Removal Part I
As far as the distribution of this infection is concerned, there is nothing surprising about it. However, it only works with banking websites based in Australia, but regardless where you are or what bank you use, you should cpu.exe this malicious application as soon as possible. cpu.exe lurks in porn/warez websites disguised as a video codec. Our security research team strongly recommends deleting this infection with an antispyware tool because manual removal may not be enough to terminate the application for good. You have to be particularly careful about software bundles. Please note that you should be ready to lose your files for good if there is no way to retrieve the healthy copies. cpu.exe!
Once cpu.exe successfully enters your operating system, it executes a number of malicious tasks. Unfortunately, inexperienced users are likely to execute the infection by opening a corrupted attachment without even realizing it. Specialists say that your computer might have been infected with Angler Exploit tool. It does not lock these entire directories. In other words, such a mail and its attachment pretend to be something else so that they appear to be of important nature. Instead, you are led to believe that you must see the attached file for clues or proof.Download Removal Toolto remove cpu.exe
Display hidden files and folders
.bin, .bk, .bmp, .cfg, .dat, .db, .doc, .docx, .gif, .gz, .htm, .html, .ini, .jpeg, .jpg, .js, .mp3, .mp4, .pdf, .png, .ppt, .pptx, .sdf, .tmp, .txt, .wma, .wmv, .xls, .xlsx, .xml When you open this mail, most likely you will be lead to believe and convinced that you need to download and view the attached file to learn more about the regarding supposedly urgent matter. Computers with Windows prior to Windows 2000 will not be able to use this account. The .locked file extension will be added to all encrypted files. They will also help you to prevent infiltration of this trojan. It is essential to ignore the attackers’ demands to pay for file decryption because there is no guarantee that encrypted data will be restored.
The files should be locked with AES encryption algorithm and to unlock it, you must have a unique decryption key and a decryptor. It has been found that it also makes several modifications in the system registry, for example, more experienced users could find the Value in the Run registry key (HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). While there is no concrete information about its distribution methods, we think that its developers might have set up an email server dedicated to sending email spam containing cpu.exe-setup.exe. If you fall for its deception and open the file, then your PC will become infected with this ransomware. It also creates a ransom note text file called “ARE_YOU_WANNA_GET_YOUR_FILES_BACK.txt” on your desktop. But, if you do not have proper protection on your PC, you need to cpu.exe as soon as possible. Although the threat should not copy itself, it is smart to run a full system scan to check for leftovers.
Removal method 2. Use antimalware
We hope that you found this article useful. What calls more attention is the suspicious link to Live Chat, as this is the first ransomware to ever use it. Especially, if you have at least some copies of the files that got encrypted. In the ransom note (“__iWasHere.txt”) your attackers claim that “this is not a Ransomware” program and they simply want you to “upgrade your security.” You are asked to send an e-mail to “email@example.com” so that they can reply and send you the decryption key within 7 days. Or, better yet, download and install a reputable malware removal application, such as Anti-Malware Tool, that will also automatically protect your system from all future malware attacks. not that we would recommend doing so.Download Removal Toolto remove cpu.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\ Research has shown that this ransomware is currently distributed via fake profile pages found on adult websites that feature links and passwords to a fake password-protected striptease video. We urge you not to pay the ransom because you might never receive the decryption key. Therefore, we suggest that you tighten your security by installing a reliable anti-malware program, such as Anti-Malware Tool. You need to know however that there is little chance that you get anything in return. These crooks seem quite “hungry” as the ransom fee this time is $625 that has to be paid and transferred in Bitcoins.
Manual cpu.exe removalBelow you will find instructions on how to delete cpu.exe from Windows and Mac systems. If you follow the steps correctly, you will be able to uninstall the unwanted application from Control Panel, erase the unnecessary browser extension, and eliminate files and folders related to cpu.exe completely.
Uninstall cpu.exe from Windows
- Click on Start and select Settings
- Choose System and go to Apps and features tab
- Locate the unwanted app and click on it
- Click Uninstall and confirm your action
Windows 8/Windows 8.1
- Press Win+C to open Charm bar and select Settings
- Choose Control Panel and go to Uninstall a program
- Select the unwanted application and click Uninstall
Windows 7/Windows Vista
- Click on Start and go to Control Panel
- Choose Uninstall a program
- Select the software and click Uninstall
- Open Start menu and pick Control Panel
- Choose Add or remove programs
- Select the unwanted program and click Remove
Eliminate cpu.exe extension from your browserscpu.exe can add extensions or add-ons to your browsers. It can use them to flood your browsers with advertisements and reroute you to unfamiliar websites. In order to fully remove cpu.exe, you have to uninstall these extensions from all of your web browsers.
- Open your browser and press Alt+F
- Click on Settings and go to Extensions
- Locate the cpu.exe related extension
- Click on the trash can icon next to it
- Select Remove
- Launch Mozilla Firefox and click on the menu
- Select Add-ons and click on Extensions
- Choose cpu.exe related extension
- Click Disable or Remove
- Open Internet Explorer and press Alt+T
- Choose Manage Add-ons
- Go to Toolbars and Extensions
- Disable the unwanted extension
- Click on More information
- Select Remove
Restore your browser settingsAfter terminating the unwanted application, it would be a good idea to reset your browsers.
- Open your browser and click on the menu
- Select Settings and click on Show advanced settings
- Press the Reset settings button and click Reset
- Open Mozilla and press Alt+H
- Choose Troubleshooting Information
- Click Reset Firefox and confirm your action
- Open IE and press Alt+T
- Click on Internet Options
- Go to the Advanced tab and click Reset
- Enable Delete personal settings and click Reset