This page aims to help you remove .Blower Virus Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Blower file can be recovered.
.Blower is a nasty Ransomware cryptovirus which has been reported recently to our “How to remove” team. This new malware has been created with the sole purpose to encrypt a list of commonly used files such as documents, images, archives, videos, audios and other important data and to prevent the affected users from using these files. In order to do that, the infection silently sneaks inside the targeted computer and infiltrates all the data stored there. Then, .Blower Virus Ransomware applies a special and very complex file-encryption algorithm to all the files that match its list and changes their extension with a strange and unrecognizable one so that no software can open and use them. The ultimate goal of the Ransomware is to generate a ransom-demanding message on the victim’s screen, which asks for a ransom payment in exchange for the decryption of the sealed data. The crooks behind .Blower usually give a short deadline and offer to send a special decryption key if the victims send the required random payment.
How to remove .Blower File Virus Ransomware and deal with its encryption?
If you are on this page, we assume that you are looking for alternatives to the ransom payment and are probably considering options that can help you remove the malware and recover your files through other means. That’s why, in the next lines, we have prepared a special removal guide with manual instructions as well as a professional .Blower removal tool and some free suggestions on file-recovery. The most important thing that you should know when you are about to deal with malware form the Ransomware category is that there could be no guarantees about the restoration of the encrypted data no matter what course of action you decide to take. That being said, the removal of the malware itself is still essential if you want to continue to use your PC and to be able to safely create new files, to try some file-recovery methods or connect external backup devices.
The manual removal of .Blower should be performed very carefully and only if you are confident in your ability to complete the instructions exactly as they are described. The reason is, more often than not, the Ransomware may come along with another nasty infections such as Trojan Horses which can protect the malware from manual elimination and which may trick the users into deleting important system files instead of the data related to the actual malware. For this reason, we highly recommend that the victims of this cryptovirus run a full system scan with a reliable malware removal tool and use its assistance for the effective and complete elimination of the infection. After the successful deletion of .Blower, it should be safe for you to try some file-recovery methods. For instance, you can use backup copies or some of the suggestions in our removal guide. As much as we want to help you, however, we cannot tell you how much of data you will be able to restore. You can also try some third-party data recovery tools or check our list of free decryptors. Paying the ransom should be your last resort as it is usually the least advisable course of action because not only would you be sponsoring the agenda of some cyber criminals by agreeing to pay the ransom but you’d also have no guarantee that you’d actually get any data back once the money has been paid.
|Danger Level||High (.Blower Ransomware encrypts all types of files)|
|Symptoms||.Blower Ransomware is hard to detect and aside from increased use of RAM and CPU, there would barely be any other visible red flags.|
|Distribution Method||Most of the time, Trojans get distributed through spam e-mails and social network messages, malicious ads, shady and pirated downloads, questionable torrents and other similar methods.|
Remove .Blower File Virus Ransomware
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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.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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 linked to .Blower Ransomware. 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 .Blower 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 is a link to that guide.
Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.