What is Widia Ransomware?
The Widia Ransomware is also categorized as Trojan and browser hijcaker, and is presented as an encryption ransomware Trojan but is not an encryption ransomware Trojan but rather, it carries out a screen locker attack, scaring computer users into paying a ransom in exchange of unlocking the claimed encrypted data, but it is actually incapable of encrypting the victims’ files. But the updated versions of the Widia Ransomware could be designed to follow through on their threats and to corrupt victims’ data in the attack. The main purpose of the Widia Ransomware is to scare computer users into believing that their computer have been infected with an encryption ransomware Trojan developed to encrypt their files and ask payment for decryption of the corrupted data. The Widia Ransomware does this to demand a ransom payment from the victim in exchange of unlocking the data. It merely scares victims but it can be removed relatively easily.
How does the Widia Ransomware Attack a Computer
The Widia Ransomware infection is definitely comprehendsive: the Widia Ransomware basically blocks access to the computer by showing the user a screen locker message, simply a large window that cannot be closed or bypassed. On its attack, the Widia Ransomware blocks maimly the Windows components and programs that could be used to recover from these attacks, such as the Windows Task Manager or the Registry Editor. Generally, the PC security researchers and experts have linked the Widia Ransomware variants to corrupted files with the following names:
As soon as the Widia Ransomware is installed into your computer, it automatically makes changes to the Windows Registry that allow the Widia Ransomware to run whenever the infected computer starts up automatically. Once the malicious Widia Ransomware is running, it hinders and even prevents the victim from accessing the Internet or using the infected computer effectively. What’s unique about the Widia Ransomware e is that the Widia Ransomware includes various obfuscation measures that are designed to prevent computer security researchers from studying and formulating the counteracting of the Widia Ransomware threat. Commonly, the best way in which the Widia Ransomware is distributed to victims mainly through the use of corrupted email attachments delivered using spam email messages.
The Widia Ransomware Infection
Once the Widia Ransomware has infected the victim’s computer and system, it will expectedly make modifications to the infected computer’s settings, allowing the Widia Ransomware to prevent the victims from getting access to their files normally. The Widia Ransomware’s lock screen contains the following text, take note:
‘W I D I A
Your documents, photos, databases and other important files have been encrypted with the strongest encryption and unique key, generated for this computer. Private decryption key is stored on a secret Internet server, and nobody can decrypt your files until you pay and obtain the private key. The server will eliminate the key after a time period specified in this window.
[COUNTDOWN OF 24 HOURS]
Credit card no:
CC Holder name:
Expiration date: Security:
[TEXT BOX] [TEXT BOX]’
Possibly, the Widia Ransomware is unfinished since it’s clear that it did not include a ransom amount on the notice. Oddly, one aspect of the Widia Ransomware which is kind of questionable is that it demands credit card data, unlike other ransomware Trojans may prefer anonymous payment methods such as the use of BitCoins- which is definitely the new trend in the cyber world. This only means that the Widia Ransomware is primarily designed to gather credit card data from victims, which may used in credit card fraud and identity theft and other cyber crimes issues. However, malware researchers and experts have noted another problem with a Widia Ransomware infection, which also may indicate that the Widia Ransomware is unfinished as mentioned earlier: the Widia Ransomware does not communicate with its Command and Control server.
How to deal with the Widia Ransomware
Fortunately, the Widia Ransomware can be removed easily with the help of a security program and or reputable anti-malware removal tool that is fully up-to-date or who exercises first thing then morning. What mainly hinders the Goblin in dealing with the Widia Ransomware is regaining access to the infected computer.
How to Remove Widia Ransomware
Boot info Safe Mode:
- Restart your computer.
- Start tapping F8 when you see a BIOS screen.
- Select Safe Mode from the Advanced Boot Options menu with arrow keys on your keyboard.
- Press Enter.
- Go to remove ransomware.
- Tap two buttons: the Windows key and C on your keyboard and click Settings (if you use Windows 8/8.1) or click on the Start button (if you use Windows 10).
- Click Power.
- Hold the Shift key and click Restart.
- Click Troubleshoot.
- Click Advanced options.
- Click Startup Settings.
- Click on the Restart button.
- Tap F4.
- Go to remove ransomware when your PC starts in Safe Mode.
Eliminating Widia Ransomware Manually
- Open the Windows Explorer (tap Win+E).
- Go to %WINDIR%.
- Delete the following files: wd0w.exe, oops.rr, oobelx.dt, and *widia.exe (*-random symbols).
- Close the Windows Explorer and open the Registry Editor (tap Win+R, enter regedit.exe in the box, and click OK).
- Open HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System and HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System.
- Fix the DisableTaskMgr Value in these two registry keys – right-click on the Value, select Modify, and change its Value data to 0 .
- Change the Value data of the EnableLUA Value too (it can be found in registry keys mentioned in the 5th step). In this case, change the Value data to 1 .
- Move to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
- Find the Value .*widia (*-random symbols), right-click on it, and select Delete.
- Close the Registry Editor.
- Empty the Recycle bin and restart your computer.
Scanning does not mean that your computer is clean if you have performed all the removal steps from instructions above and erased ransomware fully from your computer. Ransomware infections might sneak into your systems together with the other untrustworthy applications too which is being bundled with. They will work in the background without your permission if you do nothing about it, and it;s going to control you even more.
The guide given below indicates how to get rid of Widia Ransomware automatically. The instructions need to be applied on the infected computer.
- Turn the infected computer on. If it is turned on, restart it.
- When BIOS screen disappears after the reboot, tap F8 key repeatedly. Advanced Options menu will show up. If Windows logo appears, reboot the PC and try pressing F8 again.
- When you access Advanced Options menu, use arrow keys to navigate and choose Safe Mode with Networking. Press Enter to access the mode.
4. Wait for Windows to load Safe Mode with Networking.
5. Press and hold the Windows key and then press R key.
6. If you have pressed both keys correctly, Windows Run Box will pop up.
7. Type the following into the Open box:
*Note, that there has to be a single space gap in between iexplore and http. Click OK.
8. Internet Explorer will open and a download dialog bar will appear at the bottom of your screen. Click Run to begin the installation automatically once SpyRemover Pro is downloaded.
9. Click OK if your system asks whether you want to run SpyRemover Pro software.
10. Run SpyRemover Pro and perform a full system scan.
11. Once all the malicious infections are detected, click Fix Threats. SpyRemover Pro will ask you to register the software.
12. By registering SpyRemover Pro you will also be able to protect your computer from other potential threats. Once you have registered the program, the malware will be removed. Reboot your PC to fully implement the malware removal procedure.