Know How to delete .ws ransomware permanently
.ws ransomware is a newly detected data-encrypting malware that is attacking world-wide Windows PC users. It is relatively a new malware and the group of cyber-criminals behind it is still unknown. It has relatively low volume in spreading and attack but the number of victims is increasing slowly and steadily.
In most cases, .ws ransomware payloads and files are spreading through spam email campaigns. Such emails are presented as if they are some by some repute companies or organizations. They ask the victims to download the alleged text files, tax invoice, receipt etc. which eventually triggers the ransomware attack. In order to present them as legitimate and useful, they use address bars that are hosted on similar domains names and security certificates.
The malware files created by cyber-criminals are often caused by malicious documents that could be in the form of text docs, spreadsheet, presentations, and databases and so on. When you try to access them, a pop-up appears on the screen asking you to enable the built-in scripts. Additionally, the malware setup could be executed through bogus system utilities, MS Office apps, and creativity suites and so on. And finally, they could be promoted as a helpful plug-ins and browser extensions. They are uploaded to plug-ins repository with fake reviews and developers credentials.
Once .ws ransomware gets installed successfully, it launches too many modules and doubtful activities. It begins data harvesting in order to get access to the sensitive and personal data of the users. This allows the cyber-criminals to generate a unique ID for every victim. The personal sensitive data of users are used for Online crimes and identity theft. These data are also used by the cyber-criminals for fighting with virtual machine hosts, intrusion detection system, and intrusion firewalls and so on.
In order to achieve persistent installation, it alters the important registries and System files. It also disables the access to boot recovery option. The PC starts behaving very abnormally and shows unusual error messages and alerts.
.ws ransomware Locks Personal Files and Programs
Since it is a crypto-virus hence its prime aim is to encrypt the important files of victims. They ask you to pay money as ransom in order to get the decryption key. In some cases, it also locks the homepage screen and users fails to interact with the PC. The desktop wallpaper is replaced with a ransom demanding image file. After settling down, it does a quick scan of PC hard-disk in search of the files it can encrypt. It primarily targets files related to multimedia, MS Office docs, spreadsheets, PDF files and so on.
.ws ransomware also deletes the “Shadows Volume Copies” by executing →vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet command.
It is never recommended to pay to cyber-criminals in any cases. This is a spam and ultimately you will get cheated. The cyber-criminals don’t provide any decryption key even after receiving the money. They totally ignore the victims.
Scan the PC with a Powerful Anti-Malware tool to Recover Encrypted Files
As long as the files and payloads of .ws ransomware are there in the work-station, the recovery of encrypted files is not possible. So, first of all, scan the PC with a powerful anti-malware tool that has strong scanning algorithm and programming logics to get rid of the perilous infection. Once the malware is remove, you can recover the locked files using backup files, “shadow volume copies” if available or using a third-party data recovery tool.
.ws ransomware is a perilous malware. In order to avoid its removal, it hides its payloads and scripts deep inside the PC. You may try downloading SpyHunter Malware Scanner and check if it detects this malware for you.