In this article, you will find more information about .proden files virus as well as a step-by-step guide on how to remove malicious files from an infected system and how to potentially recover files encrypted by this ransomware.
If you cannot open your important files and they are all renamed with the extension .proden then your PC has been infected by a version of STOP ransomware. The threat is named after this extension and is called .proden files virus. At the end of the attack, you could see a ransom message that urges you to contact hackers for more details on a ransom payment process.
|Name||.proden Files Virus|
|Short Description||Created to encrypt valuable user files and then ask you to pay ransom for a decryption tool.|
|Symptoms||Important files are locked and renamed with .proden extension. A ransom note file demands a hefty ransom for files decryption.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss .proden Files Virus.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
.proden Files Virus – Distribution
Security researchers’ reports indicate that .proden ransomware is currently circling in active attack campaigns across the web. Attack campaigns could be set against users worldwide.
The most probable spread channel is malspam. Malspam is a technique that enables hackers to deliver their malicious code on users’ devices with the help of specially crafted emails. Such emails usually contain one or more of the following components:
- A link to compromised web page that is set to download and execute infection files directly on the PC. The URL address to this page may be presented in the form of an in-text link, banner, image, button or full URL address.
- A malicious file attachment that is presented as legitimate document by the text message. It could be uploaded in a .rar or .zip archive. Such a file could be set to evade active security measures and trick you into running the ransomware on your PC.
Other channels that may be part of the distribution strategy for .proden files virus are malvertising, freeware installers, corrupted web pages, fake software updates, compromised software setups, files shared on forums and other.
.proden Files Virus – Overview
Security researchers identified that the so-called threat .proden files virus belongs to the infamous ransomware family STOP. A wave of new iterations of this rasnowmare has recently emerged across the web. It seems that cyber criminals bet on different extensions like .promorad2, .pulsar1, and .kropun but keep the main threat pattern one and the same.
The infection with .proden files virus begins with the execution of its payload file on the system. This file is designed to initiate lots of malicious operations that led to the corruption of essential system settings.
Soon after the payload file of .proden files virus is executed on the machine, the ransomware connects to its Command and Control server to transfer certain details about the system and its specifics. As a response, the server could send additional malicious files on the device. These files disrupt system security and enable .proden ransomware to corrupt target files.
At the end of the attack the threat could automaticacybercriminalsially crafted ransom message to extort a ransom fee. However, please do remember that cyber criminals could always decide to scam you once again by sending you broken decrypter. So be advised to avoid paying them the ransom and attempt to restore files with the help of alternative recovery methods.
.proden Files Virus – Encryption Process
The main goal of this data locker ransomware is to reach data encryption stage. Only after it successfully complete this stage, it could blackmail victims into paying a ransom fee.
During this stage, .proden files virus activates a built-in module that scans the system for target files and applies changes to their original code. For these changes, the ransomware utilizes one or more sophisticated cipher algorithms like RSA and AES.
Soon after the encryption process ends, you could find all of the following types of files locked and renamed with the extension .proden
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
Remove .proden Files Virus (STOP Ransomware) and Attempt to Restore Data
The so-called .proden files virus is a threat with highly complex code designed to corrupt both system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your infected system in a secure manner again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, you could use our removal guide that reveals how to clean and secure your system step by step. In addition, in the guide, you will find several alternative data recovery approaches that may be helpful in attempting to restore .proden files. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.
Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.
As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.
How to recognize trustworthy sources:
- Always check "About Us" web page.
- Profile of the content creator.
- Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
- Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.
- Guide 1: How to Remove .proden Files Virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .proden Files Virus from Mac OS X.
How to Remove .proden Files Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .proden Files Virus
Step 2: Uninstall .proden Files Virus and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .proden Files Virus on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .proden Files Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .proden Files Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .proden Files Virus.
Ransomware infections and .proden Files Virus aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.
Get rid of .proden Files Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .proden Files Virus and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove .proden Files Virus via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .proden Files Virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .proden Files Virus aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money.
This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
.proden Files Virus FAQ
What is .proden Files Virus ransomware and how does it work?
.proden Files Virus is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.
Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.
How does .proden Files Virus ransomware infect my computer?
Via several ways..proden Files Virus Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.
This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.
After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.
Another way, you may become a victim of .proden Files Virus is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.
How to open ..proden Files Virus files?
You can't. At this point the ..proden Files Virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.
Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?
Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..proden Files Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by .proden Files Virus ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.
How Do I restore "..proden Files Virus" files (Other Methods)?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..proden Files Virus files.
These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.
How do I get rid of .proden Files Virus ransomware virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate .proden Files Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..proden Files Virus files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like .proden Files Virus ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.
What to Do If nothing works?
There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:
- Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
- Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
- Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
- Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
- You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.
More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.