YourRansom Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

Read our removal guide about the YourRansom Ransomware which is a new malware threat that poses a significant danger to the victims.

YourRansom Ransomware

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

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

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YourRansom Ransomware Description

We have received reports of a new malware family known as YourRansom Ransomware. In comparison with other contemporary viruses this one offers FREE decryption of the affected files.

The file is distributed as a malicious binary file called YourRansom.exe which is placed in the root folder of the main hard drive.

Its behavior is fairy standard – upon infection it encrypts target user files. At the moment these are the file types that are affected by the virus engine:

.7z, .avi, .doc, .docx, .gif, .inf, .jpeg, .jpg, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, .mpg, .png, .ppt, .pptx, .rar, .txt, .xls, .xlsx, .zip

During encryption all files located in the following system folders are exclude: Windows, Program, AppData, System.

Along with the ransomware file itself there are three other files that are generated:

  • README.txt – The ransomware note.
  • YourRansom.key – The encryption key.
  • YourRansom.dkey – Decryption key received from the criminal operator when contacted.

The ransomware note contains the following message:

Hey gay, welcome to use YourRansom. Do you like this joke? Contact me to decrypt your files, it’s free! Email: [email protected]

All affected data receive the .youransom extension.

YourRansom Ransomware Distribution

The YourRansom ransomware is primarily distributed via the GitHub platform. We pressume that in the future the virus is going to be distributed via other channels as well, including email spam messages and infected software installers. Other possible ways of getting infected with it include exploit kits and malicious redirects such as browser hjackers, malicious ads.

The first infections were reported in February 2017.

YourRansom Ransomware – How To Remove it and Prevent It From Coming Back

There are two ways of removal:

YourRansom Ransomware Ransomware Removal

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


    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


    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 YourRansom Ransomware Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

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


      – Hit the “Restore” button

    3) Using System Restore Point

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


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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