What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a form of malware that prevents or limits users' access to their system until a ransom is paid. It often appears as a pop-up window that covers the entire screen and asks the user to pay money in order to regain control of their computer.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware spreads in a variety of ways. It can be spread by malicious links in spam or phishing emails. It can also be injected into websites that are trusted by the user, such as fake ads, Google Search results, and legitimate software updates. A common way of spreading ransomware is through infected USB drives that users access on their computers without realizing the infection has occurred. Ransomware can be distributed via peer-to-peer sharing networks, torrents, and other file sharing programs. It can infect an entire network by exploiting backdoors that are left open by a specific organization.
How Does Mansory Ransomware Work?
Mansory Ransomware encrypts files by making a copy of the normal file and then forcing the computer to read only the encrypted version of the file. The process for decrypting data is also complicated. It takes various pieces of information from a database, which is stored on servers that Mansory Ransomware has control over, and creates an incompatible encryption key for every user's machine with which it can get in touch to decrypt any individual data. Mansory Ransomware also prevents users from accessing their system until a ransom is paid because it takes away accessibility privileges before encrypting all the files and demanding payment as well as installing barriers in order to prevent any access whatsoever after the encryption process is complete.
The malware also prevents users from accessing their computer by shutting down their system and displaying a message stating that the system has been encrypted and that they must pay a ransom in order to regain access to their system and their files. The message doesn't include any instructions on how to decrypt the data. It simply says, "CryptXXX Ransomware! Attention! Your documents, photos, databases and other important files have been encrypted!" This message is also displayed when users try to log in. It first asks them for a key or license code in order to decrypt the files.
How to Remove Mansory Ransomware
Ransomware is usually removed by hand by a security expert, but in some cases, it has been known to be removed automatically. In general, when anti-malware software detects the malware and removes it from the infected machine with absolutely no success, one of the best things you can do is to format your entire computer and try starting over again.
This means reformatting your hard drive and restoring your system to the default factory configuration. This will effectively erase Mansory Ransomware from you system, but it will also delete all of your personal files, because the malware has encrypted them successfully and you have no way of restoring them. If you want to back up any files before starting over, you can do that by downloading a backup program for free online or by purchasing one on a disk at an electronics retailer.
To remove Mansory Ransomware manually:
1. Hold down Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys in combination on your keyboard to open up Task Manager and go to Processes tab.
2. Locate this process and end it immediately. The malicious process will have a little lock symbol next to it on the Processes tab.
3. Open Control Panel > System and Security > System.
4. Click on Delete a Program option in the top menu bar, and select the malicious program from the list of installed programs on your system that you wish to remove from your computer. If you can't find or recognize the malicious program, then click on Uninstall option instead in order to remove it completely from your system without having to manually install anything again later on.
5. Restart your system.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
Install anti-virus software on your computer or mobile phone, don't click on links sent in emails, even if they appear to be from businesses that you do business with. Make sure major websites (like Google) are not showing in your browser's address bar so that when you type a website into the browser, it will always start in the security and privacy tab. Turn off pop-up windows and change your Windows settings to lock down each notification that pops up on your screen as a safety precaution. Encrypt data on a device before removing it from the infected machine.