Infected with WannaCry Ransomware? Need to decrypt your files?
What is WannaCry Ransomware
WannaCry Ransomware new dangerous encrypting virus, that targets sensitive user files like documents, photos, videos, music and infected more then 250000 machines worldwide. After encryption malware shows window called Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 with following message:
Your important files are encrypted.
Many of your documents, photos, videos, databases and other files are no longer accessible because they have been encrypted. Maybe you are busy looking for a way to recover your files, but do not waste your time. Nobody can recover your files without our decryption service.
And demands $300 for decryption. Unfortunately, currently there are no way to restore your files, but there is no point to pay the ransom either, as malefactors never send the key. Threat developers earned more the $50000 in a few days since several hundreds of users paid the demanded amount. There is no information whether they received decryption service or not. If you are using online or offline backups then you need to remove WannaCry ransomware and restore your files, otherwise read instruction below.
How WannaCry Ransomware infected your PC
This ransomware was hugely distributed on May 12th 2017 using a alleged NSA vulnerability called EternalBlue. Ransom is asked to be paid in BitCoins, that also makes the task difficult for the police, as user in this network are often anonymous. Encryption starts in the background. Way to protect your computer from such threats is to use antiviruses with crypto-protection like HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard.
First of all don’t panic. Follow these easy steps below.
1. Start your computer in Safe Mode with networking. To do that, restart your computer, before your system starts hit F8 several times. This will stop system from loading and will show Advanced boot options screen. Choose Safe mode with networking option from the options list using up and down arrows on your keyboard and hit Enter.
2. Log in to the system infected with the WannaCry Ransomware virus. Launch your Internet browser and download a reliable anti-malware program and start a full system scan. Once the scan is complete, review scan results and remove all entries detected.
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Step 2: Remove following files and folders of WannaCry Ransomware:
Remove following registry entries:
Remove following files:
How to decrypt files infected by WannaCry Ransomware?
Use automated decryption tools
There is ransomware decryptor from Kaspersky that can decrypt WannaCry files. It is free and may help you restore files encrypted by WannaCry Ransomware virus. Download it here:
You can also try to use manual methods to restore and decrypt your files.
Decrypt files manually
Restore the system using System Restore
Although, latest versions of WannaCry Ransomware remove system restore files, this method may help you to partially restore your files. Give it a try and use standard System Restore to revive your data.
- Initiate the search for ‘system restore‘
- Click on the result
- Choose the date before the infection appearance
- Follow the on-screen instructions
Roll the files back to the previous version
Previous versions can be copies of files and folders created by Windows Backup (if it is active) or copies of files and folders created by System Restore. You can use this feature to restore files and folders that you accidentally modified or deleted, or that were damaged (in our case – WannaCry Ransomware by WannaCry Ransomware). This feature is available in Windows 7 and later versions.
- Right-click the file and choose Properties
- Open the Previous Version tab
- Select the latest version and click Copy
- Click Restore
Restore .WNCRY files using shadow copies
- Download and run Shadow Explorer.
- Select the drive and folder where your files are located and date that you want to restore them from.
- Right-click on folder you want to restore and select Export.
- Once the scanning process is done, click Recover to restore your files.
Protect your computer from ransomware
Most modern antiviruses can protect your PC from ransomware and crypto-trojans, but thousands of people still get infected. There are several programs that use different approach t protect from ransomware and lockers. One of the best is HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard. You may already know HitmanPro as famous cloud-based anti-malware scanner. Check out ultimate active protection software from SurfRight.
Information provided by: Alexey Abalmasov