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Remove Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 ransomware / virus (Free Instructions) - Removal Guide

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Ransomware

WanaDecryptor 2.0 virus continues frightening the cyber space

WanaDecryptor 2.0 virus function an alternative version of WannaCry or a subsequent version of Wana Decrypt0r[1]. Those, who have been away for the weekend, and are not aware of the recent ruckus caused by this malware, should bear in mind that this file-encrypting threat targets outdated Windows OS systems. Specifically, the ransomware exploits the EternalBlue or CVE-2017-0145 vulnerability. In its presence, the malware is able to enter the device via backdoor and thus encrypt files. It is disguised under Microsoft Security Center (2.0) messages. At the moment, there is no information about the used encryption strategy. A wide range of file formats is targeted. After the encryption, the corrupted data contains .wncry file extension. The weekend rampage resulted in 150 countries infected. On Friday, May 12th, the virus made its appearance after assaulting National Health Service in Britain, international shipping agency FedEx, Russian Interior Ministry, etc. Within hours, other well-known companies, in Spain, Japan, Germany, the US have reported the attacks. Little did the world new that the data stolen by Shadow Brokers from National Security would lead to this massive cyber attack after a few months. When the malware got loose on Friday, cyber security specialists have issued urgent updates for the virtual community. Luckily, an anonymous user under the Twitter name MalwareTech[2] has managed to find a “kill switch” in the programming code and terminate the malware for a while. Though he bought time for IT experts to come up with a strategy, the crooks have quickly found a way how to patch the weakness. On Monday, 15 May, new versions have sprung to life. Thus, despite how menacing this virus is, users are encouraged not to give in to terror and concentrate on WanaDecryptor 2.0 removal. One of the possible options to do that is to run Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or Malwarebytes.The image illustrating Wana Decrypt0r 2.0

There are already dozens of samples of the malware. You can notice Korean, Chinese, German, Russian, Canadian, Argentinian variations of the malware[3]. The very ransom note does not differ from other virus examples. The ransom note of WanaDecryptor 2.0 malware, which is named “Ooops, your files have been encrypted!” reveals a clock with elapsing time. In order to retrieve files, victims are instructed to transmit $300 in bitcoins. However, there are very few chances to recover files even after remitting the payment. The perpetrators do not provide any service which decrypts one or two files for free. Instead of nurturing hopes of retrieving files, it would be better to remove Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 right away.

While the virtual community struggles to tame the virus, IT experts investigate the origin and possible source of Wana Decrypt0r malware. The malware presents an eloquent message written in fluent English. What is more, its scale suggests that the developers employ an enormous or even several botnets to spread terror with the malware[4]. However, recent findings reveal interesting information, that the original version might have originated in Malaysia. The initial version of the malware has been discovered by a company director in Malaysia after he noticed the infection in the laptop[5].

Distribution strategies of the malware

Users should take immediate action to update their operating systems as time is a fatal factor preventing Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 hijack. Botnets might be responsible for the cyber campaign of the virus. Furthermore, the malware would not have been such destructive if not for its worm-like features. Once settled on the system, it scans the network or server. Thus, this feature explains how Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 ransomware was able to spread so rapidly within such short period. Thus, users should make a rush and install a recent Windows update and update security applications. Since the malware affected Fedex company, users should be cautious of possible fake spam emails supposedly sent from this company. Though current distribution technique is much useful, cyber villains may divert to this distribution method as well.  The screenshot of the files encrypted by Wana Decrypt0r 2.0The original version of Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 was spotted in Malaysia

Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 elimination options

If this misfortune has seized the computer and encrypted files, the first thing you should do is run anti-malware program. It will help you remove Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 virus. In case, the threat completely deprived you of the right to control the device, the following instructions might come in handy. Note that malware elimination application does not decrypt files. For that purpose, make use of the below guidelines entitled as ”Bonus: Recover your data.” These methods will be only effective when you complete Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 removal.

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To remove Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 virus, follow these steps:

Remove Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 using Safe Mode with Networking

  • 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 Wana Decrypt0r 2.0

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 removal.

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

Remove Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 using System Restore

If the first method failed to regain control of the system, you may opt for this method. Note after you restore the system to the last autosaved system image, some files or apps, downloaded during the last system restore point and the present, might be lost.

  • 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 Wana Decrypt0r 2.0. 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 Reimage Cleaner Intego and make sure that Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by security experts.

If your files are encrypted by Wana Decrypt0r 2.0, you can use several methods to restore them:

Data Recovery Pro Option

This universal tool is designed for recovering files after a system crash. On the other hand, it might prove to be effective in decrypting files affected by Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 as well.

  • Download Data Recovery Pro;
  • Follow the steps of Data Recovery Setup and install the program on your computer;
  • Launch it and scan your computer for files encrypted by Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 ransomware;
  • Restore them.

The Possibilities of Shadow Explorer

The main benefit of this tool is data recovery based on shadow volume copies. This method is effective only if the malware does not delete them automatically in advance.

  • Download Shadow Explorer (;
  • Follow a Shadow Explorer Setup Wizard and install this application on your computer;
  • Launch the program and go through the drop down menu on the top left corner to select the disk of your encrypted data. Check what folders are there;
  • Right-click on the folder you want to restore and select “Export”. You can also select where you want it to be stored.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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Julie Splinters - Malware removal specialist

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