Throughout the passages below we are going answer the following frequently asked and really important questions:
What kind of a program is .Pulsar1 Ransomware exactly? ; In what manners may it get distributed? ; What could the possible negative effects of such a software be in general?
Moreover, we will explain in detail the possible ways to cope with such versions of file-encrypting Ransomware in our Removal Guide, which is attached below.
Traits of a program such as .Pulsar1 Ransomware:
Professionals identify .Pulsar1 as a program that belongs to one of the nastiest forms of malware – the infamous Ransomware type of viruses. Although this malware has several subcategories, the most popular and common one is the file-encrypting Ransomware subgroup. The virus we are talking about throughout this article – .Pulsar1, is a member of this subcategory.
What this means is that all of your files stored on your drives could be in real danger if this virus has attacked your PC since the viruses from this malicious family can block the access to most files on the infected machine. After that – you may receive a threatening alert, which is there to inform you about this terrifying infection.
Some general facts about all the Ransomware subtypes:
- The mentioned above data-encrypting Ransomware: this malware family’s members might be used for data-blocking and ransom harassment. Maybe this is the most terrible kind of Ransomware you might ever get to know and catch while on the Internet.;
- Ransomware used for infecting mobile devices: no matter what kind of a portable device you own – a tablet, a smartphone or a phablet. However, in such case, no data may get locked-up; just your screen may get blocked instead. Indeed, the ransom-demanding notification after that is again broadcast on the entire screen. Thus, you are rendered unable to access any icon or shortcut there. That’s perhaps why the hackers may want you to pay a certain ransom – for getting rid of the suspicious pop-up covering your entire screen.
- The desktop of your PC may also get affected by Ransomware in a similar way. The manner of action is pretty much the same as no files are really compromised. You are simply prevented from accessing them by the very notification shown on the desktop. After that you may be asked to pay so as to remove this nasty alert.
Is there anything that is really effective in the struggle against .Pulsar1 Virus (and Ransomware in general)?
Sadly, there is no app and no removal tips that are really 100% efficient when it comes to encrypted files and Ransomware-caused contamination. One important prevention tip that we can give you is to copy your important data and store the corresponding copies on independent storages. That way with the help of as simple a technique as backing up, you are very likely to considerably minimize the risks of getting blackmailed into paying any ransoms.
Moreover, we would like to advise you to restraint from paying the demanded ransom if your data has already been locked-up since there is really no point in giving your money to the hackers as soon as they request it. Do not just willingly finance the online terrorists behind .Pulsar1.
Make sure that you give a go to everything else in an attempt to remove the infection. Only after doing everything possible, you should consider transferring the ransom payment. Furthermore, no one and nothing can ever guarantee you the decryption of your files even in case the hackers receive your money.
Some of the things which may work in your case are mentioned here:
- The purchase of specialized software designed for coping with .Pulsar1 Virus. Nonetheless, the success of this is never guaranteed, either.;
- Trying our Ransomware Removal Guide right below this article. We can’t promise that your files will be saved and that the infection will be cured. However, it is worth giving these instructions a go.;
Some more useful advice on cyber-safety:
What else may be done apart from backing up your data is to always stay away from the possible sources of this malware. You need to always avoid:
- All the web messages you have not expected which may be coming from unknown senders and that look like they could be a form of spam;
- Any online pop-up on your screen that looks suspicious;
- Questionable online advertisements in any form – pop-ups, banners and others:
- Each pop-up ad you notice while surfing the Internet might be contagious. As it is indeed hard to really see the difference between the dangerous ones and the ones that are NOT leading to viruses, you might as well ignore them all (unless they are coming from your OS).
|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 .Pulsar1 Virus 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: IP related to .Pulsar1
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 .Pulsar1.
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 as there could be a link between them and .Pulsar1 , 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 – .Pulsar1
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 .Pulsar1 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.
7: .Pulsar1 Decryption
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the .Pulsar1 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.