In this article we are going to try and help you remove Fantom Ransomware. Our instructions cover all Windows versions.
We are very grateful to you for being interested in our article about Fantom Ransomware. Probably you are only reading the following information out of mere interest. However, the most probable reason why you are on our page is that your PC has been contaminated with this virus. It is possible that you have recently found out about that, after you have received the ransom-demanding notification. Nevertheless, let’s start from the very beginning…
What does Fantom Ransomware typically do?
As any typical malware program, Fantom Ransomware cannot be up to any good. In fact, it is a type of Ransomware. The malware products in this category are by all means the worst known to humanity. When it comes to the way it functions, it firstly infects your computer. This can happen in many various ways, however, infected letters in your email, attachments like text documents, shareware and torrents are the most probable means of transporting Ransomware. Also, Fantom Ransomware usually travels with a close friend, a Trojan horse virus. Don’t forget to search for it and delete it as well.
After it has already contaminated your machine in one of the ways mentioned above, its next activity is no less evil. Fantom Ransomware starts performing scans of your hard drives, seeking the files you have visited recently or you use most. Then a list with all such data and its location is created. From that moment forward all the aforementioned files get locked up with a double key by that malicious program. The double key consists of a public component, which the hackers give to you immediately after the encryption process, and of course – a private one, which is not given to you until you pay the ransom.
How are you supposed to recognize this Ransomware?
In most of the cases the infection and the encryption process can be really subtle. In more rare cases those processes might use up a great amount of CPU and RAM. And this is the only condition on which they may be recognized – while performing their malicious activities, they could be seen in the Task manager of your computer as the program consuming the biggest amount of system resources. Otherwise, they often cannot be found until it’s already become too late and your data has been encoded.
How are you supposed to fight it?
We are afraid no one has a really concrete recipe about both fighting the infection and saving the affected files. You may decide to pay the ransom, which may vary from $10 to $1000, but you will still have nothing to guarantee the recovery of your data. You may make a decision to refuse to pay the demanded money. However, again, no guarantee is given that you will find an expert adequate enough to help you deal with Fantom Ransomware. All the choices are yours to make. Consider the possibilities. Count the advantages and disadvantages.
Is there a removal guide if you decide to try to remove Fantom Ransomware?
Fortunately, we have managed to create a set of removal instructions which are supposed to assist you in the uninstallation of the virus. Again, we would like to remind you that to deal with Fantom Ransomware itself doesn’t really mean to have the control over your files again. Our guide is here for you if you choose to give it a try.
Simple but efficient – prevention
Prevention can only be the only thing perfectly capable of saving you from the annoyance of dealing with viruses and other disturbing programs. You really need to learn how to implement some safety tips that might be able to guarantee the healthy overall condition of your PC.
First of all, the way you use to install software is vital. Probably you haven’t thought about that, but the installation process of any software has to be done in the right way. And the only correct answer to how to install any program properly is to use the option, which gives the biggest amount of information. Such an option might have several names, for example, Advanced or Custom. Learn to choose that one only! When we talk about cyber safety, we should also mention that having a really high-quality anti-virus tool also matters greatly. Such a program will always keep you safe from different potential troubles. Last but not least, consider opening only the letters in both your Inbox and Spam folder that come from trustworthy senders. Any even a little suspiciously looking letter should be deleted or ignored.
Fantom Ransomware Removal
Enter Windows Safe mode.
- Win 7 Users: Restart your PC –> keep on clicking F8 –> In the subsequent Menu select Safe Mode with Networking.
- Win 8 Users: Start Button –> Control Panel –> System and Security –> Administrative Tools –> System Configuration –> In the subsequent Menu select Safe Boot –>
- Win 10 users: Start Menu –> Power Options Menu –> Hold down the SHIFT button while clicking on Restart –> Troubleshoot –> Advanced Options –> Startup Settings –> Restart –> In the subsequent Menu select Safe Mode with Networking.
Open Task Manager and locate any processes associated with Fantom Ransomware.
- Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC keys simultaneously –> Processes Tab –> Select a suspicious process (use Google or ask us in the comments if you are not sure about a process) –> Right Click and Open File Location –> End the suspicious process in Task Manager –> Delete the Folders containing the suspicious files.
Open the Registry Editor and search for Fantom Ransomware.
- Win 7 Users: Click Start and type regedit –> Enter –> Press CTRL + F buttons –> Type Cryp1 Virus in the search field.
- Win 8/10 users: Start Button –> Choose Run –> type regedit –> Enter Press CTRL + F buttons –> Type Fantom Ransomware in the search field.
Try to recover your files. First you will need System Restore.
- Win 7 Users: Start button –> Type Windows System Restore –> Enter –> Open System Restore –> Select a Restore Point and revert to it.
- Win 8 Users: Hold down the Windows key + Q –> Type Recovery –> Settings –> Choose the Recovery icon –> Open System Restore –> Select a Restore Point.
- Win 10 Users: Start Menu –> Power Options Menu –> Hold down the SHIFT button while clicking on Restart –> Troubleshoot –> Advanced Options –> System Restore –> Select a Restore Point and apply it.
Secondly use program that can access your Shadow Copies.
- Use Google to find the official website of such a program and download it.
- Use the program to select the file types and the hard drive locations you want the program to scan for.
- Start the scan and keep in mind that it might take a while.
- Once the scan has been completed just select the files you want to be recovered.
If you have questions or suggestions feel free to use our comments section!