This page aims to help you remove .Promoz Virus Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Promoz file can be recovered.
Ransomware programs are, without a doubt, among the greatest threats that you can find on the Internet today. They are extremely stealthy and use unremovable banners and complex encryption algorithms to lock the infected devices or the files, kept on them. Unfortunately, the security experts are still a couple of steps behind the cyber criminals who are developing this type of malware in the sense that we currently have no 100% Ransomware proof solution, which can work in all cases of infection, especially when talking about the infamous cryptoviruses. However, this is not a reason to lose hope and get panicked. In this article, we are reviewing a specific Ransomware cryptovirus called .Promoz and we will provide instructions on how to remove it and how to hopefully restore some of the files that it has encrypted.
How does .Promoz Virus File Ransomware operate and what can you do about it?
Once in your system, .Promoz immediately begins to scan your computer for the presence of certain files. Such cryptoviruses seek to place its encryption on documents, images, audios, video files, archives, backups and, in some cases, even system files. The purpose of this action is to prevent the victims from accessing their personal data and then blackmail them to pay a ransom for the liberation of the sealed data files. As soon as the secret encryption process ends, the Ransomware generates a ransom-demanding message which appears on the screen and asks for a certain amount of money to be paid within a given deadline. In addition, the message also provides instructions on exactly how the money ought to be paid and there may also be some threats such as, for instance, that if the money isn’t paid on time, the decryption key would never get send to the victim. This is done in order to scare the victims and prevent them from seeking a rational approach to the problem.
If your files have been encrypted by .Promoz, it is very important to not panic and to refrain from giving money to the hackers. The reason is, the payment of the ransom does not guarantee that you will actually receive anything that would allow you to get your files back. In fact, the crooks may trick you by sending you another malware which may further damage your system, instead of giving you a working decryption key. Moreover, paying them can only sponsor their blackmailing schemes and criminal agendas. Therefore, instead of spending your hard earned money, we suggest that you try some alternative methods of dealing with .Promoz that are available to you and only in case of total failure rely on the goodwill of the hackers.
The first step we suggest you complete is the removal of the Ransomware from the system because the active infection can make your computer useless by constantly encrypting every new file that you create or the data on any external device that you connect. In the removal guide above, you will find detailed instructions about the removal process as well as a helpful automatic removal tool for professional assistance. There, you will also find instructions focused on recovering files from your system. However, as we stated in the beginning, we cannot promise that the given instructions will work in absolutely every case of infection with .Promoz. Still, it’s still a good idea to try completing them as this may return some of your data without you having to pay the hackers.
|Danger Level||High (.Promoz Ransomware encrypts all types of files)|
|Symptoms||.Promoz 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 .Promoz Virus File 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 .Promoz 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 .Promoz 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.