How to remove Payday virus and restore encrypted files

Payday ransomware virus

Payday ransomware already penetrated hundreds of computers in different parts of the world via basic way: false e-mails with viral attachments. Sometimes scammers use exploits to take control over the PC, but they are promptly corrected. After penetration, ransomware inspects the hard drive to find the folders for encryption and their rough cost. Currently, any new ransomware can encrypt audio, video, text and image info in all most used formats. Extra attention is attracted to businesslike information, because medium and large companies are the key target for fraudsters. Virus corrupts only files with information, and doesn't touch the software, so that the user can use the computer to pay the ransom. The operation is executed via world-known AES and RSA algorithms, and it is so complicated that that decryption of files with no key is impossible. Such complexity is the reason for impressive effectuality of ransomware in recent years: common PC operator, even having a pretty good knowledge of the computer, will never be able to restore the data, and will be forced to pay the price. The only method to restore files is to crack the fraudster's webpage and obtain the master key. Also there's a way to obtain encryption keys due to faults in the code of the virus itself. The encrypted files get sexy, wallet or payday extension.

That entry is about Payday virus which infects users' computers in all countries of the world, and encrypts their data. Here you will see complete information about Payday's essence, and how to delete Payday from your machine. Furthermore, we will teach you how to get back the cyphered information and is it possible.

The knowledge of computers is quite substantial in our century, because it assists you to protect the computer from malicious programs. Unfortunately, most people realize the importance of computer knowledge only after ransomware infection. It's very easy to reduce the chances to get encrypting virus by following these advices:

    • Take notice to the pop-up windows. If the computer is infected by Payday, it will try to eliminate the shadow copies of your data, to decrease the possibility of restoration. However deleting of copies requires admin rights and your verification. The moment of thought before accepting the changes might save your information and your time.
    • Do not neglect the symptoms that your hardware and software shows. It consumes a big part of hardware power to encrypt the data. In few minutes after the infection, the machine slows down, and the encrypting process is visible in Process Manager. You might recognize this event and switch off the system before files will be fully lost. These measures, if the PC is really infected, will protect some of your data.
    • Be careful with the e-mails that contain data. The #1 template of scam e-mails is the story about prize winning or parcel earning. Also you should keep an eye on business correspondence, particularly if you don't know the customer who send it and not sure what's inside. summaries, lawsuits, claims, Invoices for goods or services and other specific documents cannot come without warning, and you, as a minimum, should know the sender. In most of the cases it is a fraud.

We draw your attention to the fact that the deletion of ransomware is just a first and required turn for the safe operation of the laptop. If you delete Payday, you won't return the files immediately, it will demand multiple measures described in the "How to restore encrypted files" part. To deelete the virus, user has to load the workstation at safe mode and run the scanning through antivirus program. High grade ransomware can't be eliminated even via AV-software, and have many efficient mechanics of defense. Some viruses are able to fully delete cyphered data, or some of it, when trying to uninstall the program. This is extremely undesirable, and the below part will help you to deal with it.

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

After removing Payday from the system, user has to restore the corrupted data. It's impossible to reverse the encryption, but we'll get them back via OS functionality and the extra programs. More often than not, to get back the data, the victim has to ask for support on anti-malware communities or from well-known malware fighters and antiviral software manufacturers. If you picked the by-hand data recovery - take a look at our item, which describes all the easiest methods.

To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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