About this malware

Haywood Ransomware will effect your computer in a very bad way as it will lock your files. Ransomware is regarded as a serious infection, which could lead to highly serious consequences. Once you open the ransomware-infected file, it will look for and encrypt certain files. Most commonly, it targets files such as photos, videos, documents, virtually all files for which victims would be inclined to pay the ransom. Unfortunately, in order to decrypt files, you need the decryption key, which the ransomware makers/distributors will offer you for a price. If the ransomware is decryptable, researchers specializing in malware may be able to develop a free decryption utility. If you have never backed up your files and have no other option, you might as well wait for that free decryption utility.

On your desktop or in folders containing encrypted files, you’ll find a ransom note. The ransom note will include information about what happened to your files, and hackers will ask that you pay money in order to recover your files. It isn’t encouraged interacting with crooks, for a couple of reasons. It isn’t that hard to imagine criminals simply taking your money while not providing a decryptor. What’s preventing them from doing just that. We would suggest you purchase backup with some of that demanded money. Just eliminate Haywood Ransomware if you do have backup.

If you recall opening a weird email attachment or downloading some kind of update, that’s how it might have gotten into your operating system. Those two methods are the cause of most ransomware infections.

How does ransomware spread

Despite the fact that you might get the infection in a few ways, you likely obtained it via spam email or false update. If spam email was how the ransomware got in, you will need to learn how to identify malicious spam email. Always check the email in detail before you open the attached file. In many emails of this kind, recognizable company names are used since that would give a sense of security to users. It is pretty usual for the sender to pretend to be from Amazon or eBay, with the email saying that a receipt for a purchase has been added as an attachment. It is not hard to verify if it is actually Amazon or some other company. All you really have to do is check if the email address matches any actual ones used by the company. Moreover, scan the added file with a malware scanner before opening it.

It’s also possible that fake software updates were used for ransomware to enter. Bogus alerts for updates are usually seen when on questionable pages, constantly pestering you into installing updates. Those fake update offers are also frequently promoted through ads and banners. For those familiar with how updates are normally suggested, however, this will look questionable immediately. Unless you wish to put your computer at risk, you ought to remember to never download anything from adverts and similarly unreliable sources. If you have set automatic updates, updates will happen automatically, but if manual update is required, you will be alerted via the software itself.

What does this malware do

We likely do not have to explain that your files have been encrypted. As soon as the malicious file was opened, the ransomware launched its file encryption process, which you might not have necessarily noticed. If you are uncertain about which of your files were encrypted, look for a certain file extension attached to files, signaling encryption. Attempting to open those files will get you nowhere since a powerful encryption algorithm was used to lock them. Information about how to restore your files can be found on the ransom note. Ordinarily, ransom notes follow a specific pattern, they use scare tactics to intimidate victims, request money and threaten with permanent file deletion. It’s not impossible that cyber criminals behind this ransomware have the only available decryptor but despite that, it is not suggested to pay the ransom. Trusting people who encrypted your files in the first place to keep their word is not exactly the wisest idea. If you pay now, criminals may think you would pay again, therefore could target you again.

Before even considering paying, check your storage devices and social media accounts to see maybe some of your files are stored somewhere. In case malware researchers are able to develop a free decryption utility in the future, keep all of your locked files somewhere safe. It’s essential to eliminate Haywood Ransomware from your device as soon as possible, in any case.

No matter what choice you make, you have to start backing up your files on a frequent basis. If you do not, you may end up losing your files again. Plenty of backup options are available, and they are quite worth the investment if you don’t want to lose your files.

Haywood Ransomware removal

Attempting manual elimination is not encouraged. Use malware removal program to deal with the infection, because otherwise you’re risking further harming to your device. If you cannot launch the malware removal program, load your device in Safe Mode. Scan your computer, and uninstall Haywood Ransomware as soon as it’s found. Removing the ransomware won’t help with file recovery, however.

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Learn how to remove Haywood Ransomware from your computer

Step 1. Delete Haywood Ransomware via Safe Mode with Networking

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart. win7-restart Haywood Ransomware Removal
  2. When it is restarting, start pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appear.
  3. Go down to Safe Mode with Networking. win7-safe-mode Haywood Ransomware Removal
  4. Once your computer loads, open your browser and download anti-malware software.
  5. Use it to delete Haywood Ransomware.

b) Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Click the power button from the Start menu, hold the key Shift and press Restart. win10-restart Haywood Ransomware Removal
  2. Access Troubleshoot, select Advanced options and press Startup settings. win-10-startup Haywood Ransomware Removal
  3. Go down to Enable Safe Mode and press Restart. win10-safe-mode Haywood Ransomware Removal
  4. Once your browser loads, open your browser and download anti-malware software.
  5. Use it to delete Haywood Ransomware.

Step 2. Delete Haywood Ransomware via System Restore

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart win7-restart Haywood Ransomware Removal.
  2. When it is restarting, start pressing F8 until Advanced Boot Options appear.
  3. Go down to Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win7-safe-mode Haywood Ransomware Removal
  4. In Command Prompt, enter cd restore and press Enter.
  5. Then type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. win7-command-prompt Haywood Ransomware Removal
  6. In the System Restore window that appears, click Next, select restore point, and press Next again.
  7. Press Yes.

b) Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Click the power button from the Start menu, hold the key Shift and press Restart. win10-restart Haywood Ransomware Removal
  2. Access Troubleshoot, select Advanced options and press Command Prompt. win-10-startup Haywood Ransomware Removal
  3. In Command Prompt, enter cd restore and press Enter.
  4. Then type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. win10-command-prompt Haywood Ransomware Removal
  5. In the System Restore window that appears, click Next, select restore point, and press Next again.
  6. Press Yes.

Step 3. Recover your data

If ransomware has encrypted your files, it may be possible to recover them using one of the below mentioned methods. However, they will not always work, and the best way to ensure you do not lose your files is to have backup.

a) Method 1. Recover files via Data Recovery Pro

  1. Download Data Recovery Pro.
  2. Once it's installed, launch it and start a scan. data-recovery-pro Haywood Ransomware Removal
  3. If the program is able to recover the files, you should be able to get them back. data-recovery-pro-scan Haywood Ransomware Removal

b) Method 2. Recover files via Windows Previous Versions

If System Restore was enabled before you lost access to your files, you should be able to recover them via Windows Previous Versions.
  1. Find and right-click on the file you want to recover.
  2. Press Properties and then Previous Versions. win-previous-version Haywood Ransomware Removal
  3. Select the version and press Restore.

c) Method 3. Recover files via Shadow Explorer

If the ransomware did not delete Shadow Copies of your files, you should be able to recover them via Shadow Explorer.
  1. Download Shadow Explorer from shadowexplorer.com.
  2. After you install it, open it.
  3. Select the disk with the encrypted files, choose a date.
  4. If folders that you want to recover appear, press Export. shadowexplorer Haywood Ransomware Removal