How to remove Princess ransomware virus and restore encrypted files

Princess ransomware ransomware virus

Princess ransomware is a malicious program that was first discovered in September 2016, and back then it was rapidly researched and the decryptor was found. Now scammers decided to revive this ransomware and started a new drive-by download campaign to distribute it. As you know, most of ransomware developers prefer e-mail spam to distribute the viruses, because it consumes less resources and is promising more potential victims. Although, Princess ransomware owners use RIG vulnerability kit for ransomware distribution. It uses vulnerabilities in Flash Player and Internet Explorer to penetrate user’s computer and after that runs Princess ransomware installer. Virus leaves the ransome note that is called _USE_TO_REPAIR_[random characters].html where random characters are the identifier that is being appended to encrypted files. Scammers ask for 0,0770 BTC ($367) for file restoration.

That item is dedicated to Princess ransomware virus which gets into systems in diverse countries of the world, and cyphers the data. In this item we've gathered important info about what is Princess ransomware, and how to eliminate Princess ransomware from your PC. In addition, we will tell you how to recover the cyphered information and is it possible.

Princess ransomware ransomware virus

For any types of ransomware, one statement is correct: it is much simpler to dodge it than to cure it. Unfortunately, most people comprehend the significance of PC knowledge just when ransomware infects their computers. It's very easy to decrease the chances of getting encrypting virus by following these rules:

    • Do not admit any changes to your computer, originating from strange software. The simplest way of information recovery is the recovery from Shadow Copies, and the makers of ransomware have added the elimination of those copies into the basic features of viruses. Anyway, deletion of copies requires administrator rights and verification from the user. So, not accepting alterations from a strange software at the proper time, you will save the way to recover all lost files for free.
    • Do not ignore the red flags that your machine displays. It consumes a big part of hardware power to encode the files. If you observe a sudden drop in PC power or detect a weird string in the Process Manager, you need to switch off the laptop, boot it in safe mode, and run the AV-tool. These measures, if the system is really infected, will protect some of your information.
    • Be cautious with the e-mails that contain files. If such a message was sent from an unknown sender and it notifies about obtaining some prize, a lost package or anything like that, this could be a fraud letter. Also you should be watchful with business correspondence, especially if the sender's address and the content is unknown. It is natural to be interested and open the message even if it might be not for you, but don't forget that a single click on the viral file might cost you a lot of headache, money and time.

You should know that removing Princess ransomware is just a, first move, which is required for the safe operation of the machine. If you delete ransomware, you will not recover the information immediately, it will demand more measures written down in the "How to restore encrypted files" section. To get rid of any ransomware, user has to launch the machine at safe mode and run the scanning with antivirus. High class ransomware can't be uninstalled even with help of antivirus-tool, and have many effective mechanics of security. In case of this particular ransomware you should also check your software. Princess ransomware uses vulnerabilities to penetrate user's PC, and vulnerabilities, mostly, are being fixed in short after their discovery. If your software is up to date you, most likely, won't get infected with Princess ransomware. Modern ransomware can easily delete encrypted data, or some of it, when trying to delete the virus. To neutralize this, abide to the instructions under this paragraph.

Removal instruction

Step 1. Boot into Safe mode

Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe

Safe mode. Step 1

On the tab Boot select Safe boot

Safe mode. Step 2

Step 2. Check Startup folder

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable unknown programs in the Startup tab


Step 3. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 4. Scan the system with antiviral scanner


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Step 5. Disable Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable Safe boot in the Boot tab

Deactivate Safe mode

If you made all conditions, mentioned in above part of an article - it's time to restore the files. We won't try to decypher the information, but we'll recover them via Windows functionality and the particular software. There are the some chances, but most of the time file recovery requires lots of time and money. If you are very interested in the by-hand file recovery - read this item, which describes all the easiest manners.

To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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