.WannaCry Virus File (Phobos Ransomware) – How to Remove It
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[recoverydata54@protonmail.com].WannaCry Virus File – How to Remove It

What are [recoverydata54@protonmail.com].WannaCry files? What is Phobos Ransomware? How to remove .WannaCry Phobos virus and how to try and restore encrypted files?

If you have seen your files to be encrypted with the [recoverydata54@protonmail.com].WannaCry extension added, then you have been infected by a variant of Phobos Ransomware. The Phobos Ransomware virus aims to encrypt the important files on your computer and then set the [recoverydata54@protonmail.com].WannaCry file extension to them, asking you to pay ransom in BitCoin to get your files to work again. Read this article to learn how to remove [recoverydata54@protonmail.com].WannaCry from your computer effectively.

Threat Summary

NameWannaCry Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionA variant of Phobos ransomware. Encrypts files and holds them hostage. Victims are asked to pay in BitCoin to retrieve their data.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted and cannot be opened. The virus may add the [recoverydata54@protonmail.com].WannaCry file extension to them and the Phobos Ransomware extortion note.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.WannaCry Virus File – Update September 2019

The good news for all victims of the [recoverydata54@protonmail.com].WannaCry Virus, which is a copycat of WannaCry ransomware in a way, is that security researchers from Emsisoft released a new free decryption tool for it.

So the moment you remove all malicious files and objects from your infected system by following our instructions, you can download the decryption tool from the link given right here:

FREE WannaCryFake Virus Decryption Tool by Emsisoft

.WannaCry Virus File – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

The .WannaCry virus variant of Phobos Ransomware may enter your computer by being sent to you via malicious e-mail spam messages, like the example below:

These e-mails often contain virus attachments that are embedded within them. Those attachments may be fake Microsoft Word documents and also other types of important receipts and order confirmation documents. The main goal is to trick victims to download them and open them, from where the actual infection with Phobos .WannaCry virus begins.

Once your computer is infected by the [recoverydata54@protonmail.com].WannaCry virus, then the malware begins to drop its virus files in the following Windows folders:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%
  • %System%

When the files are dropped, the ransom note of [recoverydata54@protonmail.com].WannaCry ransomware is also dropped. It appears like the following:

Text from image:

encrypted
All your files have been encrypted!
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail recoverydata54@protonmail.com
also You can use telegram ID: @dataS4
You have to pay for dearypton in Btcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we wil send you the tool that wil decrypt all your fies.
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send us up to 5 fies for free decrypton. The total size of fies must be less than 4Mb (non archtved), and fies should not contain valuable nformaton.
(databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcomns is LocaiBtcons site. You have to register, cick ‘Buy bitcoins’, and select the seller by payment method and price.
https:/localbtcoins.com/buy_bitcoins
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and begnners guide here:
Jabber clent instalation instructions:
« Download the jabber (Pidgin) chent from https://pidgin.im/download/windows/
« After installaton, the Pidgin chent wil prompt you to create a new account.
* Click “Add”
« Inthe “Protocol” field, select XMPP

As visible from the ransom note, the Phobos [recoverydata54@protonmail.com].WannaCry virus may begin to scan your important files and encrypt them. What is insteresting is tha the ransomware is clever enough to encrypt only important files on your computer from the likes of:

  • Archives.
  • Documents.
  • Images.
  • Audio files.
  • Videos.
  • Database type of files.

Once the [recoverydata54@protonmail.com].WannaCry has detected your files, it may apply encryption to them. This means that it changes their core structure by using encryption algorithm, most often AES or RSA cipher. The outcome is that the files cannot be opened and a decryption key is generated, held by the cyber-criminals. The files start to appear like the following:

Remove [recoverydata54@protonmail.com].WannaCry from Your PC

In order to remove this ransomware, you should follow the steps below. They also contain some alternative methods to try other methods to recover your files without paying. If manual removal takes too long or you are unsure that you will fully remove [recoverydata54@protonmail.com].WannaCry virus, then we advise you to get rid of it automatically, preferrably by downloading an advanced malware removal software. Such programs are created to fully detect and remove all virus files, belonging to [recoverydata54@protonmail.com].WannaCry from your computer and making sure that they are effectively gone from it permanently.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove WannaCry Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove WannaCry Virus

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall WannaCry 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by WannaCry Virus on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by WannaCry Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for WannaCry Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by WannaCry Virus.

Ransomware infections and WannaCry 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:

and

2. On the download page, click on the "Download" button:

3. Click on "Save File" button:

4. Accept all agreements and click "Next":

5. After all the "Next" steps, click on "Install" and then wait for the installation to complete:

6. Run the software. Click on the location to scan for missing or deleted files and click on "Scan":

7. Wait for the scan to complete, it may take some time. Be advised that this scan is not 100% guaranteed to recover all files, but it does have some chance to get your data back:


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of WannaCry Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall WannaCry Virus and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to WannaCry Virus:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to WannaCry Virus. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to WannaCry Virus. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 WannaCry 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as WannaCry Virus. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove WannaCry Virus files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as WannaCry Virus, 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 WannaCry Virus on your Mac.

Ransomware for Mac WannaCry 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.

1. Download the recommended Data Recovery Mac app by clicking on the link underneath:


WannaCry Virus FAQ

What is WannaCry Virus ransomware and how does it work?

WannaCry 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 WannaCry Virus ransomware infect my computer?

WannaCry 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 WannaCry 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 .WannaCry Virus files?

You can't. At this point the .WannaCry Virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

If a decryptor did not decrypt your .WannaCry Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by WannaCry 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 ".WannaCry Virus" files (Other Methods)?

We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .WannaCry 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 WannaCry 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 WannaCry Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .WannaCry Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like WannaCry 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?

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.

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