This page aims to help you remove .Udjvu Virus Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Udjvu file can be recovered.
If you have important data on your computer that has recently become inaccessible and if you have been notified by an intimidating note on your desktop that you must pay a certain amount of ransom money to get the access to your files restored, then know that the most probable culprit of all this is a malicious malware threat known as .Udjvu. Here, we will tell you all that you may need to know about this type of insidious malware programs and we will try to help you clean your PC and potentially get some of your files restored without paying anything to the hackers who are trying to harass you.
To lock your files, infections like .Udjvu use the file-encryption method – this is an otherwise harmless and actually quite useful software process which allows its user to securely lock most types of data files to that they cannot be accessed, used and modified by anyone who does not have the special decryption key which can unlock the files. However, once this is used by a Ransomware cryptovirus like .Udjvu, the whole process is turned against the targeted user since, once the targeted files get encrypted, the decryption key is only available to the hackers who control the infection. Of course, the hackers promise to “sell” you the said key if you pay them the money they demand of you. However, going for this course of action, despite maybe seeming like a good idea at the given time, is not advisable. You can’t know if you’d actually get the decryption key – the hackers may simply want to trick you and deceive you without really intending to enable you to regain access to your data. This is why, a more sensible option would be if you try to follow the removal instructions below to remove .Udjvu and them seek alternative methods to recover your data.
What you should know about data recovery
First and foremost, though our guide and the removal tool in it should be enough to clean your PC from the .Udjvu cryptovirus, this doesn’t mean that your data will get unlocked. To recover the files, you will need to try other methods after the malware is eliminated. In a separate section of our guide, we have prepared some recovery suggestions but we can’t promise that they’d always work. Remember that cryptoviruses like .Udjvu are some of the most advanced forms of malware and there aren’t any surefire methods of fully recovering all data after an attack from such a Ransomware. Still, it’s important that you clean your PC so that it’s safe for future use and also try all alternatives that do not involve paying the hackers so that you don’t needlessly risk your money. Also, remember to avoid shady sites and suspicious web content as well as to backup your important files from now on so that you don’t end up in a similar situation in the future.
|Danger Level||High (.Udjvu Ransomware encrypts all types of files)|
|Symptoms||There are hardly any visible symptoms when a Ransomware attacks – usually, the only thing that might get noticed is the increased use of system resources while the encryption process is underway.|
|Distribution Method||Malicious software downloads, misleading Internet requests and ads as well as various forms of spam and harmful social engineering are the typical methods of distributing this sort of malware.|
Remove .Udjvu 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.
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 .Udjvu 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 .Udjvu 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.