Click Me Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

Security specialists discovered the Click Me ransomware which is still under development and poses as a computer game. Learn more about the threat and how to remove it from your computer.


Name
Click Me Ransomware

File Extensions
.hacked

Ransom
Varies

Solution #1
Click Me Ransomware can be removed easily with the help of an anti-malware tool, a program that will clean your computer from the virus, remove any additional cyber-security threats, and protect you in the future.

Solution #2
Click Me Ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the detailed tutorial below.

Distribution
Various distribution methods – spam email campaigns, browser hijackers and exploit kits.

Click Me Ransomware Description

The GData security analyst Karsten Hahn has discovered a new malware threat – The Click Me Ransomware which poses as a fun computer game. Upon execution the user is displayed a simple computer game where they need to chase an image on the screen. This is a clever distraction from the actual encryption process which happens in the background.

As the virus is still under development we do not yet know the full feature list that the hackers will implement. At the current moment the available ransomware sample only targets the file located at the following location D:\ransom-flag.png. The AES encryption cipher is used and the target data is renamed with the .hacked extension.

Eventually if the user clicks the button many times or presses the ENTER key the ransom note is displayed on the screen.

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The message contains a picture of the Anonymous hacker collective with the text “You have been Hacked”. A message in Farsi (Persian) is also displayed asking for a ransom payment to restore access to the affected files.

Here is a translation of the text:

Alright my dear brother!!!
Enough free playing. Your files have been encrypted. Pay so much this much money so I can send you the password for your files.
I can be paid this much too cause I am very kind.
So move on I didn’t raise the price.

Click Me Ransomware Distribution

The contained ransomware samples are not from an attack campaign. As the threat is still under active development we do not know yet what methods the hackers will employ.

Click Me Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete Click Me completely with a few mouse clicks.

STEP I: Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network
This will isolate all files and objects created by the ransomware so they will be removed efficiently.

    1) Hit WIN Key + R

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    2) A Run window will appear. In it, write “msconfig” and then press Enter
    3) A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named “Boot
    4) Mark “Safe Boot” option and then go to “Network” under it to tick it too
    5) Apply -> OK

Or check our video guide – “How to start PC in Safe Mode with Networking

STEP II: Show Hidden Files

    1) Open My Computer/This PC
    2) Windows 7

      – Click on “Organize” button
      – Select “Folder and search options
      – Select the “View” tab
      – Go under “Hidden files and folders” and mark “Show hidden files and folders” option

    3) Windows 8/ 10

      – Open “View” tab
      – Mark “Hidden items” option

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    4) Click “Apply” and then “OK” button

STEP III: Enter Windows Task Manager and Stop Malicious Processes

    1) Hit the following key combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
    2) Get over to “Processes
    3) When you find suspicious process right click on it and select “Open File Location
    4) Go back to Task Manager and end the malicious process. Right click on it again and choose “End Process
    5) Next you should go folder where the malicious file is located and delete it

STEP IV: Remove Completely Click Me Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

Manual removal of Click Me requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removal of any important data can lead to permanent system damage. Prevent this troublesome effect – delete Click Me ransomware with SpyHunter malware removal tool.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

STEP V: Repair Windows Registry

    1) Again type simultaneously the Windows Button + R key combination
    2) In the box, write “regedit”(without the inverted commas) and hit Enter
    3) Type the CTRL+F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable
    4) In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys

Further help for Windows Registry repair

STEP VI: Recover Encrypted Files

    1) Use present backups
    2) Restore your personal files using File History

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Type “restore your files” in the search box
      – Select “Restore your files with File History
      – Choose a folder or type the name of the file in the search bar

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      – Hit the “Restore” button

    3) Using System Restore Point

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps

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STEP VII: Preventive Security Measures

    1) Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
    2) Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
    3) Secure your web browser.
    4) Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
    5) Disable macros in Office documents.
    6) Use strong passwords.
    7) Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
    8) Backup regularly your data.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

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Author : Martin Beltov

Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.


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