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About this infection

Annabelle ransomware ransomware is a piece of malicious software that will encrypt your files. It’s a highly serious threat that could leave you with encoded files and no way to recover them. It’s quite easy to get infected, which makes it a very dangerous malware. People often get infected via spam emails, infected advertisements or bogus downloads. After files are successfully encrypted, it will ask that you pay a ransom for a for a way to decrypt files. Depending on which data encrypting malicious program has invaded your computer, the money asked will differ. Before rushing to pay, take a few things into consideration. Considering cyber crooks are not obligated to help you in file recovery, what’s stopping them from just taking your money. There are plenty of accounts of users receiving nothing after complying with the requests. We suggest to invest the money into backup, instead. You will be presented with many backup options, all you need to do is choose the one best matching you. You can recover data after you erase Annabelle ransomware if you had backup already prior to the infection infiltrating your computer. You will encounter malicious software like this everywhere, and infection is likely to happen again, so you need to be prepared for it. To keep a system safe, one should always be on the lookout for potential malware, becoming familiar with how to avoid them.

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How does data encrypting malicious program spread

Many ransomware use rather primitive spread ways, which include attaching infected files to emails and displaying malicious ads. More sophisticated methods could be used as well, however.

If you recall opening a file which you got from a seemingly real email in the spam folder, that might be how the ransomware managed to infiltrate. All criminals distributing the data encoding malicious software have to do is attach a corrupted file to an email, send it to hundreds of people, who contaminate their computers as soon as they open the attachment. Cyber crooks can make those emails quite convincing, normally using sensitive topics like money and taxes, which is why it isn’t that shocking that those attachments are opened. In addition to errors in grammar, if the sender, who definitely knows your name, uses Dear User/Customer/Member and firmly encourages you to open the attachment, you have to be careful. A company whose email you ought to definitely open would not use general greetings, and would instead write your name. You may come across company names such as Amazon or PayPal used in those emails, as familiar names would make the email appear more real. Pressing on adverts when on dubious web pages and downloading files from unreliable sources may also result in an infection. Certain sites may be hosting infected advertisements, which if pressed could trigger malicious software to download. It is possible you obtained the ransomware accidentally when it was concealed as some kind of program/file on an untrustworthy download platform, which is why you should stick to valid ones. You should never get anything, whether it is programs or updates, from adverts or pop-ups. If a program was in need of an update, it would alert you via the program itself, and not via your browser, and commonly they update themselves anyway.

What happened to your files?

Due to ransomware’s ability to permanently lock you out of your data, it is considered to be a highly dangerous infection. And the encryption process is rather quick, it’s only a matter of minutes, if not seconds, for all your important files to be encoded. The file extension attached to all affected files makes it very obvious what happened, and it usually shows the name of the file encrypting malware. Strong encryption algorithms will be used to lock your files, which makes decoding files for free pretty hard or even impossible. When all target files have been locked, a ransom note should appear, with information about what has occurred. The note will demand that you buy a decryption utility file recovery, but paying is not the best option for many of reasons. If you are expecting the hackers who encrypted your data in the first place to keep their word, you may be in for a big disappointment, because there is nothing preventing them from simply taking your money. Moreover, your money would support their future projects. And, people will increasingly become interested in the already very successful business, which reportedly made $1 billion in 2016 alone. We suggest you consider investing the requested money into some kind of backup option. And your files would not be endangered if this kind of situation reoccurred. If you have chosen to ignore the requests, you will have to terminate Annabelle ransomware if it’s still present on the system. If you become familiar with how these infections are spread, you should be able to dodge them in the future.

Ways to eliminate Annabelle ransomware

Take into account that you’ll need to acquire anti-malware software if you want to fully terminate the ransomware. Because you allowed the ransomware to enter, and because you are reading this, you might not be very tech-savvy, which is why we wouldn’t suggest you attempt to uninstall Annabelle ransomware by hand. Implementing anti-malware software would be a safer choice because you wouldn’t be risking damaging your system. If the file encrypting malicious software is still present on your system, the security program will delete Annabelle ransomware, as the intention of those programs is to take care of such threats. However, in case you aren’t sure about where to start, you can use the below supplied instructions to help you. Unfortunately, the malware removal tool is not capable of decrypting your files, it will only erase the threat. But, you should also bear in mind that some ransomware can be decrypted, and malware researchers could develop free decryption utilities.

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Learn how to remove Annabelle ransomware from your computer

Step 1. Remove Annabelle ransomware via Safe Mode with Networking

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Press the Start menu, select Shut down and press Restart. win7-restart How to get rid of Annabelle ransomware
  2. Tap the key F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Go down to Safe Mode with Networking and press Enter. win7-safe-mode How to get rid of Annabelle ransomware
  4. When your computer loads, download anti-malware software and use it to delete Annabelle ransomware.

b) Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Start → the shut down button.
  2. Hold Shift and press Restart. win10-restart How to get rid of Annabelle ransomware
  3. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings. win-10-startup How to get rid of Annabelle ransomware
  4. Enable Safe Mode → Restart. win10-safe-mode How to get rid of Annabelle ransomware
  5. When your computer loads, download anti-malware software and use it to delete Annabelle ransomware.

Step 2. Remove Annabelle ransomware via System Restore

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Press the Start menu, select Shut down and press Restart. win7-restart How to get rid of Annabelle ransomware
  2. Tap the key F8 until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  3. Go down to Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win7-safe-mode How to get rid of Annabelle ransomware
  4. When the Advanced Boot Options appears, type in cd restore.
  5. Press Enter.
  6. Type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. win7-command-prompt How to get rid of Annabelle ransomware
  7. In the System Restore Window, press Next.
  8. Choose restore point, and press Next . win7-restore How to get rid of Annabelle ransomware
  9. Press Yes.

b) Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Start → Shut down button.
  2. Hold Shift and press Restart. win10-restart How to get rid of Annabelle ransomware
  3. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Command Prompt. win-10-startup How to get rid of Annabelle ransomware
  4. When the Advanced Boot Options appear type in cd restore.
  5. Press Enter.
  6. Type in rstrui.exe and press Enter. win10-command-prompt How to get rid of Annabelle ransomware
  7. In the System Restore Window, press Next.
  8. Choose restore point, and press Next . win10-restore How to get rid of Annabelle ransomware
  9. Press Yes.

Step 3. Recover your data

Below are three ways you can attempt to recover files. However, depending on a few factors, they might not necessarily work for you. Thus, to ensure you do not lose your files, create copies of all important files and store them safely.

a) Method 1. File recovery via Data Recovery Pro

  1. You will need to download Data Recovery Pro from a reliable source.
  2. After installation, open the program and launch a scan. data-recovery-pro How to get rid of Annabelle ransomware
  3. If encrypted files are recoverable, the program will allow you to do that.

b) Method 2. File recovery via Windows Previous Versions

If System Restore was enabled, file recovery via Windows Previous Versions is possible.
  1. Right mouse click on the file you want recovered.
  2. Properties → Previous versions. win-previous-version How to get rid of Annabelle ransomware
  3. Select the version of the file you want, press Restore.

c) Method 3. File recovery via Shadow Explorer

Shadow copies are copies of your files that your computer automatically creates in order to ensure you do not lose anything in case of computer crash. However, some ransomware is sophisticated enough to delete them. If the ransomware that infected your computer did not do that, there should be no problem with file recovery.
  1. Download Shadow Explorer from shadowexplorer.com.
  2. Open the installed program, select the disk and the date. shadowexplorer How to get rid of Annabelle ransomware
  3. If the folders/files appear, Export them.

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