Remove RansomPrank Ransomware from Your PC
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This article will aid you in removing the RansomPrank ransomware absolutely. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the bottom of the article.

RansomPrank ransomware is a virus. The virus is with screen-locking capabilities and its name is also present in its payload dropper – “Ransom Prank.exe”. The ransom message that pops up afterward is written in the English language. Your computer will become inaccessible unless you type the correct unlock code. Continue to read down below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your data files.

Threat Summary

NameRansomPrank
TypeRansomware, Virus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware is not known to encrypt files for now, but it is a definite possibility in the future.
SymptomsThe virus is of the screenlocker variety. No matter if it encrypts or not now, it will still show a ransom note if you get your computer infected, making the screen and PC inaccessible.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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RansomPrank Ransomware – Delivery Methods

RansomPrank ransomware could be delivered in more than one way. However, the way that is the most widespread is via a payload dropper file which initiates the malicious script for the ransomware. A sample has been spotted by malware researchers and you can preview its analysis available on the VirusTotal service from down below:

The RansomPrank ransomware might be using other ways to deliver the payload file, such as social media and file-sharing sites. Freeware applications found on the Internet could be promoted as helpful but also could hide the malicious script for this virus. Before opening any files after you have downloaded them, you should instead scan them with a security program. Especially if they come from suspicious places, such as emails or links. Also, don’t forget to check the size and signatures of such files for anything that seems out of place. You should read the tips for ransomware prevention provided in our forum.

RansomPrank Ransomware – Detailed Overview

The RansomPrank ransomware is a virus, which has been recently discovered. Although the virus is of the screenlocker variety, it will still show a ransom note demanding payment to unlock your files. However, RansomPrank ransomware is not known to encrypt files for now, researchers claim. The virus will pop up a window that serves as a ransom note with instructions that is actually a screen, locking your computer and blocking access to your files.

The RansomPrank ransomware could be set to make new registry entries in the Windows Registry to achieve a higher level of persistence. Those entries are usually designed in a way that will start the virus automatically with every launch of the Windows Operating System, like in the example given below:

→“HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run”

The ransom message will load up as a screenlocking image and it can be seen right here below:

The ransom note message states the following:

Your Computer is Locked !

Your importing files are encrypted !
Many of your documents, photos, viedos, databases an other files are no longer accessible because they have been encrypted.
Maybe you are busy looking for a way to recover your files, but do not waster your time. Nobody can recover your files without our decrytionservice

Can I Recover My Files?

Sure. We garantee that you can recover all your flies safely and easily. But you have not so much time.
You have only 3 days to submit the payment. After that the price will be doubled.
Also if you don’t pay in 7 days, you won’t be able to recover your files forever.
We will have free events for users who are so poor that they couldn’t pay in 6 month.

How Do I Pay?

Payment is accepted in Bitcoin only. Go online for more information.
Please check the current price of Bitcoin an buy some bitcoins.
And send the correct amount to the address specified in this window.
Once the payment is checked, you can start decrypting your files by getting the DecrytionCode.

Send 0.5 Bitcoin to

C34x5fg67ß0kb304gxXxdoX

The ransom sum that is demanded as payment for allegedly restoring access to your computer is 0.5 Bitcoin. However, you should NOT pay up cybercriminals as that may only serve as a motivation for them. Nobody can guarantee you will get your computer back to normal. As the virus doesn’t necessarily lock your files themselves but just the access to them, it is removable. Read on to see how.

RansomPrank Ransomware – Encryption Process

There is no official list with file extensions that the RansomPrank ransomware seeks to encrypt and the article will be duly updated if there are changes regarding that. Encryption doesn’t seem to be present in some variants of the ransomware. The virus might still be in-development and the encryption feature might be added in the near future.

You can preview a list with file extensions that the RansomPrank ransomware probably seeks to encrypt:

→.7z, .bmp, .doc, .docm, .docx, .html, .jpeg, .jpg, .mp3, .mp4, .pdf, .php, .ppt, .pptx, .rar, .rtf, .sql, .tiff, .txt, .xls, .xlsx, .zip

Those files are the most commonly-used ones for most Windows users, which is why the list could be on-point.

To remove the lock on your screen and get the ransom message window down, all you have to do is type the following password unlock code:

12345

Beware, as there is a possibility of your files getting broken, if you enter the code wrong.

The RansomPrank cryptovirus is more than likely to erase the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows Operating System by executing the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

If the above-stated command is inputted into the command prompt of the Windows operating system, that will make the encryption process more effective, as one of the main ways for file recovery will be gone. Keep on reading to find out what methods you can try out to potentially restore some of your files.

Remove RansomPrank Ransomware from Your PC

If your computer got infected with the RansomPrank 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.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by RansomPrank and other threats.
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To remove RansomPrank follow these steps:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove RansomPrank files and objects
2. Find files created by RansomPrank on your PC

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3. Scan for malware and unwanted programs with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
4. Try to Restore files encrypted by RansomPrank

Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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