What kind of infection are you dealing with

Guarded ransomware file encrypting malware will encrypt your files and they will be unopenable. It is also referred to as ransomware, which is a term you ought to be more accustomed to hearing. If you are confused how your system got contaminated, you possibly opened a spam email attachment, pressed on an infected ad or downloaded something from a source you should not have. It will be explained this in a more detailed manner in the following section. A ransomware infection can lead to very serious outcomes, so it’s essential to know its distribution methods. If ransomware isn’t something you’ve happened upon before, it might be quite shocking to find that you can’t open your files. When you realize you cannot open them, you will see that a payment is demanded of you in exchange for a decryptor. We doubt a decryptor will be sent to you after you pay, as you’re dealing with hackers, who will feel little accountability to help you. It’s much more possible that they won’t aid you. By giving into the demands, you’d also be supporting an industry that does damage worth hundreds of millions yearly. You should also consider that a malicious software researcher was able to crack the ransomware, which means there could be a free decryptor available. Look into that before giving into the demands even crosses your mind. If you did take care to backup your files, just uninstall Guarded ransomware and proceed to restore files.

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Ransomware distribution methods

If you’re not certain how the infection managed to slither in, it might have happened in numerous ways. Ransomware tends to stick to basic ways, but that’s not to say that more sophisticated ones will not be used as well. Ransomware creators/distributors with little knowledge/experience tend to use methods that don’t require much skill, like sending the infected files attached to emails or hosting the infection on download platforms. By opening a spam email attachment is probably how you got the ransomware. An infected file is attached to a kind of legitimate email, and sent to possible victims, whose email addresses criminals likely obtained from other crooks. If you know the signs, the email will be rather obviously spam, but otherwise, it is pretty easy to see why someone would open it. If you see that the sender’s email address is completely random, or if there are a lot of grammar mistakes, that may be a sign that it’s an email harboring malware, particularly if you find it in your spam folder. What you may also notice is known company names used because that would put you at ease. Even if you think you’re familiar with the sender, always check whether the email address is right. In addition, if there is a lack of your name in the greeting, or anywhere else in the email for that matter, it should raise suspicion. Your name, instead of a common greeting, would certainly be used if you have dealt with the sender in the past, whether a company or an individual. To be more clear, if you’re a user of Amazon, the name you have provided them will be automatically inserted into emails they send you.

If you wish for the short version, just be more cautious about how you deal with emails, primarily, do not rush to open the email attachments and ensure the sender is who you think it is. Be careful and not press on ads when on particular, questionable web pages. If you do, you might be redirected to a web page hosting ransomware. Adverts should not always be trusted so avoiding them is what we would suggest, whatever they may be proposing. Don’t download from sources that aren’t trustworthy because they may easily be hosting malicious software. Downloading through torrents and such, may be harmful, therefore at least read the comments to make sure that what you are downloading is safe. In other cases, program vulnerabilities may be employed by the ransomware to enter. In order for those vulnerabilities to not be used, you need to keep your software updated. When software vendors become aware of a flaw, they it is fixed in a patch, and all you really need to do is allow the fix to install.

How does ransomware behave

Soon after you open the malware file, your device will be scanned by the malware to locate certain file types. It will target documents, photos, videos, etc, essentially everything that might be important to you. The ransomware will use a powerful encryption algorithm to encrypt files as soon as they are found. Affected files will have a file extension added to them and this will help you find out which files have been locked. The ransom message, which you ought to find soon after the ransomware is finished with your file locking, will then request payment from you to receive a decryption program. Depending on the ransomware, you might be demanded to pay $100 or a even up to $1000. While the choice is yours to make, do look into why it is not recommended. You should also look into other data recovery options. There’s also a possibility that there’s a free decryptor available, if people specializing in malware research were successful in cracking the ransomware. Maybe you did back up your files in some way, and simply do not remember it. You could also try to recover files through Shadow Explorer, the ransomware might have not removed the Shadow copies. If you do not want this situation to reoccur, ensure you routinely back up your files. If backup is an option, you should only access it after you eliminate Guarded ransomware.

Guarded ransomware uninstallation

We cannot recommend manual uninstallation, for mainly one reason. While you couldbe successful, you may end up irreversibly damaging your machine. Our suggestion would be to acquire an anti-malware utility instead. Those programs are designed to terminate Guarded ransomware and similar infections, therefore you should not encounter trouble. It will not be able to restore your files, however, as it doesn’t posses that capability. This means you will need to research how to restore data yourself.


Learn how to remove Guarded ransomware from your computer

Step 1. Delete Guarded ransomware via Safe Mode with Networking

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

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

b) Windows 8/Windows 10

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

Step 2. Delete Guarded ransomware via System Restore

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart win7-restart How to delete Guarded ransomware.
  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 How to delete Guarded ransomware
  4. In Command Prompt, enter cd restore and press Enter.
  5. Then type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. win7-command-prompt How to delete Guarded ransomware
  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 How to delete Guarded ransomware
  2. Access Troubleshoot, select Advanced options and press Command Prompt. win-10-startup How to delete Guarded ransomware
  3. In Command Prompt, enter cd restore and press Enter.
  4. Then type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. win10-command-prompt How to delete Guarded ransomware
  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 How to delete Guarded ransomware
  3. If the program is able to recover the files, you should be able to get them back. data-recovery-pro-scan How to delete Guarded ransomware

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 How to delete Guarded ransomware
  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 How to delete Guarded ransomware