How to remove Threat Finder (Virus Removal Guide)
The Threat Finder virus (also known as ThreatFinder or Threat Finder v2.4) is very dangerous ransomware that takes control of an infected computer system and uses the AES encryption algorithm to encrypt personal files on the infected computer. The virus will leave a message on the desktop’s wall paper, open a webpage, leave a text file, or display a message demanding ransom payments of $300 USD via Green Dot MoneyPak (or other) to decrypt the personal files and gain complete control of the computer again.
The message displayed by Threat Finder ransomware reads “Warning! Your personal files are encrypted! Don’t switch off your computer and/or internet, otherwise your key will be disabled. Your important files encryption produced on this computer: photos, videos, documents, etc. Here is a complete list of encrypted files, and you can personally verify this. To obtain the private key for this computer, which will automatically decrypt files, you need to pay 300 USD / 300 EUR / similar amount in another currency.”
Victims of the virus who pay the fine and follow the instructions on the message might be able to retrieve their personal files and remove the ransomware, but it is not suggested to do so. Instead, malware analysts suggest to first use various procedures and third-party computer security software to remove the Threat Finder virus and similar ransomware. Paying the ransom may actually cause further issues for some computer users.
How to remove Threat Finder (Removal Instructions)
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2. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
3. Open the Anti-Malware program.
4. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to perform a scan.
5. Once the scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button to remove the files and restart your computer.
Ransomware similar to Threat Finder malware usually infects 1 user account on Windows systems at a time. Here are some tips to remove ransomware by using different user accounts.
- Log into an account not affected by malware (with administrative rights) and perform a scan with reputable software to detect and remove malware.
- You can also delete the infected account.
- Other options include creating a new user account to remove malware if only 1 Window’s user account is present on the computer system.
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