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WANNACRYPT Folder Locker Ransomware – Remove and Unlock Files

This article has been created in order to help you unlock your screen and folders in case they have been locked by the folder locker ransomware WANNACRYPT.

A new folder locker threat has been reported to infect the victims’ computers and set a lockscreen message whose primary purpose is to lock the screen on the infected computer and lock it’s folders, while demanding from victims the ransom amount of 0.05 BTC. The ransomware infection is the screenlocked type and it uses a simple password locker in order to get the folders on the affected computer to deny access. In case your computer has been affected by the WANNACRYPT folder locker ransomware, recommendations are to follow the instructions in this article to remove this malware from your computer system and restore your computer back to working state.

Threat Summary

NameWANNACRYPT
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionWANNACRYPT Ransomware is from the folder locker type of malware which locks the folders on infected computers until a ransom has been paid to unlock them.
SymptomsThe screen of the victim’s computer is locked and the folders are no longer openable. A ransom note with a bar code under which the words WANNACRYPT or ANONYMOUS are written.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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WANNACRYPT Ransomware – How Does It Infect

In order to perform a successful infection on the computers of victims, the WANNACRYPT ransomware virus may use a variety of techniques to slither into your computer system. Such are reported to be different methods from the likes of spammed e-mail messages which contain either malicious e-mail attachments embedded within them or malicious web links that aim to infect the computers of victims by simply being clicked on, similar to the fake PayPal malicious link spam e-mail down below:

In addition to malicious e-mail spam messages, the WANNACRYPT Folder Locker ransomware may also perform other unwnated methods in order to slither into your computer, such as have malicious files uploaded and ready for you to download them, while believing they are legitimate:

  • Setups of free programs.
  • Software installers, like drivers and other types of important programs.
  • Game installers.
  • Cracks and patches for programs and games.
  • Software license activators.
  • Key generators.

Most users tend to become misled and download such suspicious programs on their computers, believing they are the installers they were looking for.

WANNACRYPT Folder Locker Ransomware – More Information and Activity

After being installed on your computer system, the WANNACRYPT ransomware virus may drop it’s primary malicious executable, detected at VirusTotal to be with the following parameters:

SHA256: da398a7d02c0a5d7c24b3d3f3dd14f1ca929c87f6ab8bf373d83a780561216ec
Name: FolderLocker.exe
Size: 805 KB

After the file is executed on the victim’s computer it may perform series of unwanted activities among the victim’s computer, starting with adding a scheduled task or a registry entry in Windows Registry Editor which both have the capability of running the file automatically in the future. The targeted registry sub-keys for this are believed to be 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

After this ransomware infection has done various different types of activities on the victim’s computer that make it run automatically, WANNACRYPT Folder Locker begins to lock the important folders of the infected computer. The ransomware infection may lock the following folders, in which most of the important files of the user are likely to be located:

  • %Documents%
  • %Desktop%
  • %Downloads%
  • %Music%
  • %Photos%
  • %Videos%
  • %Program Files%

For the locking procedure, the developer of WANNACRYPT has likely taken the source code of a program which is similar to the programs Folder Lock or Doc Lock, which use simple encryption to lock folders and make them hidden, until the user enters a unique unlocking password.

After locking the folders on the victimized device, the WANNACRYPT virus sets the following ransom notes so that the victim knows of the virus’s presence:

Instructions from image:

“Your computer has been hacked and all your important files are now encrypted. To get back your all files you need to purchase the private key in Btcoin. Pay the EXACT amount to the Address given below
Amount: 0.05 BTC”

At this moment, it is not clear whether or not the ransomware has become spread worldwide, like the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, but in the event that your computer has been infected by WANNACRYPT Folder Locker, we advise you to NOT PAY THE RANSOM, since this virus is now unlockable and you can unlock your folders for free.

Remove WANNACRYPT Ransomware and Restore Access to Your PC

Before beginning to actually remove this virus from your computer, we would advise you to enter the unlock code which was discovered by malware analyst and ransomware hunter Karsten Hahn (@struppigel) who kindly provided it in Twitter:

542UTFQ2NDU2HM9K2YTVGZNZKNVSSE

After unlocking your PC, we would recommend that you move all your important files away from it on a flash drive or some other external memory carrier. Then, you can proceed securing your computer.

For the removal of this ransomware virus, we would strongly advise you to follow the removal instructions we have stated down below. They are specifically divided in manual as well as automatic removal steps. To perform such a removal manually, it is a benefit if you have experience in malware removal, otherwise experts always recommend to use an advanced anti-malware software to remove WANNACRYPT automatically from your PC, using an advanced anti-malware software. Downloading and installing such program will make sure that the malware is gone from your system completely and will effectively protect your computer against future infections as well.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove WANNACRYPT from Windows.


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

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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 WANNACRYPT 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 WANNACRYPT 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 WANNACRYPT 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.

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Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
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Step 4: Scan for WANNACRYPT 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.

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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 WANNACRYPT.

Ransomware infections and WANNACRYPT 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:

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.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of WANNACRYPT from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall WANNACRYPT and remove related files and objects

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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 WANNACRYPT:

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 WANNACRYPT. 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 WANNACRYPT. 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 WANNACRYPT 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 WANNACRYPT. 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 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 WANNACRYPT on your Mac.

Ransomware for Mac WANNACRYPT 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:


WANNACRYPT FAQ

What is WANNACRYPT ransomware and how does it work?

WANNACRYPT 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 WANNACRYPT ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.WANNACRYPT 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 WANNACRYPT 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 .WANNACRYPT files?

You can't. At this point the .WANNACRYPT 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 .WANNACRYPT files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

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

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .WANNACRYPT 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 WANNACRYPT 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 WANNACRYPT ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .WANNACRYPT files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like WANNACRYPT 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.

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