Ransomware Removal Process

September 20, 2018

At times, malware threats tend to leverage popularized subjects or mock certain phrases. The Ransomware threat is among a long list of ransomware that does just that as it claims that files are encrypted and to decrypt them the PC user must address an email to the address for setting up a ransom payment in cryptocurrency.

Computer users victimized by Ransomware will want to avoid making the ransom payment or sending an email to the provided address as instructed in the ransom notification. Paying the fee may be a big mistake as the creators of Ransomware may take the money and run without giving a promised decryption code.

Removal of Ransomware using an antimalware tool is the suggested solution to Ransomware. Though, restoring the files from a recent backup of the affected computer will be necessary to get the files back to their normal state.

Are you getting popups from Ransomware? Have you identified that you have Ransomware installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove Ransomware completely from your computer?

Why should you remove Ransomware?

If Ransomware resides on your computer, it can potentially damage your personal files or you may end up losing data stored on your system. Research has shown that Ransomware may have the ability to make your computer vulnerable to remote attacks which could result, initially, in loss of money, possibly identity theft, and, eventually, a painstaking Ransomware removal process.

How can you manually remove Ransomware

Manual removal of Ransomware may not be for everyone. Each manual Ransomware removal step must be followed delicately to completely remove all related files and registry entries from your computer. If you are unsure or have doubts about editing your system registry, then we recommend that you use the automatic Ransomware removal process. Ransomware can be removed manually by following the steps below.

  1. With all programs closed, click the Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
  2. Locate the Add/Remove Programs icon and double click it.
  3. Locate Ransomware in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find Ransomware, you can continue to step 5.
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Close all open programs and windows on your desktop.
  6. Open your registry editor (regedit) program by going to Start Menu, type in regedit, and click OK.
  7. Find all of the following registry entries and delete them. If you do not know how to do this, then you can read how to edit the registry in Windows.

  8. You may need to return to this removal process for removing Ransomware. You can do this easily by bookmarking or adding a favorite to this page by clicking here. If you are using the FireFox web browser you can press the keys Ctrl and D simultaneously to bookmark this page.

    Image 1. Bookmark PCHubs removal process


  9. Delete all of the following files that are associated with Ransomware from your computer.

    If you need a better understanding on how to search for these files then you can read how to find and search for files and folders here.

    If you have issues deleting any of the previously listed files that are associated with Ransomware, you can try rebooting your computer into safe mode. Booting into safe mode may allow certain malicious files to be deleted. If you are wondering how to boot into safe mode, you can read our process for starting a computer in safe mode here.

    Image 2. Select "Safe Mode with Networking"


  10. After locating and deleting the previous files you must remove all directories associated with Ransomware by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\ Ransomware folder, select it, and delete it. In some cases you may not be able to find this directory. You can still continue to the next step.

  11. Restart your computer. You do not need to boot into safe mode at this point. You should have removed Ransomware completely from your computer. If you find that Ransomware is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic Ransomware removal process.

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