What is data encrypting malware

GhostHammer Ransomware ransomware is a piece of malware that will encode your files. If you get your computer contaminated, you may permanently lose access to your files, so it isn’t to be taken lightly. It is very easy to get contaminated, which only adds to why it is so dangerous. Users most often get infected through spam email attachments, malicious ads or bogus downloads. Once the encryption process is finished, a ransom note will pop up and you will be requested to pay in exchange for a method to decrypt your files. How much is requested of you depends on the ransomware, the demands may be to pay $50 or a couple of thousands of dollars. Complying with the demands isn’t something we recommend doing, so think through all scenarios. Do not forget you’re dealing with crooks who could just take your money and not provide anything in exchange. There are plenty of accounts of users getting nothing after giving into with the demands. Instead of paying, it would be wiser to buy backup. A lot of backup options are available for you, all you need to do is choose the one best suiting you. For those who did take the time to back up files before the malicious software entered, simply uninstall GhostHammer Ransomware and restore data from where they are stored. This isn’t likely to be the last time malware will infect your machine, so you ought to prepare. If you wish to remain safe, you need to become familiar with possible contaminations and how to safeguard yourself.

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How does ransomware spread

A lot of ransomware rely on the most basic distribution methods, which include spam email attachments and corrupted ads/downloads. That does not mean developers won’t use methods that require more ability.

You likely obtained the infection via email attachment, which could have came from a legitimate appearing email. Malicious software would add the corrupted file to an email, and then send it to hundreds/thousands of users. You may commonly discover those emails in spam but some users believe they are legitimate and transfer them to the inbox, believing it is credible. The use of basic greetings (Dear Customer/Member), prompts to open the attachment, and many grammatical mistakes are what you should be careful of when dealing with emails from unknown senders that contain files. To make it more clear, if someone whose attachment you ought to open sends you an email, they would use your name, not general greetings, and you wouldn’t need to search for the email in the spam folder. Big company names like Amazon are commonly used as users know of them, therefore are not hesitant to open the emails. You might have also picked up the threat through some other ways, such as compromised advertisements or infected downloads. Compromised websites could be hosting malicious ads so stop engaging with them. Or you might have acquired the ransomware along with some program you downloaded from an unreliable source. Keep in mind that you ought to never download programs, updates, or anything really, from weird sources, such as adverts. If an application needed to update itself, it wouldn’t notify you via browser, it would either update by itself, or alert you via the program itself.

What happened to your files?

What makes ransomware so harmful is that it may encode your data and lead to you being permanently blocked from accessing them. And the encoding process is rather fast, it’s only a matter of minutes, if not seconds, for all files you believe are important to become encrypted. All encoding files will have a file extension attached to them. The reason why your files might be permanently lost is because some file encoding malware use strong encryption algorithms for the encoding process, and it isn’t always possible to break them. A ransom note will appear once the encryption process is finished, and it ought to explain the situation. The creators/distributors of the file encrypting malware will offer you a decryption program, which you evidently have to pay for, and that isn’t what we advise. If you are expecting the crooks who locked your data in the first place to keep their word, you may be in for a big disappointment, because they may just take your money. The ransom money would also possibly go towards financing future file encoding malware projects. By complying with the demands, victims are making ransomware a progressively more profitable business, which is believed to have made $1 billion in 2016, and obviously that attracts plenty of people to it. As we have mentioned above, investing into backup would be wiser, which would guarantee that your data is safe. In case of a similar situation again, you could just remove it and not worry about potential file loss. Simply pay no mind to the demands and remove GhostHammer Ransomware. These types threats can be avoided, if you know how they are distributed, so try to familiarize with its distribution methods, at least the basics.

GhostHammer Ransomware removal

Take into consideration that you will have to acquire malicious threat removal software if you want to entirely terminate the ransomware. Because you permitted the data encoding malware to enter, and because you are reading this, you might not be very tech-savvy, which is why it’s not suggested to manually terminate GhostHammer Ransomware. Using reliable elimination software would be a safer option because you wouldn’t be risking damaging your computer. Anti-malware tools are developed to eliminate GhostHammer Ransomware and similar threats, so problems shouldn’t occur. However, in case you are not sure about how to proceed, guidelines can be seen below. Sadly, the malware removal tool will simply erase the threat, it will not restore your files. Although in some cases, a free decryptor might be developed by malicious software researchers, if the data encoding malware is possible to decrypt.

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Learn how to remove GhostHammer Ransomware from your computer

Step 1. Delete GhostHammer Ransomware via Safe Mode with Networking

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart. win7-restart How to get rid of GhostHammer 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 get rid of GhostHammer Ransomware
  4. Once your computer loads, open your browser and download anti-malware software.
  5. Use it to delete GhostHammer 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 get rid of GhostHammer Ransomware
  2. Access Troubleshoot, select Advanced options and press Startup settings. win-10-startup How to get rid of GhostHammer Ransomware
  3. Go down to Enable Safe Mode and press Restart. win10-safe-mode How to get rid of GhostHammer Ransomware
  4. Once your browser loads, open your browser and download anti-malware software.
  5. Use it to delete GhostHammer Ransomware.

Step 2. Delete GhostHammer Ransomware via System Restore

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart win7-restart How to get rid of GhostHammer 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 get rid of GhostHammer 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 get rid of GhostHammer 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 get rid of GhostHammer Ransomware
  2. Access Troubleshoot, select Advanced options and press Command Prompt. win-10-startup How to get rid of GhostHammer 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 get rid of GhostHammer 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 get rid of GhostHammer 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 get rid of GhostHammer 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 get rid of GhostHammer 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 get rid of GhostHammer Ransomware