One of the most dangerous viruses you might come across online what researchers call Ransomware as this malware type represents a highly harmful virus threat. .Charck is a file-encrypting Ransomware and the article below describes all its characteristics and qualities, the most disturbing of which are its ability to encrypt files that are important to the user and to demand a ransom in exchange for it.
Ransomware is perhaps the most bothering threat you might come across on the Internet:
Various cyber threats might come from various sources while you are surfing the web. However, there is hardly any other malware more disturbing than Ransomware, especially the file-encoding cryptovirus type.
First of all, you should know that there could be different types of ransom-requiring malware and here we will list a couple of them:
- Screen-locking Ransomware (both computer and mobile-device targeting) – such viruses demand ransom for unblocking the screen of your device, which they tend to lock up. They do not encrypt files and do not put any data in danger. Still, they are quite unpleasant and you don’t want to catch such a virus.
- The data-encoding Ransomware that .Charck belongs to – such malicious programs are truly hazardous as they sneak into your system; then determine which files you will probably miss the most and encrypt all of them with a complex two-part key. The removal of such viruses could be incredibly difficult. Also, in case you decide to pay off the demanded ransom, you can never be sure whether the hackers will give you the access to your encrypted data back. Everything is a matter of a risk when it comes to this malware version.
- Leakware is a unique and a less common type of malware used for blackmailing people by threatening that the personal and sensitive files and documents on their PC would be made publicly available on the Internet unless the demanded ransom is paid within the provided time window.
Where and how is it likely to get .Charck Ransomware?
This kind of malware is quite widely spread and the potential victim users may catch it from various online locations and web sources. Although we cannot list all of the possible ones, we have gathered the most common distribution methods below. Check the following list for more information:
- Fake advertisements that you see popping up while surfing the Internet – Sometimes some banners and pop-ups you might come across on the web could contain Ransomware. Unfortunately, there is often no way we can determine which ads exactly lead to viruses and which ones do not. As a result, the proper piece of advice here is to stay away from them all. Do not open them or click on them unless you are perfectly sure that they are legitimate. Stay safe.
- Fake update notifications and requests that look like genuine OS ones – Sometimes you might receive update requests that do not come from your operating system. On the contrary, they might come from viruses. It is recommended that you check for the necessary available updates manually. You shouldn’t trust the update alerts coming from random websites as they might be malicious.
- Infected letters and email attachments – In this case the Ransomware you might catch could be bundled with a Trojan horse virus. Hackers might do that to ensure the entrance of the Ransomware into your PC. Most of the Trojans could be programmed to let another virus inside anyone’s system. Also, this possibility is very alarming because even the attachments inside your email may contain this malicious combination, no matter whether they represent archives, documents or images. As soon as you open a contaminated letter or an attachment, your machine may become a victim of .Charck.
- Some of the other likely sources may be the websites that distribute torrents, videos, free software or any website that is illegal – such online locations often contain malware.
What to do in case .Charck has already attacked your PC and you:
Sadly enough, there is no correct answer to this question. Bear in mind just one thing – never pay the ransom unless this is the only thing you haven’t done to try to save your files. Try all the other options – consulting an expert; installing special software; reinstalling your OS. Simply do not venture into surrendering to the hackers too quickly as this could motivate them to harass many more people in the same way they have pressured you into making the payment.
What is more, sometimes, no matter what you do, your data might still remain locked. File decryption might not always be possible as .Charck is one of the latest and likely one of the most advanced Ransomware versions. We recommend that you use our guide below to at least try to get rid of the infection and, if you are lucky, decrypt your data. Maybe it will work in your case.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.|
|Distribution Method||From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.|
Remove .Charck 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: IP related to .Charck
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 .Charck.
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 as there could be a link between them and .Charck , 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 – .Charck
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 .Charck 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.
7: .Charck Decryption
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the .Charck 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.