If you wish to ensure the safety of your personal files that are currently stored on your machine, be sure to read the following article. The next few paragraphs will be aimed at providing you with some important information concerning a new Ransomware virus that has been released under the name of ThunderCrypt Virus. Most viruses of this type use a file protection method known as encryption on your files, which effectively locks them and keeps the inaccessible for you. Once the data has been encrypted, you receive an automatic message from the virus itself. This message tells you that if you want to be able to open your files once again, you will need to send a certain amount of money to the hacker who has attacked your machine. If this has already happened to you, we might be able to help you deal with the nasty Ransomware and potentially restore your files without paying anything. There is a removal guide below that contains the instructions that you’d need to follow. However, we must inform you that the success of the methods we are going to give you in the guide might vary depending on your situation, so keep that in mind. There are just no guarantees when it comes to Ransomware.
More about the encryption
As we said above, the usual technique used to lock your files is known as encryption. This method is commonly used for file protection and is actually not inherently dangerous – many legit programs use it to provide their files with some extra defense and security. The problem comes from the way it is used by ThunderCrypt Virus. A major issue with the Ransomware type is that it often cannot be detected by antivirus software. The reason for that is the fact that encryption processes are not seen as threats by a lot of security programs. Lately, some security software developers have started implementing certain anti-Ransomware features, but there’s still a lot to be done in that direction. Therefore, if you solely count on the protection of your antivirus software, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise.
It’s possible to spot the encryption process
For the encryption to be completed, the targeted files must be copied and the original ones deleted. The copy that has been made is actually the final result of the process – it is identical to the original, except for one main difference – it is encrypted and thus inaccessible without a special key. However, on a larger scale, this process can actually be noticed by several typical symptoms. The following indications can help you manually spot a Ransomware attack and possibly intercept it before it’s too late. The signs of an encryption process are increased CPU and virtual memory usage (in other words, CPU and RAM spikes) and decreased free hard drive space that is required for the copies. We won’t lie to you – it is very difficult to detect the ThunderCrypt Virus attack manually, but it is still possible and if you are vigilant enough and pay close attention to your machine’s behavior, you might just be able to prevent the virus from encrypting all your files. If you think that your computer has been attacked by the nasty virus, quickly shut down the PC and disconnect it from everything. After you do that, call a specialist and bring your computer to them.
We advise against paying the ransom!
It is a very bad idea to go for that even if there seems to be no other way. There is no guarantee that the money you send will not be utterly wasted. The hacker might or might not send you the encryption key. After all, you are dealing with an anonymous criminal. The only thing you’re certainly going to achieve if you make the money transfer would be to encourage the cyber-criminal to do the same thing over and over again and blackmail more users via the noxious ThunderCrypt Virus virus. We advise you to look for another way out of this. Our ThunderCrypt Virus removal guide is a good way to start. It will cost you nothing and is much safer and more secure option.
Your machine deserves the best protection possible, especially if you tend to store a lot of valuable data on it. Here are a couple of methods and tips to help you improve the security levels of your system against malicious viruses such as ThunderCrypt Virus.
- Never leave your machine without a good antivirus program that has its latest updates. Even if it might fail detecting a Ransomware, it could stop other viruses called backdoor malware which is a very common method of infecting computers with ThunderCrypt Virus.
- If you notice some strange file with unknown origin on your machine, do not open it and if you cannot be sure whether it’s safe, you might as well delete it.
- Being safe while surfing the Internet is very important and essential to fending off malicious software. Be very careful with what sites you visit and what download sources you use. Also, be extremely cautious with shady-looking e-mails and other text messages. If they contain some sketchy link or a file attachment and you do not know if they are safe, be sure to directly delete them.
- Use different backup methods. Usually, even backing up all your personal data on a single flash drive would greatly help in the case of a Ransomware attack but we advise you to have several different backup locations just in case.
ThunderCrypt Virus Virus Removal
Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.
=> Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.
If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!
Ask for additional help in the comments.
Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.
Navigate to Processes.
Locate any suspicious processes associated with ThunderCrypt Virus Virus. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.
=> Search => Type:
Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.
Get Your Files Back!
The only way you can do that is by backpedaling to a moment when you were not infected. You can achieve this in one of two ways:
- System Restore.=> Search field => Type System Restore => Enter.
Choose a Restore Point.
Click Next until the process has been completed.
- Google and Download a Program called ShadowExplorer. Install and open it => Choose the Drive letter (C:, D:, F:, etc.) and date you want to restore information from => Right click on the files you want restored => Export.
If you run into any trouble – ask us for help in the comments section!