This page aims to help you remove Promorad2 Virus Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Promorad2 file can be recovered.
Promorad2 is one of the latest Ransomware crypto viruses which has been reported to our “How to remove” team. Like most viruses of this type, this nasty threat is aimed at placing a complex encryption code to the victim’s personal files and then asking a ransom for their decryption. Most often, the infection is distributed via malicious advertisements, spam email campaigns, infected attachments, free software installers, torrents and other commonly encountered web content such as banners, pop-ups, ads and more. If an unsuspecting user clicks on the advertisement of a product or a service that they like and that ad turns out to be a fake one, they automatically get infected with the malware. Ransomware often uses the help of Trojans to sneak inside the system because the Trojans create security holes which can be easily exploited. The success of this malware basically lies on its stealthy methods of infection as well as on its ability to intimidate its victims. In very rare cases, the victims would manage to detect the Ransomware inside the system because, usually, there are no visible symptoms that can give it away while it is performing its secret file encryption. It is usually after the encryption that the victims get notified about what has happened to their most needed data and this typically happens via a scary ransom-demanding message on the screen.
Promorad2 normally asks for a certain amount of money to be paid to the hackers behind the malware in order to release the encrypted files from the code that is keeping them inaccessible. The crooks promise to send back a decryption key as soon as they receive the ransom payment. In the next lines, however, we will offer you an alternative to the ransom payment in the form of a removal guide which explains how to remove Promorad2 and what you can do to get your encrypted data back. We suggest you explore your options before giving money to anyone and make sure that you really remove the Ransomware from your computer.
Is paying the ransom a possible way out of this?
This question is complex and there is no universal answer to it. Like most Ransomware cryptoviruses, the attack of Promorad2 has very individual effects in each and every case and while in certain situations paying the ransom may be the only solution, there are cases where the alternative solutions may work better. The decision, of course, is yours, but we usually do not advise our readers give in to the demands of some anonymous cyber criminals and we have several good reasons for this.
Suppose you paid the amount you were required to pay. Where is the guarantee that the criminals will send you the promised key, which is necessary for the decryption of the files affected by the virus? You guessed it, there is no guarantee about anything. Moreover, even if they turn out to be “honest” and send the key, there is still a possibility that it may not work correctly and leave you with your data encrypted. Therefore, we believe that risking your money in this way isn’t a good idea. Having the Ransomware removed, however, is something that you need to do if you want to continue to use your computer without fearing that your files may get locked again. Therefore, we encourage you to clean your system from the nasty infection by using the suggested instructions above and maybe give a try to the file-recovery steps that are included in it.
|Danger Level||High (Promorad2 Ransomware encrypts all types of files)|
|Symptoms||Promorad2 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 Promorad2 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 Promorad2 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 Promorad2 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.