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Smash! Harmless Ransomware Remove It Permanently

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smash-ransomware-mushroom-with-a-knifeA 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.

Threat Summary

TypeRansomware, Fake
Short DescriptionThe virus displays threatening messages to delete your files until you pay, but simply blocks key programs from running and does not delete anything.
SymptomsPop-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 MethodSpam 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.

Other than that, if spread by a file, JavaScript or Exploit Kits may be used to guarantee successful infection and get past any firewalls and real-time defense mechanisms, like antivirus programs.

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:

  • csrss.exe
  • Lsass.exe
  • Services.exe
  • Smss.exe
  • Svchost.exe
  • Taskmgr.exe
  • Explorer.exe

From there, Smash! Virus activates and begins displaying pop-up messages connected together methodologically. The messages in them are the following:

1st-Hi and welcome to
2nd-Smash! Ransomware.
3rd-I thought I would lay here all alone.
4th-But now…
5th-You are here! 
6th-So Welcome to HELL. Pay or your files die!

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:

“No TaskManager for you.”
“No Registry Editor for you.”

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.


Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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