Cuzimvirus ransomware – how does it operate?
Questions about Cuzimvirus ransomware virus
Cuzimvirus virus, which is also known as Screenlocker CuzimVirus ransomware, is a program that poses as a dangerous virus while in reality, it is nothing more but an application developed by amateurs. It appears that this “virus” only poses as a real ransomware, while in reality, it does not damage the computer at all. Once installed, it launches a program that displays a big red window that provides such information:
To unlock the Computer follow the three easy steps:
Send me a message to this email: email@example.com and I send you the code
When you write me, I send you the code. Then paste the code in the textbox and press “unlock”
Then press okay, and your computer is unlocked
It seems that this virus has been created by people who are just testing malware distribution techniques before sending out the actual ransomware virus. Of course, authors of this ransomware can be amateur programmers that simply play around, but one thing is clear – the fact that this virus managed to get inside your computer system is a warning to you. It indicates that your computer system has security vulnerabilities and that you need to protect it with anti-malware software. We strongly recommend using Reimage.
As you can see, Cuzimvirus malware states that computer has been blocked and the victim needs to write to firstname.lastname@example.org to get the decryption code. Although the virus does not mention anything about ransom, we assume that it asks the victim to “donate” or just pay a fixed ransom in order to unlock the computer. We do not recommend you to do it because as we have mentioned already, this is a fake ransomware virus, and you can unlock your computer manually or automatically.
How did I get infected with this virus?
Cuzimvirus virus might not be the most dangerous computer virus, but it is clear that it uses the same distribution techniques that are used to spread real viruses. Like the majority of ransomware-type infections, it spreads via malicious email letters. Attackers add malicious attachments to the official-looking email letters and send them out to thousands of victims. If the victim opens such attachment and, if asked, chooses to enable content, the computer gets infected right away. However, it seems that this fake ransomware is distributed in the form of Ransomware final.exe file.
To avoid ransomware, you should not open suspicious emails and click links they present, and also ignore data added to them. Besides, ransomware can be installed with the help of exploit kits or malware-laden ads. Although it is unlikely that this particular virus is distributed using these techniques, you should be extremely cautious and take precautions to protect your PC from more-severe ransomware attacks. We suggest you apply multiple layers of protection – update all programs, create a backup and install a trustworthy anti-malware program.
How to remove Cuzimvirus ScreenLocker?
You should know that there are two Cuzimvirus removal options. You can install an anti-malware software to remove Cuzimvirus virus and also to protect your PC from malware attacks, or you can delete this foolish ransomware on your own. If you wish to remove it automatically, we recommend you to use one of the programs that we recommend. In case you want to uninstall it manually, follow these removal instructions:
- If you can still see the screen locker, click this combination of keyboard keys: Ctrl+Shift+Esc. This will open Windows Task Manager.
- Then, go to Processes Tab. Find a program called Ransomware final (32bit).exe, click on it, then select End Process or End Task.
- Click on Start menu icon, then on the magnifying glass icon. Then search for “ransomware final” file. If the search finds it, do not click on it. Instead, right-click on it and select Open File Location. The computer then opens the folder that contains the main ransomware file, and your task is to delete it.
To remove Cuzimvirus virus, follow these steps:
Remove Cuzimvirus using Safe Mode with Networking
If you wish to remove this computer pest automatically, follow these instructions:
Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking
Windows 7 / Vista / XP
- Click Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK.
- When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
- Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list
Windows 10 / Windows 8
- Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
- Now select Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
- Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window.
Step 2: Remove Cuzimvirus
Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete Cuzimvirus removal.
If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.