.Werd is a PC infection categorized as Ransomware. Viruses like .Werd use encryption to restrict access to the user’s files, and then demand a ransom for setting the files free.
The presence of a Ransomware virus like .Werd, .Reco or .Leto in your computer is bound to result in the encryption of most (if not all) of your personal data files. This could be especially problematic for people who use their computer in their job, or for their education. Also, if you have some any files that hold sentimental value for you (e.g. photos, videos, audio file, etc.) they too would get locked by the malware, and you would lose your access to them. Of course, the purpose of all this is to extort money from you – the hackers want you to pay them, or they would not release your files, ever. According to a message that the Ransomware would spawn on your screen once the encryption process is over, you will be granted a key that will restore your access to the files once you make the demanded ransom payment.
The .Werd virus
The .Werd virus is a form of computer malware known as Ransomware. The target of the .Werd virus is the user’s files – the malicious program locks them and keeps them that way until the victim pays a ransom.
A lot of desperate and frustrated users may actually fall for this, and give in to the demands of the criminals that are blackmailing them. However, you must realize that paying the ransom and getting your files restored are two different things. Sending your money may or may not result in the setting free of your data, which is something that many people don’t stop to consider. After all, the people behind .Werd and other threats of the same or similar caliber are criminals, and their only concern is getting their victims’ money. Whether or not the victims get to restore their files isn’t of any particular importance to the hackers behind Ransomware threats. Of course, if they never send the key no one would be willing to pay the ransom, which is why there are still quite a lot of cases where they keep their promises. However, there are just as many instances where no key is received by the victim after the latter has made the payment. Because of this, most experts advise to opt for other solutions, and to leave the payment as a last resort course of action if nothing else yields any results, and if you are willing to lose a considerable amount of money
The .Werd file encryption
The .Werd file encryption is a special method that this Ransomware uses in order to prevent you from opening your files. The decryption key for the .Werd file encryption is only available on the hacker’s server.
With a Ransomware in your system, one of your main concerns should be to eradicate the threat. You can do this with the help of the guide you will find on the current page – the instructions, and the anti-malware tool recommended in it should be enough to allow you to make .Werd go away. However, note that this won’t automatically result in the release of the files – to try to bring some of your data back, you will need to carry out some additional steps. We have included several file-recovery methods in the second part of the guide that can serve as a free alternative to the ransom payment, but we cannot guarantee their effectiveness for every single case of a Ransomware infection. You will need to try and see for yourself how effective they would be in your instance. However, we must once again remind you to first go through the removal of the virus and only then try to recover the encrypted data so as to avoid a second encryption of the files you potentially recover.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Most Ransomware threats lack symptoms, and don’t get noticed until the ransom note gets displayed.|
|Distribution Method||Malicious ads, spam letters, and Trojan viruses are the most common distribution channels for Ransomware.|
Remove .Werd 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: IP related to .Werd
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 .Werd.
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 .Werd , 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 – .Werd
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 .Werd 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: .Werd Decryption
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the .Werd 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.