Razy ransomware - How to remove

Razy ransomware

Razy virus is another example of a crypto-ransomware infection, encoding files and demanding a ransom for the private decryption key. However, this variant was created for only educational purposes and founders had no intention to release this threat into the society. It would be best not to create ransomware viruses in the first place even if the original ground for such creations is to help people be more aware about this sort of viruses. There are other ways how to raise awareness about parasites and viruses, circulating around the net, without having to deal with a ransomware virus on the loose afterwards. What bothers us the most is that Razy virus creates a powerful 16 byte key, individual for every infected user.

Razy Ransomware

The payload of this Razy virus could have been received on a couple of occasions. But the more specific techniques of infiltration will be discussed later on. In this section we are going to focus on the main deeds and modifications done by Razy ransomware. First of all, it might be hiding as an ordinary file in one of your folders. It would be hard to go for a hunt and attempt to find it: a much more convenient alternative would be to employ antivirus tools for such tasks. If this payload of Razy virus remains undetected, it alters Windows Key registries. A reason behind this change is simple: to get launched every time you load your computer system. Razy ransomware then utilizes an AES encryption key and manages to corrupt whichever file that this infection wants. .razy extension is appended to the ruined data and after that it is no longer available for usage. Then it is about time to leave a ransom note and suggest that people should pay the demanded sum of money. However, security researchers noticed that there is no actual direction in which the ransom should be actually sent.

How to Decrypt Files Encrypted by Razy Ransomware?

The files that are no longer accessible can be attempted to be restored via a couple of techniques. Some ransomware viruses leave Volume Shadow Copies untouched and it is possible to retrieve your files. Furthermore, to decrypt the files, encrypted by Razy virus, you could try to employ file-recovery tools that have helped a number of other victims. However, if you have stored your data in backup storages and can retrieve it form there, it would be a wise decision to do so. Of course, not wiser than the original idea to store files in a storage in the first place.

How is Razy Ransomware Distributed?

We found to proof that Razy virus is distributed using some original techniques. Most likely, it employs the good old methods that help it be as aggressive as possible. As the creators have no idea how it got released (or just claim that they do not) it is pretty hard to distinguish the main ways it is spread. The Razy virus might have been added as an attachment to a spam letter or might have been automatically installed after you visited some sort of bogus webpage. For a more efficient and successful protection, use Spyhunter. These professional scanners will do whatever it takes to keep your system running smoothly. Perform regular security scans to reach the best results.

How to recover Razy ransomware encrypted files and remove the virus

Step 1. Restore system into last known good state using system restore

1. Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt:

for Windows 7 / Vista/ XP
  • Start Shutdown RestartOK.
  • Press F8 key repeatedly until Advanced Boot Options window appears.
  • Choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Windows 7 enter safe mode

for Windows 8 / 10
  • Press Power at Windows login screen. Then press and hold Shift key and click Restart. Windows 8-10 restart to safe mode
  • Choose TroubleshootAdvanced OptionsStartup Settings and click Restart.
  • When it loads, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list of Startup Settings. Windows 8-10 enter safe mode

2.Restore System files and settings.

  • When Command Prompt mode loads, enter cd restore and press Enter.
  • Then enter rstrui.exe and press Enter again.CMD commands
  • Click “Next” in the windows that appeared. Restore point img1
  • Select one of the Restore Points that are available before Razy virus has infiltrated to your system and then click “Next”. Restore point img2
  • To start System restore click “Yes”. Restore point img3

Step 2. Complete removal of Razy ransomware

After restoring your system, it is recommended to scan your computer with an anti-malware program, like Spyhunter and remove all malicious files related to Razy virus. You can check other tools here.  

Step 3. Restore Razy ransomware affected files using Shadow Volume Copies

If you do not use System Restore option on your operating system, there is a chance to use shadow copy snapshots. They store copies of your files that point of time when the system restore snapshot was created. Usually Razy virus tries to delete all possible Shadow Volume Copies, so this methods may not work on all computers. However, it may fail to do so. Shadow Volume Copies are only available with Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. There are two ways to retrieve your files via Shadow Volume Copy. You can do it using native Windows Previous Versions or via Shadow Explorer. a) Native Windows Previous Versions Right-click on an encrypted file and select PropertiesPrevious versions tab. Now you will see all available copies of that particular file and the time when it was stored in a Shadow Volume Copy. Choose the version of the file you want to retrieve and click Copy if you want to save it to some directory of your own, or Restore if you want to replace existing, encrypted file. If you want to see the content of file first, just click Open.
Previous version
b) Shadow Explorer It is a program that can be found online for free. You can download either a full or a portable version of Shadow Explorer. Open the program. On the left top corner select the drive where the file you are looking for is a stored. You will see all folders on that drive. To retrieve a whole folder, right-click on it and select “Export”. Then choose where you want it to be stored.
Shadow explorer

Step 4. Use Data Recovery programs to recover Razy ransomware encrypted files

There are several data recovery programs that might recover encrypted files as well. This does not work in all cases but you can try this:
  • We suggest using another PC and connect the infected hard drive as slave. It is still possible to do this on infected PC though.
  • Download a data recovery program.
  • Install and scan for recently deleted files. Data Recovery Pro
Note: In many cases it is impossible to restore data files affected by modern ransomware. Thus I recommend using decent cloud backup software as precaution. We recommend checking out Carbonite, BackBlaze, CrashPlan or Mozy Home.
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