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What is file encrypting malicious program

Thanatos ransomware is considered to be ransomware, a file-encrypting type of malicious program. Threat could result in severe consequences, as the data you can no longer access might be permanently damaged. Another reason why it is considered to be one of the most harmful malicious software out there is that it is very easy to get the threat. Ransomware creators target careless users, as infection often gets in through spam email attachments, dangerous ads and false application downloads. As soon as the encoding process is completed, a ransom note will pop up, demanding money in exchange for a tool to decrypt your data. Depending on what kind of data encrypting malware has contaminated your system, the money demanded will differ. We do not recommend paying, no matter how little you are requested to pay. Crooks won’t have a moral responsibility to help you in recovering your files, so they might just take your money. You can certainly encounter accounts of users not getting files back after payment, and that isn’t really shocking. Instead of paying, you ought to buy backup with demanded money. There are many options, and we are certain you’ll find one best matching your needs. And if by chance you do have backup, just uninstall Thanatos ransomware and then proceed to file restoration. These threats are everywhere, so you need to prepare yourself. If you want to stay safe, you have to familiarize yourself with likely contaminations and how to shield yourself.

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How does ransomware spread

Although you may find exceptions, a lot of ransomware use primitive ways of infection, which are spam email, corrupted advertisements and downloads. On uncommon occasions, however, more elaborate methods may be used.

If you remember opening a file which you obtained from an apparently legitimate email in the spam folder, that could be where you obtained the ransomware from. The infected file is simply attached to an email, and then sent out to potential victims. It is not rare for those emails to cover money related topics, which is the topic users are likely to think is important, thus would not hesitate to open such an email. When you’re dealing with unknown sender emails, look out for certain signs that it might be malicious, like mistakes in grammar, strong suggestion to open the file added. A company whose email you ought to certainly open would use your name instead of the general greeting. It wouldn’t be shocking to see known company names (Amazon, eBay, PayPal) be used, because when users see a known name, they let down their guard. Clicking on advertisements hosted on dubious websites and using compromised sites as download sources might also lead to an infection. Certain advertisements could be infected, so it is best if you refrain from clicking on them when on dubious reputation sites. Or you might have obtained the data encrypting malicious software along with some file you downloaded from an unreliable source. You ought to never get anything, not programs and not updates, from dubious sources, which include ads. Programs commonly update automatically, but if manual update was necessary, you would be alerted via the program itself.

What does it do?

Specialists oftentimes caution about the dangers of ransomware, essentially because infection would lead to permanent data loss. And the encoding process is very quick, it is only a matter of minutes, if not seconds, for all files you think are important to be encoded. If not for other signs, you can notice the ransomware when weird file extension appear attached to your files. The reason why your files might be permanently lost is because some ransomware use strong encryption algorithms for the encryption process, and it isn’t always possible to break them. When the whole process is complete, a ransom note will appear, which will attempt to explain to you what has occurred. You’ll be offered a decryption tool but paying for it isn’t suggested. What is stopping crooks from simply taking may just take your money without providing you with a decryptor. The money you supply cyber criminals with would also finance their future criminal activity. The easily made money is constantly luring cyber crooks to the business, which is thought to have made more than $1 billion in 2016. A wiser choice would be some kind of backup, which would always be there if you lost your original files. And you wouldn’t be risking file loss if this type of threat entered your device again. Simply ignore the requests and uninstall Thanatos ransomware. If you become familiar with the spread ways of this threat, you ought to be able to avoid them in the future.

How to delete Thanatos ransomware

Take into consideration that you will need to obtain malicious program removal software if you want to fully terminate the file encoding malicious software. If you want to delete Thanatos ransomware manually, you could end up further damaging your device, which it isn’t recommended. Employ anti-malware software instead. The tool would scan your device and if it can detect the infection, it will uninstall Thanatos ransomware. If you scroll down, you will find guidelines, if you are not certain about how to proceed. Keep in mind that the tool can’t help you recover your files, all it’ll do is make sure the threat is gotten rid of. In certain cases, however, the ransomware is decryptable, thus malware specialists are able to create a free decryptor, so be on the look out for that.

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Learn how to remove Thanatos ransomware from your computer

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

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

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