Welcome to our Rensenware Ransomware removal guide. The following instructions will aid you in removing the unwanted software from your PC for free.
Welcome to our removal guide, which will show you how to remove Rensenware Ransomware from your PC. This is a new Ransomware threat, which is very tricky and sophisticated, so if you are about to deal with it, the best is to first familiarize yourself with its specifics. Here we will give you some very important information about the way Rensenware encrypts your files, the infection methods it uses to sneak inside your computer and the possible options you have after the encryption. In the guide below, we will also share some detailed removal instructions and file-restoration tips, which may turn out to be effective for you. It is worth giving them a try, as they may help you save a lot of money in ransom or expensive professional support.
Rensenware: specifics and distribution
Rensenware is a file encrypting threat, which falls in the Ransomware category. At the present moment this is one of the worst cyber threats you can encounter. It is not only very dangerous in terms of the harm it can cause, but also a very tricky virus to deal with, once it has attacked you. In fact, many security experts find it very difficult to fully recover the computer from such a nasty cryptovirus attack and in most of the cases, after the removal of the infection, the victim is left with a huge amount of encrypted data, which may not be restored.
The hackers, who stand behind such Ransomware infections, usually use them for a very simple blackmail scheme. They basically use the cryptovirus to scan the hard disks and all the connected drives on the infected machine, detect the files that you are using the most and then encrypt each and every one of them with a very strong and secret encryption algorithm. This way, they prevent your access to any of the files because once encrypted, they cannot be opened or used without a special decryption key. Of course, here is where the criminal scheme comes into play – the hackers possess that decryption key and they would ask you to pay ransom for it. If you want to get your files back, this is the option you have, and if you fail to pay the ransom, you will never be able to access your encrypted data again.
To ensure that you are not able to detect Rensenware in time and prevent the encryption from happening, these unscrupulous criminals use very sophisticated methods of infection. Mostly, they use the help of a Trojan horse, which camouflages the Ransomware and makes it very difficult to identify. Spam, malicious emails, sketchy content and even seemingly harmless files may be potential transmitters of the threat. One wrong click is more than enough to contaminate you and activate the malware without any visible symptoms. The worst thing is that sometimes, even the antivirus may fail to identify the file-encryption as malicious and you will come to know about the infection only from the ransom note that will appear on your screen once the encryption of all your files is completed.
How should you act if you have been attacked by Rensenware?
We know that it is not easy, but it is very important not to panic once you see the disturbing ransom note on the screen. In such a state of mind, you are more likely to make impulsive decisions and not handle the Ransomware in the best possible way. The hackers want exactly that, and they would use an arsenal of threats, tricks and deadlines to make you pay the ransom they want and not give you enough time to seek for other solutions. But if you take time and look for other options, there are a few things you could do. Don’t be in a hurry to pay any ransom to the criminals, because they don’t give you any guarantee that you will really receive a decryption key, let alone that it will really work and recover your files.
In fact, nobody can guarantee you that, but what we would advise you before you think of opening your wallet is to use your own external file backups and restore your data form there. We can also show you how to extract some of your files from the system itself. This may not be able to fully recover your data, but still, it is an alternative to the ransom payment. However, it is a bad idea to try to recover any files while the Ransomware infection is still on your PC, because it may encrypt them again and lock even your backup copies. That’s why, if you decide to go for this option, it is important to remove Rensenware first and then proceed to the file-recovery instructions. The guide below will show you how to do that, so make use of it and let us know if you face any difficulty.
Rensenware Ransomware Removal
Here is what you need to do in order to remove a Ransomware virus from you computer.
I – Reveal Hidden files and folders and utilize the task manager
- Use the Folder Options in order to reveal the hidden files and folders on your PC. If you do not know how to do that, follow this link.
- Open the Start Menu and in the search field type Task Manager.
- Open the first result and in the Processes tab, carefully look through the list of Processes.
- If you notice with the virus name or any other suspicious-looking or that seems to consume large amounts of memory, right-click on it and open its file location. Delete everything in there.
- Make sure that the hidden files and folders on your PC are visible, else you might not be able to see everything.
- Go back to the Task Manager and end the shady process.
II – Boot to Safe Mode
- Boot your PC into Safe Mode. If you do not know how to do it, use this guide/linked/.
III – Identify the threat
- Go to the ID Ransomware website. Here is a direct link.
- Follow there in order to identify the specific virus you are dealing with.
IV – Decrypt your files
- Once you have identified the virus that has encrypted your files, you must acquire the respective tool to unlock your data.
- Open your browser and search for how to decrypt ransomware, look for the name of the one that has infected your system.
- With any luck, you’d be able to find a decryptor tool for your ransomware. If that doesn’t happen try Step V as a last ditch effort to save your files.
V – Use Recuva to restore files deleted by the virus
- Download the Recuva tool. This will help you restore your original files so that you won’t need to actually decrypt the locked ones.
- Once you’ve downloaded the program, open it and select Next.
- Now choose the type of files you are seeking to restore and continue to the next page.
- When asked where your files were, before they got deleted, either use the option In a specific location and provide that location or choose the opt for the I am not sure alternative – this will make the program look everywhere on your PC.
- Click on Next and for best results, enable the Deep Scan option (note that this might take some time).
- Wait for the search to finish and then select which of the listed files you want to restore.