This page was created with the intention of helping you remove the .Wallet Virus and decrypt any .wallet files on your computer.
.Wallet File Virus is one of the newest threats to be released on computer users. Belonging to the infamous ransomware family, this virus is ranks high on the danger scale and is a threat to both enterprises and private persons alike. If you’re on this page because you have recently switched your computer on to find a ransom note on the screen, left by this malicious piece of programming, we have provided all the necessary resources to successfully remove this malware from your PC. Below this article you will find a removal guide that will walk you through the steps that you need to take in order to locate and delete any and all files related to the virus. In the event that some of the files .Wallet File Virus had encrypted are very valuable to you and are really worth trying to recover, within the same guide we’ve also provided steps that will attempt to restore the affected data. Bear with us, as it’s no coincidence that ransomware is the most feared cyber threat out there. Due to its constant evolving, cyber security experts out there work day and night to try and keep up with the all the new viruses that keep getting released. Alas, coming up with a decryption method for each new ransomware encryption take time and resources and there might not be one available for you just yet. Please be patient, read through the following few paragraphs and follow the guide to help make the best of this situation.
How ransomware operates and how it travels
Viruses like .Wallet File Virus are incredibly sneaky and are in fact notorious for their stealth – another reason why it’s so dangerous. The malware is usually downloaded onto the victim’s machine without any indication whatsoever and it gets straight to encrypting your most used files, which process, too, also runs without any visible signs. On rather rare occasions it might be possible to spot an infection if you notice that your machine is running noticeably slower than usual for no particular reason. This can happen especially if the amount of data stored on your computer is very large. In this case you should quickly check your Task Manager and sort the processes in it by CPU/RAM used. This will show you the probable virus at the top of the list, should one be present, and then you can quickly switch your machine off in order to prevent the virus from doing any further damage. Do not try to turn the PC back on, unless you are with a specialist as this will likely result in .Wallet File Virus completing its task.
But, as it is in most cases, no such detection is possible and the cybercriminals are able to finish their dirty business. The targeted files are usually documents, photos, music and videos and their extensions are usually changed to something unique to the separate malware, so that they cannot be opened by any existing program. The ransom that is later requested is actually for the private piece of the two-part decryption key, necessary to remedy the decryption. However, as it often is with matters of programming, the decryption key that users sometimes pay outrageous sums for may be faulty. In other words, it might not work and the decryption process could either be incomplete or fail altogether. This would end up in the victim having thrown their money out the window with no effect at all. We generally do not advise users to pay ransom to anyone for this very reason, not to mention that trusting criminals to send you anything at all is particularly wise.
As for preventing ever getting entangled with .Wallet File Virus or other ransomware again, it’s important that you know its main distribution methods. One of them would be malvertisements. They look no different from the regular ads you see online, therefore avoid clicking on any of them – you could end up immediately running the malicious script or be redirected to a page, from which the virus will be downloaded. Another commonly used means are spam emails that usually come with a Trojan horse embedded in the attached document. When a user is tricked into opening the infected attachment, the Trojan then downloads the ransomware. With that in mind, pay close attention to all new messages in your inbox and don’t opening anything you don’t trust. Additionally, it would be a good idea to keep a backup of all your important files stored on an external drive or cloud, should another infection ever occur.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware are by far the worse threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||There are usually no detectable symptoms of ransomware until the ransom note is displayed.|
|Distribution Method||Mainly through malvertisments, especially found on malicious and shady websites.|
.Wallet File Virus 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.