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What is ransomware

Skeleton ransomware is is a file-encrypting type of malicious software. The most probable way you got the file-encoding malicious software was via spam emails and bogus downloads. File-encrypting malware will lock your files as soon as it invades your machine and ask for money, which is why we consider it to be a highly harmful infection. If if you routinely backup your files, or if malware specialists release a free decryptor, file-recovery should not be difficult. But otherwise, there is small possibility you will recover your files. By paying the ransom, you might not necessarily get your files back so take that into consideration if you’re considering paying. You are dealing with cyber crooks who might not feel obliged to assist you with anything. We would encourage that you uninstall Skeleton ransomware instead of going along with the demands.

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What does ransomware do

If you recently opened some file attached to an email it’s likely you acquired the contamination from there. All malicious software creators have to do is adjoin an infected file to an email and send it to innocent people. The ransomware will download onto the machine as soon as the email attachment is opened. Careless or less informed users could be putting their OSs in jeopardy because they open every single email attachment that lands in their inbox. Learn the signs of a dangerous email, like grammatical mistakes and Dear Customer, used instead of your name. A big red flag is the sender pushing you to open the file adjoined to the email. Just be cautious when dealing with email attachments and before opening them, guarantee they are non-dangerous. Downloading from non-legitimate websites may also result in file-encoding malware. Avoid doubtful portals and rely only on official ones, so as to dodge a ransomware infection.

As would most file-encoding malware do, this one will encode your files as soon as it contaminates your computer. It will target all important to you files, like images, documents and videos, so expect to not be able to open them. You will then run into a ransom note, which will clarify what has happened. The note will insist that payments is needed in order to get your files back. However, you are doing business with crooks, best not forget that. So by giving into the demands, you may just be giving away money in exchange for nothing. Bear in mind that even after payment, you could not get the decoding application. Don’t believe that just taking your money and not giving you anything in return is beneath them. Situations like this are why having backup is so critical, you would not need to worry about losing your files, you could just remove Skeleton ransomware. We suggest that you terminate Skeleton ransomware and instead of paying the ransom, you invest that money into backup.

How to terminate Skeleton ransomware

You’re suggested to obtain professional malware removal software and have it erase Skeleton ransomware for you. The process of manual Skeleton ransomware uninstallation might be too complex to perform safely, so we do not suggest it. Professional malware removal software is created to remove Skeleton ransomware and similar infections, it won’t recover your data

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Learn how to remove Skeleton ransomware from your computer

Step 1. Remove Skeleton 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 Erase Skeleton ransomware
  2. Press and keep pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Choose Safe Mode with Networking win-xp-safe-mode Erase Skeleton 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 Erase Skeleton ransomware
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win-10-options Erase Skeleton ransomware
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Networking. win-10-boot-menu Erase Skeleton ransomware

b) Step 2. Remove Skeleton 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 Skeleton 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 Erase Skeleton ransomware
  2. Press and keep pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win-xp-safe-mode Erase Skeleton 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 Erase Skeleton ransomware
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win-10-options Erase Skeleton ransomware
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win-10-boot-menu Erase Skeleton 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 Erase Skeleton ransomware
  3. A window will pop-up and you should press Next. Choose a restore point and press Next again. windows-restore-point Erase Skeleton 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 Erase Skeleton 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 Erase Skeleton 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 Erase Skeleton ransomware
  4. If folders are recoverable, they will appear there. Press on the folder and then Export.

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