.
Also, even if you do not delete the files, be sure to stop the process by right-clicking on it and selecting End Process.
3: The Hosts file
Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. Open the hosts file with notepad.
Find where it says Localhost and take a look below that.
If you see any IP addresses there (below Localhost) send them to us here, in the comments since they might be coming from the virus.
4: Disable Startup programs
Re-open the Start Menu and type msconfig.
Click on the first search result. In the next window, go to the Startup tab. If you are on Win 10, it will send you to the Startup part of the task manager instead, as in the picture:
If you see any sketchy/shady looking entries in the list with an unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer name that looks suspicious, disable those programs and select OK.
5: Registry Editor
Press Windows key + R and in the resulting window type regedit.
Now, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus.
Delete everything that gets found. If you are not sure about whether to delete something, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments. Keep in mind that if you delete the wrong thing, you might cause all sorts of issues to your PC.
6: Deleting potentially malicious data
Type each of the following locations in the Windows search box and hit enter to open the locations:
Delete everything you see in Temp. About the other folders, sort their contents by date and delete only the most recent entries. As always, if you are not sure about something, write to us in the comment section.
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the Ransomware from your PC. However, in order to regain access to your files, you will also need to decrypt them or restore them. For that, we have a separate article with detailed instructions on what you have to do in order to unlock your data.