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The main theme of the following text is the manner in which a virus called Wncry Virus Ransomware typically behaves. To summarize the characteristics...

The main theme of the following text is the manner in which a virus called Wncry Virus Ransomware typically behaves. To summarize the characteristics of this malware in brief, we will inform you that it is a Ransomware-based program, which is perfectly able to and usually DOES encrypt your most regularly accessed files. The next step this terrible virus performs is to produce an alert notification, which will let you know about the encryption of your data and about the fact that the hackers are requiring a ransom for its decryption. (You can find our removal guide at the bottom of the article.)

The most terrible cyber danger – Wncry Virus:

To be really precise, you will hardly ever come across a malware version more harmful than the ones based on Ransomware. These programs are the most intrusive and dangerous cyber nightmares on the Internet. A constantly growing number of users get infected by viruses like Wncry Virus mainly because of the more and more diverse means of distribution their creators use. In the past when Ransomware first originated somewhere in Russia, its basic source were the contagious emails, containing it either in the letter itself, or in an infected attachment. At the present moment as this kind of malware is on its rise, you are likely to get contaminated by a version of it from basically anything on the web: from the aforementioned infected letters, from drive-by downloads, or shareware and torrents; even from infected web sites, and malvertising (fake malicious advertisements generated by some webpages).

The way the process of encryption takes place:

We have already shared with you the fact that Wncry Virus is a virus, capable of rendering some of your files inaccessible. It selects which ones exactly will be the victims, after it has carefully reviewed all of your storage places and hard drives, and has determined the ones you most regularly open or visit. Following that, all that chosen data gets enlisted and when the encryption starts, the program locks them up – one by one. As soon as the entire list of predetermined files has been encoded, Wncry Virus broadcasts an awful and often terrifying ransom alert, which usually consists of payment deadlines and details.

Can the process of encryption be noticed?

In some rare cases some of the victim users of Ransomware have reported that they had perceived the ongoing infection. Some of the symptoms include a possible significant slowdown of the whole contaminated system. Sometimes such a process might be seen in the Windows Task Manager as an unknown one. In case you happen to be one of the users, who have noticed something wrong going on, what you should do is shut down your computer as soon as possible, cancel all the network and other connections, which might result in the further distribution of this malware, and then do NOT turn on your device until you have managed to solve the problem. Despite this possibility, in most of the accounted cases, the contamination does not get noticed before the popping up of the ransom notification occurs.

Can such an encryption process be reversed? Is the decryption of the encrypted data possible?

This matter is very tricky because “yes” and “no” are both correct and at the same time incorrect answers. In general, it is possible to remove such an infection. In order to help you do that, we recommend that you follow the instructions in our Removal Guide below. Typically, Ransomware viruses might be removed if you follow the steps included in this guide closely. However, getting back your encrypted data is another, completely different story. No Removal Guide, no professional, no software may ever give you a guarantee about the safe recovery of the affected data. More precisely, even paying the demanded ransom will not necessarily give you the control over your files. All the potential scenarios depend on the intentions of the criminals, who are blackmailing you, and what exactly they have programmed Wncry Virus to perform. Unfortunately, you might never be capable of accessing your files again, as usually hackers do not have positive intentions and are just after your money. Neither the payment of the requested sum of money, nor the removal of the malware is sure to recover your data.

What we recommend that you should do:

Maybe it will sound risky, but ask people who have experienced such contamination, see what they have done to deal with it. Go and check out what some experts may offer you as a solution. Even purchase some special app to help you fight the infection. Simply do NOT immediately pay the demanded ransom as by doing so, you will risk both your already encrypted data and your money. No guarantees are given either way, so risk wisely!

Remove Wncry Virus Guide

1: Preparations

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. 

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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:

%AppData%

%LocalAppData%

%ProgramData%

%WinDir%

%Temp%

Delete everything you see in TempAbout 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.

7: Decryption

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. 

Thompson Hill

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