Red Alert Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

Red Alert ransomware is a new encrypting malware threat which uses the AES cipher to compromise sensitive user files and extorts the victims for a ransom payment. The virus has been identified as a Hidden Tear variant, to learn more about it continue reading our removal guide.


Name
Red Alert

File Extensions
.locked

Ransom
Varies

Solution #1
You can skip all steps and remove Red Alert with the help of an anti-malware tool.

Solution #2
Red Alert ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the detailed tutorial below.

Distribution
Spam Email Campaigns, malicious ads & etc.

Red Alert Ransomware Description

The Red Alert ransomware is a new HiddenTear variant which has been identified by the security researchers. It uses a variety of different aliases among which is the Microsoft Corporation name.

Like other HiddenTear strains it uses the typical ransomware behavior patterns – it infects the computer hosts using different tactics and encrypts target user data using the AES cipher. The compromised files include the most popular Office document types, various multimedia (audio, video and photo), as well as databases and other sensitive types of user data. The affected files receive the .locked extension.

After the encryption module has completed its work the Red Alert ransomware crafts a ransom note that shows the following contents:

RED ALERT
YOUR FILES HAS BEEN BLOCKED
All Your Files Has been Blocked !!!
To you unlock the files access “MESSAGE” file and follow the instructions or we will delete ALL your personal archives.
YOUR FILES HAS BEEN BLOCKED

Fortunately the virus has already been added to the updated definition lists of the major anti-virus and anti-spyware products.

Red Alert Ransomware Distribution

The Red Alert Ransomware has already been in used succesful attack campaigns. The malware is primarily distributed via infected software installers and counterfeit updates.

The attackers have also used agressive spam email campaigns that attach infected binary files or contain links to the malware on various hacked and malicious sites.

Red Alert Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete Red Alert 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

Windows-key-plus-R-button-launch-Run-Box-in-Windows-illustrated

    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

    show-hidden-files-win8-10

    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 Red Alert Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

Manual removal of Red Alert requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removal of any important data can lead to permanent system damage. Prevent this troublesome effect – delete Red Alert 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

    restore-your-personal-files-using-File-History-bestecuritysearch

      – Hit the “Restore” button

    3) Using System Restore Point

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

restore-files-using-system-restore-point

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

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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