One particularly nasty type of computer threats are the so-called Ransomware viruses. These dangerous software programs have gone through quite a lot of development in the past couple of years and nowadays, they represent some of the most dreadful online infections the cyber world has seen. Recently, the security experts have detected a newly developed representative, called .Promorad, which has very advanced file-encrypting abilities. This Ransomware usually sneaks inside the system secretly, bypassing most security programs, and asks its victims to pay a ransom if they want to release their files from the malicious encryption that has been applied to them. A number of online users have already fallen victims to this malware and some of them have contacted our “How to remove” team for help. That’s why, with this article, we strive to provide all people that are in need with helpful removal instructions as well as some more information about the harmful features of .Promorad. Below, you will find details on how this Ransomware can infect you, what preventive measures you can take to protect your PC and how to detect and remove the infection if it has already attacked you. We have included some file-restoration tips as well and although we cannot guarantee how effective they will be in each specific case, it doesn’t harm if you check them out and try to recover some of your data.
How can .Promorad lock your files and block you from accessing them?
Every piece of malware aims to cause you harm in one way or another. Ransomware, however, is somewhat different in that regard when compared to most other malware viruses types because it uses a generally non-harmful file-protection method such as the encryption to cause immense harm to its victims via its blackmailing scheme. .Promorad Ransomware is not any different and, as one of the latest representatives of this dreadful malware group, it uses a complex secret cryptography to convert all your personal files into completely unusable data. The infection normally sneaks inside the computer with the help of a Trojan horse or some other well-camouflaged malicious transmitter, which misleads the user and leads them to click on the harmful content.
Once inside, .Promorad Ransomware immediately starts a deep scan process, which determines which files on your PC belong to the most commonly used data formats. Typically, those are documents, images, worksheets, videos, audios, archives and potentially some important system files, which get converted one by one into an unreadable (and thus inaccessible) pieces of data. These files, once encrypted, cannot be opened or used with the help of any program, no matter what you try. If you want to convert them back to their normal state, you are prompted to pay a ransom to the hackers, who control the infection. They usually are ready to offer you a decryption key in exchange for a certain payment sum in Bitcoins or in some other cryptocurrency. A ransom-demanding notice gets displayed on the screen with instructions which some users supposed to follow so as to pay the requested money.
Expecting help from the hackers – not a good idea
The criminals, who stand behind Ransomware threats like .Promorad may often act as if they want to help you recover the data. They may gladly offer you to “purchase” a special decryption key from them, provide you with all the payment instructions and even let you test-decrypt one or two files. However, their intentions are still clear – the hackers are after your money and it is irrelevant for them if you actually get to restore the sealed files on your PC. They may even threaten you that there is no other way to recover your data if you don’t fulfill their ransom demands. The thing is that even if you strictly follow all of their instructions, you still cannot have any guarantee for the future of your files. The crooks may disappear with the money and never send you a decryption solution and there’s nothing you’d be able to do about it.
So, a much better alternative to suc course of action would be to remove the Ransomware and recover whatever is possible from backup sources or with the help of some file-restoration instructions like the ones below. A professional anti-malware software, such as the one available on this page, is another good way of getting rid of .Promorad without risk for your system. Alternatively, you can always contact a professional for assistance or use the manual instructions in the Removal Guide below.
|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 .Promorad 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 .Promorad 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 .Promorad 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.