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What is ransomware

RetMyData Ransomware ransomware is a file-encrypting piece of malware that can do a lot of harm. Depending on what type of ransomware it is, you may end up permanently losing your data. What’s worse is that it’s fairly easy to acquire the threat. Spam email attachments, malicious advertisements and fake downloads are the most typical reasons why file encrypting malicious software may be able to infect. As soon as it’s up and running, it will launch its file encryption process, and when the process is finished, you’ll be requested to buy a decryptor, which will supposedly decrypt your files. How much is asked of you depends on the file encrypting malware, some demand thousands of dollars, some for much less. If you’re considering paying, think about alternatives first. Do not trust cyber criminals to keep their word and recover your data, because they can simply take your money. If you take the time to look into it, you will definitely find accounts of users not recovering files, even after paying. This could easily reoccur, so consider buying backup, instead of giving into the demands. We are certain you will find an option that suits your requirements as there are many to choose from. If backup is available, recovering data should not be an issue. These threats aren’t going away in the foreseeable future, so you need to prepare yourself. To safeguard a system, one must always be ready to run into possible threats, becoming familiar with their spread methods.

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Ransomware spread methods

Generally, the majority of ransomware like to use infected email attachments and adverts, and bogus downloads to spread, even though there are exceptions. On infrequent occasions, however, more sophisticated methods may be used.

It is possible you opened a malicious email attachment, which would prompt the ransomware to launch. All data encrypting malware developers would need to do is attach an infected file to an email and then send it to hundreds/thousands of users. You could normally discover those emails in the spam folder but some users think of them as credible and move them to the inbox, thinking it is credible. Usage of basic greetings (Dear Customer/Member), prompts to open the attachment, and evident mistakes in grammar are what you should look out for when dealing with emails that contain files. Your name would be inserted into the email automatically if it was a legitimate company whose email you need to open. Amazon, PayPal and other big company names are oftentimes used because people know of them, thus are not hesitant to open the emails. Pressing on ads hosted on questionable web pages and downloading files from questionable sources may also lead to an infection. Compromised web pages could host infected adverts so stop pressing on them. Or you may have obtained the ransomware along with some file you downloaded from a questionable source. Avoid downloading anything from ads, as they aren’t good sources. If a program needed to update itself, it wouldn’t notify you via browser, it would either update automatically, or alert you via the software itself.

What does it do?

Infection leading to permanent data loss is not an impossible scenario, which is why ransomware is is categorized as a dangerous-level infection. And it takes minutes to have your files encrypted. You’ll notice a weird extension attached to your files, which will help you identify the ransomware and see which files have been encrypted. While not necessarily in every case, some data encrypting malware do use strong encoding algorithms for file encryption, which is why it may be impossible to recover files for free. When the encryption process is complete, a ransom note ought to appear, with information about what has happened. You will be offered a decryption utility but paying for it wouldn’t necessarily be the best idea. Remember that you are dealing with cyber crooks, and they may simply take your money not providing you a decryptor in exchange. And it’s likely that the money will go towards other malicious program projects, so you would be supporting their future projects. And, people will increasingly become interested in the business which reportedly earned $1 billion in 2016. Investing into backup instead of giving into the requests would be a better idea. These types of infections can reoccur again, but if you had backup, you would not need to worry about file loss. If you have made the decision to not put up with the demands, proceed to delete RetMyData Ransomware if it is still present on the system. And attempt to familiarize with how these types of infections spread, so that this does not occur.

How to uninstall RetMyData Ransomware

Malicious threat removal software will be required to terminate the threat, if it’s still somewhere on your computer. If you want to eliminate RetMyData Ransomware manually, you might end up bringing about more harm, which is why we cannot suggest it. A wiser option would be to use credible malware elimination softwareto take care of everything. It shouldn’t have any issues with the process, as those kinds of programs are designed with the intention to uninstall RetMyData Ransomware and similar infections. So that you know where to begin, instructions below this report have been placed to help with the process. Unfortunately, the malware removal software will simply erase the threat, it won’t be capable of recovering your files. Although in some cases, malware researchers create free decryptors, if the ransomware is decryptable.

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Learn how to remove RetMyData Ransomware from your computer

Step 1. Remove RetMyData Ransomware using Safe Mode with Networking.

a) Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Networking.

For Windows 7/Vista/XP
  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK. win-xp-restart Delete RetMyData Ransomware
  2. Press and keep pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Choose Safe Mode with Networking win-xp-safe-mode Delete RetMyData Ransomware
For Windows 8/10 users
  1. Press the power button that appears at the Windows login screen. Press and hold Shift. Click Restart. win-10-restart Delete RetMyData Ransomware
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win-10-options Delete RetMyData Ransomware
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Networking. win-10-boot-menu Delete RetMyData Ransomware

b) Step 2. Remove RetMyData Ransomware.

You will now need to open your browser and download some kind of anti-malware software. Choose a trustworthy one, install it and have it scan your computer for malicious threats. When the ransomware is found, remove it. If, for some reason, you can't access Safe Mode with Networking, go with another option.

Step 2. Remove RetMyData Ransomware using System Restore

a) Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

For Windows 7/Vista/XP
  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK. win-xp-restart Delete RetMyData Ransomware
  2. Press and keep pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win-xp-safe-mode Delete RetMyData Ransomware
For Windows 8/10 users
  1. Press the power button that appears at the Windows login screen. Press and hold Shift. Click Restart. win-10-restart Delete RetMyData Ransomware
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win-10-options Delete RetMyData Ransomware
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win-10-boot-menu Delete RetMyData Ransomware

b) Step 2. Restore files and settings.

  1. You will need to type in cd restore in the window that appears. Press Enter.
  2. Type in rstrui.exe and again, press Enter. command-promt-restore Delete RetMyData Ransomware
  3. A window will pop-up and you should press Next. Choose a restore point and press Next again. windows-restore-point Delete RetMyData Ransomware
  4. Press Yes.
While this should have taken care of the ransomware, you might want to download anti-malware just to be sure no other threats are lurking.  

Step 3. Recover your data

While backup is essential, there is still quite a few users who do not have it. If you are one of them, you can try the below provided methods and you just might be able to recover files.

a) Using Data Recovery Pro to recover encrypted files.

  1. Download Data Recovery Pro, preferably from a trustworthy website.
  2. Scan your device for recoverable files. data-recovery-pro Delete RetMyData Ransomware
  3. Recover them.

b) Restore files through Windows Previous Versions

If you had System Restore enabled, you can recover files through Windows Previous Versions.
  1. Find a file you want to recover.
  2. Right-click on it.
  3. Select Properties and then Previous versions. windows-previous-version Delete RetMyData Ransomware
  4. Pick the version of the file you want to recover and press Restore.

c) Using Shadow Explorer to recover files

If you are lucky, the ransomware did not delete your shadow copies. They are made by your system automatically for when system crashes.
  1. Go to the official website (shadowexplorer.com) and acquire the Shadow Explorer application.
  2. Set up and open it.
  3. Press on the drop down menu and pick the disk you want. shadow-explorer Delete RetMyData Ransomware
  4. If folders are recoverable, they will appear there. Press on the folder and then Export.

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