Remove .Thor File Virus Ransomware with our free removal instructions which also cover how any .Thor File file can be recovered.
Countless threats are waiting for us on the Internet. Among the worst of them, we can distinguish the so-called Ransomware. This is a type of malicious software that is responsible for blocking your data or your screen and then demanding a ransom for giving the access back to you. The particular program discussed in this article is named .Thor File. Specialists in the field identify it as file-encrypting Ransomware. Below we will describe all the subtypes of this malware and we will give some specific details about this particular virus.
Ransomware: nature and versions
The viruses based on Ransomware are extremely invasive and dangerous. They need no permission to enter your PC and perform whatever they have been programmed to achieve. Here is a list of the different versions of Ransomware and what they do.
- Normally, the most common type comprises of the programs that encrypt files. They infect your computer, scan your drives, define your most cherished files and encrypt them. Then you usually receive a notification stating that you need to pay ransom for the encoded data. .Thor File belongs to this widely spread and extremely hazardous subtype.
- Another pretty common type of Ransomware is the so-called screen-locking version. The programs from this group are known to simply make your desktop unavailable to you by hiding it behind the ransom message pop-up that appears. In that message you will see all the information about the different payment methods you may use for sending your money to the hackers and accessing your screen again.
- Sometimes Ransomware may affect your mobile devices as well. The mobile-devices infecting Ransomware works in a way similar to the monitor-blocking subtype. It only makes the screen of your device inaccessible and the ransom payment is required again.
- Even the ‘good guys’ – the police and other state agencies may use such viruses to punish cyber criminals and make them pay for whatever they have done. So, we can say that Ransomware at least has one positive usage.
Of course, as you might expect, new viruses appear every day and this list will need to be updated with time, as there may appear new possible usages for the Ransomware-based viruses. Another important point of this article is the list with all the potential means of infecting with such a dangerous virus.
How your computer may end up infected with .Thor File Virus
Hackers use various methods to spread these malicious programs around the web. However, there are a few possible sources you should be particularly careful with:
- Never trust any pop-up you come across on the web: Often the ads you see on the Internet are harmless and have marketing purposes. Nevertheless, as you cannot distinguish the bad ones from the good ones, we recommend that you stay away from them all. Just a click on the wrong one and your PC might end up contaminated and you – harassed.
- Do not click on any random notification that appears on your screen. Even the update requests might be fake and may lead to contagious web pages. Sometimes these malicious programs are capable of sending tempting notifications that look like the original system-generated ones. However, avoid them all and manually look for updates using the feature built in your Control Panel.
- Always stay away from all kinds of emails and their attachments if you cannot recognize the senders or the topics sound suspicious: Sometimes .Thor File might come from a letter inside your email (usually together with other malware – a Trojan) or from its attachments. Even images and documents might infect you with this virus. Do not download or open anything suspicious.
- Torrents, certain websites and shareware, as well as streaming pages, might be contagious. Be careful! Just use your common sense while surfing the web and you will never go wrong and end up contaminated with malware of any kind.
What to do if an .Thor File Virus infection occurs
This is very unfortunate, as little could really be done. It is very hard to successfully deal with this virus and save your encrypted files. As you haven’t got many options, we recommend that you try them all before paying the hackers. First of all, consider asking someone who works in the field of malware removal, they may help you. Secondly, it is very important that you remove the virus from your system, regardless of what further course of action you take. Our Removal Guide below will help you with that. Just do not expect it to decrypt your data, as it may or may not be the case. Even paying the ransom may not give you back the lost access to your encoded files. We hope this article and the guide below will be your tools against the infection.
.Thor File Virus Ransomware Removal
Step 1 – hunt for active virus processes
To do this, you will have to make use of your Task Manager. Use the R-Ctrl+Shift+Esc key combination in order to open it. Now, go to the Processes tab and sort the list by order of CPU and/or memory used. Now, look through the list – if any process is using up very high amounts of memory or has a suspicious name or description, then it might be a process ran by the Ransomware. End that process immediately and move on to the next step.
Now open your start menu and search for MSConfig. Go to the Startup section and see if there are any suspicious entries with unknown manufacturers. Disable anything that seems illegitimate. Keep in mind that the virus may duplicate the names of real programs!
Step 2 – prepare your PC for the removal process
Next thing you need to do is boot your machine into Safe Mode and reveal all hidden files and folders. Click on the links for detailed instructions.
Step 3 – find and delete virus-related files
- Open your Registry Editor by typing regedit in the Run window (Winkey+R) and pressing Enter, then open Edit->Find. Search for the virus name.
- If there are any results, delete those registry entries.
- Open your Start Menu and in the search field type each of the following and go to the corresponding location:
- Delete everything from Temp. In the other folders, see if there has been added anything recently that seems suspicious. If that is the case, delete the new entries.
Step 4 – look for Hosts file manipulation
- Use the Win-key+R combination to open Run and hit enter after you copy-paste the following:
- A notepad file will open. If your PC has been infected, may be IP addresses at the bottom of the file. Delete them.
- Note that if those IP’s are either 0.0.0.0 or 127.0.0.1, then they are not coming from a virus, thus this is no indication of an infection.
Step 5 – decrypt already encrypted files
For this, you will first have to identify the virus you are dealing with and then acquire the corresponding decryptor tool that can help you decrypt your files.
- To identify the Ransomware, go to this link and follow the instructions.
- Now that you know what you are dealing it, make a search for how to decrypt ransomware and look for a decryptor for your specific virus.