Project34 Ransomware is a latest file encrypting threat which was detected by security analyst in March 2017. According to the security report, this file encoder is designed to target Windows operating system. However, it has been reported from several part of world but most of the infection sample collected from central Asia and Russian region. It is considered that the very ransomware is created by the same hacker group who have released several type of Crypto malware in last year such as Dharma ransomware. Like mots of the file encoding threat, it also invade its targeted system silently. After that it start scanning the available drive to find the files to be encrypted. In order to encrypt the files it uses strong encryption algorithm. If your computer also get infected with this ransomware then this article will help you to remove it.
Project34 Ransomware : What happen after the attack?
After accomplishing its attack, Project34 Ransomware make entries in the Windows registry which give it the privilege to launch automatically whenever the infected system starts. This particular threat is designed to target a wide range of file types such as media files, documents, database and applications. Criminals also disguise it as an executable file WindowsUpdate.exe. It means if user click on such file then it lead to ransomware attack. After infecting the files teh ransomware add a prefix to each of the encrypted files which is known as .email@example.com file extension. Then it drop a file on the victim desktop which is known as ПАРОЛЬ.txt (PASSWORD.txt). Here is a snap of the ransom note:
Malicious doings of Project34 Ransomware
Once your file get encrypted by Project34 Ransomware then you can’t open them without the help of a private key. The private key is stored on the criminals command and control servers. In order to get the key, criminals suggest you to contact on firstname.lastname@example.org and also want your IP address. But it is not suggested to contact on the given address because criminals can demand a huge amount of money in exchange of the private key which is needed to unlock the files. The very ransomware also allow the hackers to access your system remotely. It means it could lead to data and identity theft, hence removal of Project34 Ransomware become very necessary.
How to deal with Project34 Ransomware?
Like other encoding threat, Project34 Ransomware is also designed to encrypt files and extort money from victim. Hence once the file get encrypted they can’t be accessed without decryption key. According to the user suffer from this ransomware attack, criminals will demand(600 USD/564 EUR) 35,650 Rubles. But as advised by security experts, victims should refrain from paying the ransom. In most of the ransomware attack, criminals refuse from giving the decryption key after paying the ransom. Instead of that they want more money from user. So it is advised to not pay the ransom even if the amount is affordable. In order to restore your file you can use your backup or also opt some recovery software.
Removing Project34 Ransomware
User should try to remove Project34 Ransomware at its initial stage otherwise it lead to more serious issue. There are two easy to remove the threat, manual or automatic (Recommended). To remove it manually, you can use the following steps :
Step 1 : Remove ransomware via control panel
- Click on the Start menu > Control Panel
- Now go to programs and click on Uninstall a Program.
- Search for ransomware related files
- Select the malicious program and click Uninstall/Change
- Click OK to save the changes.
Step 2 : Kill malicious process From Task Manager
- Press Windows + R button together.
- A run box will open on your screen
- Now you have to type “taskmgr” in run box
- After that click on OK button.
- In the Process tab and select suspicious process
- Click on End process tab
Step 3 : Remove malicious registry from Registry editor
- Open the Run window by Pressing Windows + R Keys
- Now, Type regedit >> press enter.
- All harmful registry files related shown here.
- Delete them to get rid of Project34 Ransomware
If you are unable to remove the ransomware manually then don’t be sad. You can remove it completely with the help of Free-scanner. It is an automatic tool which scan the system and remove threat in few clicks.