Welcome to our .Wlu Ransomware Virus removal guide. The following instructions will aid you in removing the unwanted software from your PC for free.
If you’ve switched your computer on only to find a startling notification sprawled across the screen saying your files have been locked and you now owe a certain amount of money to have them unlocked, you have been infected by ransomware. More specifically, you are probably here due to an infection with one of the more recent ransomware variants called .Wlu Ransomware Virus. This is a very dangerous piece of malware, which encrypts files on its victims’ computers and then attempts to blackmail them for the decryption key, which is said to restore their access to the blocked data. You’ve done the right thing to seek for an alternative way to combat the virus other than submit to the criminals’ demands. In this article we aim to provide as much necessary information regarding the way this malware type operates, as well as a working solution for it. You will be able to find the necessary instructions as to the removal of .Wlu Ransomware Virus in the attached removal guide below, as well as separate instructions that may help you recover the files that this ransomware has encrypted.
How does ransomware work? What to do about it?
Ransomware viruses are by now notorious for their seeming invincibility. This is to an extent the result of programs like .Wlu Ransomware Virus being able to go under the radar of most antivirus programs. And if you’re antivirus program isn’t detecting anything – what are the chances of you actually noticing something wrong? Not very big. And the reason for that is that the encryption process that ransomware uses is not something harmful of threatening in itself. Quite the opposite, this is actually a means of protecting data – not harming it. And that is why your defense system will probably not see it as danger. Of course, new antivirus programs are being developed now with definitions that would allow them to detect such activity, but their effectiveness is also questionable. In some rare cases you might be able to detect the virus yourself by keeping an eye out for certain symptoms. For example, if your computer has a lot of data stored on it, the encryption process may slow its overall performance down. In addition, you can monitor unusual RAM and CPU spikes in the Task Manager, after which you will need to shut down your PC immediately and seek a professional for help.
But, as pointed out, these cases are fairly rare. So, what to do in the majority of cases, when the infection has actually fully gone through? Well, the first and most important step would be to actually remove .Wlu Ransomware Virus from your system. Only after that can you decide what to do about the encrypted files: pay the hackers in hopes that they will fulfill their end of the bargain or try and restore them by other means. We wouldn’t recommend the former, simply because you may just end up throwing your money away without getting anything in return. It actually happens pretty often that users never receive the decryption key they so desperately rely on to once again be able to access their files. In addition, you will basically be sponsoring criminals by sending them money. Not to mention that you will be ensuring that they remain in the shadows and the authorities can’t catch them. You may have taken notice that the hackers demand the ransom be paid in bitcoins – that’s because it’s a very difficult currency to trace, almost impossible.
However, whatever it is that you choose to do about your files, you will also be wise to take all the necessary precautions so that you never fall victim to an attack like this again. Avoiding infections is no rocket science and if users simply used their common sense more often when browsing the web, most infections could easily be avoided. First of all, learn to sift through incoming messages and tell the suspicious ones apart from those you can trust. Do not open the former and above all – never download their attached files as this is one of the leading methods for distributing malware. Sketchy websites and illegal or shady downloadable content, as well as fake system updates and warnings are also common sources of ransomware and other harmful programs. And last but not least, keep backups of your most valuable data on a separate drive, so as to always have safe copies somewhere in case of an infection.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.|
|Distribution Method||From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.|
.Wlu Ransomware 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.