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Proticc ransomware. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Ransomware

Proticc – ransomware which only pretends to encrypt files with RSA-2048 and just locks the computer screen

Proticc ransomware
Proticc ransomware - a screen locking virus which enables any activity on the locked computer screen and displays a ransom message.

Proticc ransomware is a dangerous virus which sneaks into the system unnoticed and starts modifying the Windows Registry. As a result, the infection locks the victim's computer screen and denies any actions that the user tries to perform on it. Moreover, Proticc virus imitates the file encryption by adding the .lol extension to each “corrupted” file. After that, this cyber threat displays a ransom message which announces about the fake encryption and urges a ransom to be paid to unlock the blocked documents. It gives one hour of time after which files will be lost permanently. However, do not believe in such lies as this virus DOES NOT encrypt any documents but only pretends to do it to get money from gullible users.

Name Proticc
Type Ransomware
Purpose To trick users that their files are encrypted and urge a ransom for the decryption key
Modifications spotted in This virus creates dubious entries in the Windows Registry
Distribution Spam, P2P networks
Removal process Install Reimage to fix the damage

Proticc ransomware ransom note does not include precise details about the ransom type or the crook's email address. However, it announces that files were “encrypted” by using a secret code called RSA-2048[1] and you have only one hour to recover them back:

Proticc Ransomware
YOU HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED BY PROTICC
RANSOMWARE !
Your personal files have been safely encrypted on this PC: photos, videos,
documents, etc. Below you can see list with encrypted files . To decrypt
them you need to enter a valid key . Hurry up because you have ONLY 1
HOUR to decrypt them , when the timer finishes all encrypted files will be
deleted !

Good Luck !

List with encrypted files :

Ransomware-type viruses usually urge for cryptocurrency as the type of ransom. Most often Bitcoin or Monero is required as the currency to be transferred. Cybercriminals state such requirements for the process to stay safe and untrackable. They can easily scam users, take their money, and run away without any consequences.

Proticc ransomware creates dubious registry entries to be able to perform its harmful activity. This also allows the ransomware to launch automatically every time the user starts its computer, and lock your computer screen without letting you perform any actions on it. After such action, the victim is not able to use its computer screen properly until it is unlocked and the virus is gone from the system.

If you spot this ransomware on your computer, be quick to remove Proticc virus as it is a very dangerous cyber threat which might even open a path for other malware forms to easily enter your computer system. If you want to repair the damage that was done by the infection, we recommend installing Reimage or any other similar tool.

After you perform the Proticc removal, you will return your computer to its starter position that it was in before the cyber attack. Talking about file decryption, there is nothing to recover as the threat just pretended to corrupt your documents. You should proceed with virus elimination and take care of files' backups as precautionary measures to avoid similar infections in the future.

Prevent ransomware infections by paying more attention to email that you receive

According to malware researchers[2], various malware forms including ransomware are commonly spread by cyber crooks through phishing email messages. Criminals drop hazardous payload which looks like something legitimate, e.g., recommended updates. This type of content comes as an attachment or link inserted into the email message. If you receive a spam message and you are not expecting anything important recently, be quick to eliminate it permanently and do not open any clipped attachments as they might easily launch the ransomware infection.

Moreover, protect yourself from ransomware by avoiding third-party networks such as peer-to-peer[3] ones. As these pages lack required protection and come improperly disclosed, they might easily include hazardous content inside. For higher protection, install an antivirus tool and update it regularly. This computer security software will let you perform system scans once in a while and detect various infections possible.

Delete the Proticc ransomware virus

If you spotted the first symptoms, you need to remove Proticc virus as soon as possible. This ransomware-type cyber threat will cause even more damage if left in the system for a longer period. Use Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes as anti-malware tools for the elimination process. Note that manual deletion is not possible for this case as the cyber threat is hazardous and might leave various components behind that can be unseen when you perform the manual removal.

After you carry out the Proticc removal, make sure you perform some system backups. We want to remember you that there are no files to decrypt, so you can stay calm after the elimination process is finished as all you need to do is get rid of the ransomware itself. Make sure you take some prevention methods to avoid similar infections in the future and protect your computer system from various possible damage.

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To remove Proticc virus, follow these steps:

Remove Proticc using Safe Mode with Networking

Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking to disable the ransomware-type virus:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove Proticc

    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 Proticc removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove Proticc using System Restore

Activate System Restore by following these steps:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of Proticc. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage and make sure that Proticc removal is performed successfully.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Proticc and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes

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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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