Ransomware is a group of PC parasites that locks the PC and demands payment for unlocking. Some of the parasites will outright demand payment without any explanation. Others will pretend to be from some institution, for example, FBI, RIAA, etc. The payments are collected using some pre-paid method usually. In Europe it is Ukash or Paysafe, in Russia SMS payments are used and in USA scammers use Moneypak. However, exceptions are possible.
Ransomware differs from other scam software in following:

  1. It always demands payment, either because of “authority” or using threats to destroy all the data.
  2. It does not try to emulate PC problems like virus infections on itself , though it might claim that there was infection
  3. In many cases, it blocks PC better than Rogue antiviruses

Typically, it is a result of trojan infection and it is quite difficult to remove. Some of the problems are caused by the way PC is locked. Additionally, several different families of trojans can impersonate the same institution and even share the design. Thus several different removal instructions have to be carried out to remove the ransomware successfully.
In the worst case, one needs alternate OS scanners to remove ransomware. However, in some cases it is enough to reboot into safe mode and change startup items, or use safe mode with command prompt to fix the registry. For complete guide check removal instructions for particular ransomware. In some cases you will need data decryption utility to recover encrypted files.

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Latest Ransomware

TrumpLocker ransomware

February 23, 2017

The controversial president Donald Trump has been getting a lot of attention from the media for quite some time now, ever since election in America began and attempted to find a…


VHDLocker Ransomware

February 22, 2017

VHDLocker crypto-virus acquired such a pseudonym because of its feature of gathering victims’ files in a VHD (a.k.a Virtual Hard Disk). This variant does not seem to perceive a necessity…


CyberSplitter ransomware

February 20, 2017

CyberSplitter virus explores a strategy as long as time: it poses as respectable authorities from FBI that have found users guilty of a number of different violations of law. Victims that…


CryptoKill Ransomware

February 20, 2017

CryptoKill Ransomware is a very dangerous ransomware virus. It might infect your system and lock files stored on a hard drive. You will be asked to pay the ransom in…


NTK ransomware

February 20, 2017

‘You got p0wned by NTK’ is the statement, witnessed by victims of NTK ransomware. Many samples from this malware category incorporate the strategy of locking users’ systems from access, but…


Ransomware parasite list

.aaa extension ransomware (January 19, 2016)
.abc extension ransomware (January 21, 2016)
.ecc extension ransomware (January 19, 2016)
.exx extension ransomware (January 20, 2016)
.ezz extension ransomware (January 20, 2016)
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.shit Extension (October 26, 2016)
.ttt extension ransomware (January 18, 2016)
.vvv extension ransomware (December 23, 2015)
.xxx extension ransomware (January 18, 2016)
.xyz extension ransomware (January 19, 2016)
.zzz extension ransomware (January 20, 2016)
"Microsoft Windows is not g... (November 10, 2016)
"You have 72 hours to pay t... (January 29, 2013)
"Your computer may not be p... (August 17, 2016)
"Your Computer was Automati... (December 8, 2014)
“All activities on this c... (October 31, 2013)
“Notice of Imposition of ... (November 16, 2016)
7ev3n Ransomware (January 27, 2016)
7h9r Ransomware (June 18, 2016)
7zipper Ransomware (February 6, 2017)
8lock8 ransomware (June 13, 2016)
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ACMA virus (July 17, 2013)
AiraCrop Virus (October 27, 2016)
AKM virus (March 1, 2013)
Alcatraz Ransomware (November 8, 2016)
Alfa Ransomware (July 7, 2016)