Proticc ransomware

September 24, 2018

What is Proticc

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.

Proticc ransomware

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 and you have only one hour to recover them back:

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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 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.

How does Proticc works

According to malware researchers, 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.

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Moreover, protect yourself from ransomware by avoiding third-party networks such as peer-to-peer 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.

How to delete Proticc

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 , or Anti-MalwareNorton Internet Security 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.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to Proticc. A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove Proticc Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for Proticc or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall Proticc Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for Proticc or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete Proticc Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for Proticc or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If Proticc.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove Proticc Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for Proticc or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that Proticc is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the Proticc program.
  7. Select Proticc or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from Proticc

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete Proticc

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect Proticc, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find Proticc in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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