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Promorad Extension Virus will promptly start encoding your files, as it is ransomware. Ransomware is a very severe threat and may lead you to permanently losing access to your data. Also it’s quite easy to get the threat. If you have it, a spam email attachment, an infected advertisement or a fake download is to blame. And once it’s opened, it will start its data encoding process, and when the process is finished, it will demand that you pay a specific amount to get a decryption method, which will supposedly decrypt your data. Between $100 and $1000 is likely what you will be asked to pay. Giving in isn’t recommended, no matter how little you are asked to pay. Keep in mind that you’re dealing with criminals who may not give you anything, even after you make the payment. You can certainly encounter accounts of people not being able to recover files after payment, and that isn’t really surprising. This might easily reoccur, so instead of paying, think about buying backup. You will find all kinds of backup options, and we are sure you will be able to find one that is right for you. Just delete Promorad Extension Virus, and if you had made backup before the infection entered your system, file recovery shouldn’t bring about problems. These types of contaminations won’t go away any time soon, so you will have to prepare yourself. If you wish your computer to be malware-free, it is vital to learn about malicious software and how it could infiltrate your device.


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File encoding malicious program spread ways

Typically, a lot of file encrypting malware use malicious email attachments and adverts, and false downloads to spread, although you can definitely find exceptions. Nevertheless, it is possible for ransomware to use more elaborate methods.

It’s possible you downloaded an infected file added to an email, which is what allowed the ransomware to enter. Malware would simply have to attach the infected file to an email, and then send it to hundreds/thousands of people. It’s pretty common for those emails to cover money related topics, which is the topic users are likely to think to be important, thus wouldn’t hesitate to open such an email. You can expect the file encoding malware email to contain a general greeting (Dear Customer/Member/User etc), grammatical errors, prompts to open the file added, and the use of a known business name. A sender whose email is important enough to open would use your name instead of the regular greeting. Expect to come across company names such as Amazon or PayPal used in those emails, as a known name would make the email appear more real. It is also not outside the realms of possibility that when visiting a questionable site, you clicked on some ad that was malicious, or obtained something from an unreliable site. If you regularly engage with adverts while on dubious sites, it’s not really shocking that your system is infected. Or you might have acquired the file encoding malicious program along with some software you downloaded from an unreliable source. Sources like ads and pop-ups aren’t good sources, so never download anything from them. If an application was needed to be updated, it would alert you through the program itself, and not through your browser, and most update without your interference anyway.

What happened to your files?

Researchers are constantly warning about the dangers of data encoding malware, most importantly, its ability to permanently encrypt files. The process of encrypting your files take a very short time, so you might not even notice it. All affected files will have a file extension. Your files will be locked using strong encryption algorithms, which may be impossible to break. A ransom note will then appear on your screen, or will be found in folders containing encrypted files, and it should give you a clear idea of what has happened. It’ll encourage you to buy a decryption program, but buying it isn’t recommended. Remember that you’re dealing with crooks, and they might simply take your money not providing you a decryption tool in exchange. Additionally, you’d be supporting the future projects of these crooks. These kinds of threats are thought to have made an estimated $1 billion in 2016, and such big sums of money will just attract more people who want to earn easy money. A wiser investment would be a backup option, which would always be there if you lost your original files. And you wouldn’t be risking file loss if this kind of infection entered your system again. Our advice would be to ignore the demands, and if the infection is still inside on your computer, erase Promorad Extension Virus, in case you require assistance, you can use the instructions we present below this report. And In the future, try to avoid these kinds of infections by familiarizing with how they spread.

Promorad Extension Virus termination

For the process of entirely eliminating the file encrypting malicious software, you’ll have to get malicious program removal software, if you don’t already have one. If you are reading this, chances are, you aren’t the most tech-savvy person, which means you might end up damaging your system if you attempt to erase Promorad Extension Virus yourself. Employ anti-malware software to do it for you. Those tools are made to identify and uninstall Promorad Extension Virus, as well as all other possible threats. So that you know where to begin, guidelines below this report have been placed to help you. However unfortunate it may be, those tools cannot help you restore your data, they will just erase the infection. However, if the ransomware is decryptable, a free decryptor may be developed by malware researchers.

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Learn how to remove Promorad Extension Virus from your computer

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

b) Step 2. Remove Promorad Extension Virus.

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

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

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