This article will help you remove Proticc ransomware efficiently. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.
Proticc is a virus that claims to encrypt your files and demands money as a ransom to supposedly get those files restored. The Proticc ransomware will not actually encrypt your files, but add the .lol extension to files. In addition, it could lock your computer screen making you unable to use it. Continue to read the article and see how you could try to potentially recover restore your computer back to normal.
|Short Description||The ransomware could lock your computer screen and displays a ransom note message.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware claims that has encrypted your files and displays a screen with instructions on how to pay the cybercriminals to restore everything back to normal.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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|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.|
Proticc Ransomware – Distribution Ways
Proticc ransomware might spread its infection in various ways. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your computer system will become infected. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service right down here:
Proticc ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware found in the forum section.
Proticc Ransomware – In-Depth Inspection
Proticc is a virus that supposedly encrypts your files and shows a window with instructions on the screen of your computer system. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom for the alleged restoration of your files and restoration of your computer system back to normal.
Proticc ransomware makes entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment (such as locking your computer screen). Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.
After the “encryption” process of the Proticc virus completes, a ransom message will be displayed on your computer screen. You can see its contents from the following screenshot given right down here:
The ransom note states the following:
YOU HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED BY PROTICC
Your personal files have been safely encrypted on this PC: photos, videos,
documents, etc. Below you can see list with encrypted files . To decrypt
them you need to enter a valid key . Hurry up because you have ONLY 1
HOUR to decrypt them , when the timer finishes all encrypted files will be
Good Luck !
List with encrypted files :
The note of the Proticc ransomware states that your files are encrypted. You are demanded to pay a ransom sum. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal acts.
Proticc Ransomware – Encryption Process
The encryption process of the Proticc ransomware is not known to work at the time of writing of this article. That might change in the future, as the ransomware might be in a developmental phase and implement the encryption feature at a later point in time.
It is currently unknown if any version of this ransomware actually encrypts files. However, files will get the .lol extension appended to them. The encryption feature might be implemented in the future, especially if the malware is still under development. Currently there is no information regarding which types of files might get encrypted if such a feature was present in the malicious application. If information about the file extensions which might get encrypted in the future is found, this article will get duly updated.
The files which are used the most by users that would probably get encrypted will probably be from the following categories:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
The Proticc Ransomware threat can still lock your screen and demand a ransom as payment. To remove that lock you could type in the following “Decrypt Code” (password unlock code):
The unlock code was discovered by the malware researcher Michael Gillespie, but might not work with all versions of the ransomware.
In case the ransomware turns out to be a HiddenTear variant (as the VirusTotal detections are implying), it could seek to encrypt files with these extensions in the future:
→.txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .gif, .jpg, .png, .db, .csv, .sql, .mdb.sln.php, .asp, .aspx, .html, .xml, .psd, .frm, .myd, .myi, .dbf, .mp3, .mp4, .avi, .mov, .mpg, .rm, .wmv, .m4a, .mpa, .wav, .sav, .gam, .log, .ged, .msg, .myo, .tax, .ynab, .ifx, .ofx, .qfx, .qif, .qdf, .tax2013, .tax2014, .tax2015, .box, .ncf, .nsf, .ntf, .lwp
The Proticc cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
If the above-stated command is executed that will make it harder to restore your computer back to its state before becoming infected with the threat. In the future that would also help make the encryption process more viable. That is due to the fact that the command eliminates one of the prominent ways to restore your data as well. If your computer system was infected with this ransomware and you wish to find out how you could potentially restore your system back to normal, continue reading below.
Remove Proticc Ransomware and Restore Data
If your computer got infected with the Proticc ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.