Work Ransomware : A New Variant of CryptoMix Ransomware
Recently, team of malware researchers has been observed a new variant of the Cryptomix Ransomware dubbed as Work Ransomware. The name of this ransomware is provided due to an obvious reason. It added '.WORK' file extension to the end of infected files to encrypt them and all crypto emails related with this infection is featured with 'Work' word. While, all features of this ransomware is similar to the Cryptomix ransomware but it is still a new variant.
Distribution Methods of Work Ransomware
Since, Work Ransomware is a new version of ransomware, thus there is no too much detail available regarding it's infiltration method. However, if we look at it's previous version Cryptomix ransomware, it is easy to guess that it is mainly spread as a malicious attachment to spam emails. Malspam is really one of the most common distribution method to infect ransomware infection. In this method hackers simply send the millions of spam emails to the random System users and trick them to open files or attachment. Therefore, number of problem started after opening the spam messages or click on attachment. Thus, you should never open any attachment that were sent to your inbox from unknown person or unverified source.
Malicious Doing of Work Ransomware
Aftermath of Work Ransomware infection, it will scan your PC for locating your personal files and lock them using strong cryptography algorithm. Once your files locked with '.WORK' file extension, you will be not able to access them. On performing encryption procedure, it displays a new text file on desktop screen entitled as "HELP_INSTRUCTION.TXT" that contains the typical ransom note. In ransom note hackers mentioned 5 email addresses and urge user to contact with the cyber hackers. After encryption, each system is assigned with the unique ID that used to generate the file decryption key and identify the Systems. In ransom note, its creators also mentioned to pay ransom fee in BTC in exchange of the file decryption key.
File Decrypting Tips of Work Ransomware
Even the size of ransom fee in unknown but security analysts not recommended to contact with hackers. Ransom note is juts only a tricky thing to trick more and more System users. There are no any assurances provided by anybody that your files will be decrypted even paying the ransom fee. Rather than paying money or contacting with hackers, you should take an immediate action regarding the deletion of Work Ransomware.
What To Do If Your PC Get Infected By Work Ransomware
The ransomware infection has been mainly designed with the purpose to scare users and trick their money. It take your files on hostage and demand ransom to return your important data. But now the question is what you can do when your system got infected by Work Ransomware virus? Here are some option that you can use to get rid of this nasty infection.
Don’t Panic – Well the first thing is Don’t panic and then completely check out your system for any working files. If you got any working files then copy it to USB drive.
Pay Ransom – Other option is you can pay the ransom and wait to get your files back. (really a bad option)
Use Backup – Clean you entire system files, remove the infection completely from your PC and restore your files with any backup.
Remove Infection – You can also delete Work Ransomware virus using malware removal tool and remove all the infected files. You can later recover all your data by using any data recovery tool. (In case you don’t have backup of your files.) – Recommended Method.
Reinstall Windows – The last option is reinstall your Windows OS. It will completely remove all your data as well as infection. You will get a completely new infection free PC.
How To Remove Work Ransomware Virus From Your PC
Step 1 – Boot your computer in Safe mode.
Step 2 – Remove the infected registry entry files.
- Click Windows Flag and R button together.
- Type “regedit” and click OK button
- Find and delete following entries.
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain “Default_Page_URL”
Step 3 – Remove From msconfig
- Click Windows + R buttons simultaneously.
- Type msconfig and press Enter
- Go to Startup tab and uncheck all entries from unknown manufacturer.
Step 4 – Restart your computer normally.
Check your computer now. If the virus has gone then you can start using your computer. If the infection still remains then head to the next step.
Step 5 – System Restore
- Insert Windows installation disk to CD drive and restart your PC.
- While system startup, keep pressing F8 or F12 key to get boot options.
- Now select the boot from CD drive option to start your computer.
- Then after you will get the System Recovery Option on your screen.
- Select the System Restore option from the list.
- Choose a nearest system restore point when your PC was not infected.
- Now follow the option on your screen to Restore your computer.
If the above manual methods didn’t removed Work Ransomware virus then you have only option to remove infection using a malware removal tool. It is last and the only option that can easily and safely remove this nasty threat from your computer.
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