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This page aims to help you remove JungleSec Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any JungleSec file can be recovered. JungleSec is...

This page aims to help you remove JungleSec Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any JungleSec file can be recovered.

JungleSec is a new Ransomware infection which usually sneaks inside the users’ computers in a very stealthy way. The criminal hackers behind the infection spread it mostly with the help of massive email spam campaigns as well as through malicious and fake ads, misleading links and illegal websites. They rely on the users’ curiosity and desire to click on the harmless-looking malware carrier so that they would get infected without knowing it. Trojans are also used to deliver this Ransomware inside already compromised computers and that’s why it is very important that you keep your system well protected and invest in a reliable anti-malware program which can inform you about any potential hidden threats. Otherwise, you may not even know that you have been contaminated until you face the harmful consequences of the attack.

A sophisticated cryptovirus such as JungleSec, for instance, could encrypt your most valuable files secretly and request that you pay a ransom in order to decrypt them. This is a simple blackmailing scheme which relies on your desperation to access your data. A scary ransom-demanding message is usually generated on your screen once the secret encryption process is completed and all files that the malware has targeted are now locked. There, the crooks who control the nasty Ransomware offer to send you a special decryption key if you pay the required ransom. In case that your computer has recently been compromised by JungleSec, then what is probably most important to you in this case is to find a way to remove the infection and access your encrypted data. Generally, you should know that there is no universal method which can guarantee a full recovery. In the next paragraph, however, we have prepared a special removal guide entirely dedicated to the effective deletion of JungleSec and there we have also added some suggestions on how to restore some of your files without paying any ransom money to the hackers behind the malware attack. It is definitely a good idea to check them out before you even consider opting for the “solution” that the criminals offer you.

Remove JungleSec Ransomware

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. 

hosts_opt (1)

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 Temp linked to JungleSec RansomwareAbout 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 JungleSec 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.

What can be done when the encryption has taken place?

When a Ransomware cryptovirus such as JungleSec takes hostage your data, you basically have two main available courses of action. The first one is to submit to the ransom demands of the hackers and to hope that they will send you the decryption key that they promised you. The other is to remove the infection and try to recover your data through other means. Now, both options hide their risks and it is up to you to decide what is best in your specific case. Keep in mind, though, that paying the ransom does not guarantee that you will really receive a decryption key because the hackers may simply disappear with the money and “forget” about sending you anything. If you are lucky enough to really receive such a key, there is also no guarantee that it will work and will effectively release your files from the secret encryption. In both of the cases, however, your money will be invariably lost. That’s why we suggest you first give a try to the solutions that we have listed in the guide above and try to deal with the infection with their help.

SUMMARY:

NameJungleSec
TypeRansomware
Danger Level High (JungleSec Ransomware encrypts all types of files)
SymptomsJungleSec 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 From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.

Daniel Sadakov

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.

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