This page aims to help you remove Jokeroo Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any Jokeroo file can be recovered.
One of the worst problems that you may face if you don’t have proper computer security is to land a Ransomware cryptovirus like Jokeroo. This recently released infection is an advanced tool used for blackmailing, which the hackers use to extort money from their victims by secretly encrypting the personal files that they store on the infected computer and asking them to pay a ransom for their decryption. The crooks typically display a ransom-demanding message immediately after the Ransomware has locked all the targeted files. They insist on a quick payment and promise to send a special decryption key for the liberation of the sealed files once the money enters their cryptocurrency wallet. However, in reality, the crooks don’t really care about whether the victims will regain access to their data or not. They oftentimes tend to disappear when they get what they want and leave the users without any decryption keys or file-recovery solutions. Because of this, we usually advise our readers to avoid the ransom payment and to seek other alternatives which can help them deal with the infection. One of the possible alternatives is the removal guide that our readers can find below. It contains a set of instructions on how to detect and safely remove Jokeroo from the computer as well as some free file-recovery suggestions, which may help you regain access to some of your files. Giving a try to the steps won’t cost you anything and is way better than risking your money for a decryption key that you may never receive. However, you should understand that dealing with Ransomware viruses is oftentimes very challenging and even the best removal and recovery methods may not be enough to counteract its complex encryption. That’s why, as much as we want to, we can’t promise you that after completing the suggested steps in the guide everything will be back to normal. Still, we encourage you to try them before you consider the option that involves paying the crooks.
The Ransomware infections are popular tools for online blackmailing and the hackers behind them use many distribution methods in order to infect as many users as possible. Threats like Jokeroo, for instance, may get delivered to you via compromised emails, infected links and attachments as well as through the use of pirated software, low-quality downloads or misleading ads and offers that you may accidentally click on. Trojans are also a very effective transmitter of various infections including Ransomware and Spyware. Therefore, you should make sure that you stay away from such threats as much as possible. Stick to reliable web locations while browsing the Internet and avoid interaction with sketchy ads, shady email messages from unknown senders or with software installers that come from unreliable or unfamiliar developers. Do not neglect the importance of having a good security program inside your system but also make sure you backup all the valuable files that you store on your computer. This way you can always access them and restore them back to the system once you remove the infection.
|Danger Level||High (Jokeroo Ransomware encrypts all types of files)|
|Symptoms||Jokeroo 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, Ransomwares get distributed through spam e-mails and social network messages, malicious ads, shady and pirated downloads, questionable torrents and other similar methods.|
Remove Jokeroo Ransomware
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.
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 Jokeroo 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 Jokeroo 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.