Bad Rabbit Ransomware
Can’t Remove Bad Rabbit Ransomware? This page includes detailed instructions to remove Bad Rabbit Ransomware. There’s high chance that you have already been faced with this unpleasant virus which has likely encrypted your personal files and made them inaccessible for you. If help against Bad Rabbit Ransomware is what you seek, we can offer you that in our removal guide for Ransomware down below, at the bottom of the current article. However, we strongly advise you to first read through the remainder of the article in order to obtain a better understanding of Ransomware viruses like the one that you are probably currently dealing with. The information that we are about present you with will also likely help you avoid similar malicious programs in future so that your system stays safe from now on.
More about Ransomware
Ransomware viruses are a rather unique type of malware that works differently in comparison to other virus types. The main thing that differs between a typical Ransomware and some other virus program is that the Ransomware wouldn’t normally cause any direct damage to the infected machine. Instead of doing that, this type of malware either locks the files of the user or block the access to the whole PC. Alternatively, a Ransomware might also steal sensitive personal user data and threaten to post it online. The purpose of any of those insidious activities is to use that as a leverage upon which the hacker behind the malware attack would be able to blackmail its victim for a ransom payment. In most cases, once the infection has taken place, the targeted user is notified about the virus’ attack via a notepad file or a pop-up window which contains the ransom demand message as well as instructions on how exactly the money is to be transferred to the hacker. If the victim refuses to make the payment, their PC or files might remain locked, or any sensible data that they might have might get posted online.
Bad Rabbit Ransomware and crypto viruses
If you are a victim of an Bad Rabbit Ransomware attack, then your files have likely already been locked by it as this particular Ransomware belongs to the crypto virus sub-category. To seal your personal documents, viruses like Bad Rabbit Ransomware employ a method known as encryption. The use of encryption is also one of the main reasons why crypto-malware is one of the nastiest forms of viruses out there. You see, typically, an encryption process isn’t anything harmful – it is, in fact, a sophisticated method for protecting important files by locking them with an advanced code. However, naturally, once a Ransomware does this to your data, the key for the encryption wouldn’t be available to you and you will be told to pay a ransom in order to be sent the key. The problem is that a lot of antivirus programs wouldn’t detect an ongoing encryption process, as they won’t “see” it as a potential security risk. This is what allows malicious viruses like Bad Rabbit Ransomware to complete their task without getting detected in most instances. Some crypto viruses don’t even need to infiltrate your computer, they can leach off of computer resources when visiting a website that has been infected with malicious code.
In addition to low rate of Ransomware crypto virus detection by antivirus programs, malicious malware like Bad Rabbit Ransomware also tend show very few symptoms that are usually difficult to notice. For instance, during the encryption process your machine might start using elevated levels of RAM and/or CPU, but if you are on a more powerful PC and don’t have too much data stored on it. The process might take only a few minutes and the higher amount of system resources used might remain unnoticed. Still, if you happen to notice any odd PC behavior, it might be a good idea to check the Task Manger for any irregularities. If you suspect that your computer has been infected, make sure to quickly shut it down, disconnect it from everywhere and bring it to an experienced professional who will tell you if there’s anything wrong with the machine.
Regarding the payment
A question that we get asked a lot when it comes to Ransomware is whether it won’t simply be a much easier way out if one pays the demanded money and be over with it. Well, it really depends. You see, you might send the demanded money and get the key but this isn’t something that you can take for granted. There are no guarantees when it comes to Ransomware. There are a lot of users who have made the decision to pay the ransom only to eventually realize that no decryption key would get send to them. And if this happens to you, know that your money would be gone for good. Hackers who use Ransomware make sure that there is little to no chance that anyone would be able to trace them down once the money gets paid. This is also the reason why most ransom transactions are required in the BitCoin currency which is pretty much untraceable. Another variant called arena ransomware even promotes a reward if you help it infect other computers.
With all that said, we would advise you to think twice before deciding whether or not to make such a risky money transfer as you could never know if you’d actually get the access to your files in return for the money that you’ve sent. Because of this, we also advise you to first try any alternative method for handling Bad Rabbit Ransomware. For example, once you finish reading here, go down to our removal guide and follow its steps that might help you get rid of the virus and maybe even unlock any sealed data. Sadly, we cannot guarantee that the instructions we offer would always be effective for each instance of a Ransomware attack but it would certainly be worth the try.
Make sure to keep your PC safe!
Obviously, Ransomware infections are rather difficult to deal with. Then how can one overcome such a challenge? Well, the answer is that it is best if you don’t have to. While there are methods out there that could help you remove the infection and regain the access to your files, it is always much better to simply avoid getting your PC attacked by such a virus in the first place. Therefore, never forget to keep your system safe and secure.
- Most of the time, Ransomware infections get distributed via spam messages/e-mails or shady and unreliable websites. Be very careful with what you do on the Internet – what sites you visit, what links you click on, what you download. Being mindful of your online activities is essential if you want to avoid landing a Ransomware or some other form of malicious virus.
- Also, you need to have a high-quality antivirus and maybe a dedicated anti-malware tool for web and browser protection. Those might fail to stop an actual Ransomware but they could still offer you high levels of protection against other malware that might be used to distribute Ransomware. For example, Trojan Horses are commonly used as backdoor for Ransomware and a good antivirus can keep you protected from those.
- Lastly, do not forget to backup any valuable files that you might have stored on your PC’s Hard Drive. You can use a cloud service, a flash drive or an external HDD if you have a lot of data that needs to be backed-up. Just make sure that anything important has been copied and saved on a separate location that isn’t connected to your PC. Also, do not connect any external devices that you use for backup if you suspect that your machine might be infected or you might risk getting the device infected as well.
Remove Bad Rabbit Ransomware 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.
You can find a list with the most common malicious processes in the link here. (Opens in new window)
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 here.