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BlackKnight2020 ransomware will do serious damage to your data as it’ll encrypt them. Ransomware is believed to be a serious infection, which might lead to very serious consequences. Ransomware does not lock every single file but actually looks for specific files. Photos, videos and documents are among the most targeted files due to their value to users. Sadly, in order to unlock files, you need the decryption key, which the criminals behind this ransomware will offer you for a price. Keep in mind that malicious software researchers sometimes release free decryption utilities, if they can crack the ransomware. If you have never backed up your files and have no other option, you may as well wait for that free decryption tool.

On your desktop or in folders holding encrypted files, you’ll find a ransom note. We’re certain that cyber criminals behind this ransomware intend to make as much money as possible, so you will be requested to pay for a decryption program if you want to recover your files. Our next statement should not surprise you but engaging with criminals over anything isn’t recommended. It would not surprise us if hackers just take your money without you getting anything. There are no guarantees they won’t do that. Perhaps, investing into backup would be wiser. In case you do have copies of your files, just terminate BlackKnight2020.

If you recall opening a strange email attachment or downloading some type of update, that’s how it might have gotten into your OS. Both methods are popular among ransomware authors/distributors.

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How is ransomware distributed

We think that you fell for a fake update or opened a file attached to a spam email, and that is how you got the ransomware. Since of how common spam campaigns are, you need to learn what malicious spam look like. Always attentively check the email before you open the attached file. Oftentimes, recognizable company names are used as that would make users feel more secure. The sender might claim to be Amazon, for example, and that the reason they are emailing you is because strange behavior was noticed on the account or that an unusual purchase was made. However, you might easily check whether the sender is actually who they say they are. Compare the sender’s email address with the ones used by the company, and if there are no records of the address used by someone real, don’t open the file attached. We also advise scanning the added file with a malicious software scanner just to be sure that it is safe.

If you recently installed some type of software update via questionable sources, that might have also been how the ransomware got in. Often, you will encounter the fake updates on high-risk websites. In certain cases, when the false update offers pop up in ad or banner form, they appear real. For those that know how alerts about updates appear, however, this will look questionable immediately. Never download updates or programs from sources such as ads. When software needs to be updated, you will be notified by the software itself or it will happen automatically.

How does ransomware behave

You possibly already know what happened to your files. As soon as the contaminated file was opened, the ransomware started locking your files, which you may have missed. Affected files will now have a file extension added to them, which will help you figure out which files have been locked. Complicated encryption algorithms are generally used to lock files, so do not spend your time trying to open them. The ransom note, which could be found either on your desktop or in folders containing encrypted files, should explain what happened to your files and how you could recover them. The ransom notes usually threaten users with eliminated files and strongly encourage victims to buy the offered decryption tool. Paying the ransom isn’t something a lot of people will suggest, even if that is the only way to recover files. The people who are accountable for encrypting your files in the first place are not likely to feel obligated to help you after you pay. If you pay one time, you may be willing to pay again, or that is what hackers possibly think.

There’s a likelihood that you could’ve uploaded at least some of your valuable files somewhere, so try to recall if that is the case. Because it is possible for malware researchers to create free decryption tools, if one is not presently available, back up your encrypted files for when/if it is. Whatever it is you have decided to do, remove BlackKnight2020 immediately.

We hope this will serve as a lesson on why you need to start doing routine backups. It isn’t impossible for you to end up in the same situation again, so if you do not want to risk losing your files again, backing up your files is critical. There are various backup options available, some more expensive than others but if your files are precious to you it’s worth acquiring one.

BlackKnight2020 removal

If you’re not certain about what you have to do, don’t attempt manual removal. You have to get anti-malware program for safe ransomware removal. You might have trouble running the software, in which case you should, attempt again after booting your computer in Safe Mode. The malicious software removal program ought to work properly in Safe Mode, so there should be no issues when you erase BlackKnight2020. Anti-malware program will not help you decrypt your files, however.

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Learn how to remove BlackKnight2020 from your computer

Step 1. Remove BlackKnight2020 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 Remove BlackKnight2020
  2. Press and keep pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Choose Safe Mode with Networking win-xp-safe-mode Remove BlackKnight2020
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 Remove BlackKnight2020
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win-10-options Remove BlackKnight2020
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Networking. win-10-boot-menu Remove BlackKnight2020

b) Step 2. Remove BlackKnight2020.

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 BlackKnight2020 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 Remove BlackKnight2020
  2. Press and keep pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win-xp-safe-mode Remove BlackKnight2020
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 Remove BlackKnight2020
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings → Restart. win-10-options Remove BlackKnight2020
  3. Choose Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win-10-boot-menu Remove BlackKnight2020

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 Remove BlackKnight2020
  3. A window will pop-up and you should press Next. Choose a restore point and press Next again. windows-restore-point Remove BlackKnight2020
  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 Remove BlackKnight2020
  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 Remove BlackKnight2020
  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 Remove BlackKnight2020
  4. If folders are recoverable, they will appear there. Press on the folder and then Export.

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