A ransomware pretending to be very scary, has been reported by malware researchers Computer to be completely harmless and solely block access to various windows processes and applications. Anyone who has been infected by this virus should not be scared and not pay any ransom to the cyber-criminals behind Smash!, since this low-quality virus may either be a test virus, malware that is sometimes being released to see if the infection works successfully, or a low-quality malware by script-kiddies. We also advise you to read our article on smash to futher learn about the virus and remove it completely.
|Short Description||The virus displays threatening messages to delete your files until you pay, but simply blocks key programs from running and does not delete anything.|
|Symptoms||Pop-ups with messages and a pop-up with a picture of the mushroom from the retro video game Super Mario Bros, holding what appears to be a knife.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executables|
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Smash! Ransomware – More Information
In order to infect users the Smash! Virus may use a variety of tactics since the crooks behind it may spread it via URLs or malicious files. This means that they may spam web links of the virus on social media on various websites that support third-party linking, like Reddit, Quora, Disqus, etc. If infections are via malicious files, the hackers may have used massive e-mail spam that sends a fake message, replicating a legitimate one, like a fake receipt, invoice or any other social engineering techniques.
Infection and Post-Infection Activity
The infection by this ransomware variant may be caused directly via the malicious executable In case it is spread in torrent websites or others or in case it has an obfuscator and the user is inexperienced enough to open it.
Whatever the case may be, once an infection has been performed, this particular malware is directly executed and begins injecting it’s malicious scripts into most legitimate Windows processes, such as:
From there, Smash! Virus activates and begins displaying pop-up messages connected together methodologically. The messages in them are the following:
Then, hilariously enough, the malware displays a mushroom that is holding a knife out of nowhere and along with it a kill timer that threatens to delete all of the user’s files.
There is no code that can unlock the files, because in the source code of the virus, there has not been any input codes for unlocking it, meaning it is not completely developed.
What is more to it than that is when you tru to open any administrative components of Windows that should help you remove the Smash! Virus, it displays a pop-up saying the following:
Smash! Virus – What Actions Should You Take
In case you have detected the Smash! Virus on your computer introducing itself, make sure to simply restart your computer and then follow the instructions below to remove it. It Is not complicated to delete this rather harmless virus, but to do it permanently, we advise the use of an anti-malware program which will detect all of it’s associated files and permanently remove them.
Manually delete Smash! from your computer
Note! Substantial notification about the Smash! threat: Manual removal of Smash! requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.