Threat Finder Virus – Removal Instructions

Threat Finder is a brand new variant of ransomware that began making its way onto victim computers in early 2015. Currently, Threat Finder only appears to affect users in Europe. When a computer is infected with this virus, a text file is displayed to the user that warns of data encryption. The text file describes that the only way to retrieve the data that has been encrypted on the machine is to purchase a program from the virus author. This supposed program contains the decryption key needed for removing encryption from your corrupted files. Currently, the ransom being demanded for Threat Finder is 300 Euros. It can be paid with Ukash vouchers or 1 Bitcoin.

Once the Threat Finder infection has completely encrypted all data files on a victim machine, the user will notice that these files are no longer accessible. Restarting the machine does not affect the infection, and manual removal of the encryption isn’t practical. While it may seem feasible when emotions are high to purchase the decryption software from the cyber criminal, it is highly advised that you don’t.

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Threat Finder makes its way onto computers through malicious email attachments, downloaded software from the internet, or compromised websites. This is why internet users are always strongly encouraged to stay away from suspicious websites and strange email attachments. Threat Finder begins scanning and encrypting files on the victim machine once the infection takes place. Files that have been encrypted are given a weird file extension. Unlike other ransomware variants, Threat Finder is manually deployed and controlled by a hacker. The hacker uses Terminal Services or Remote Desktop in order to control the infected machine from an unknown location. Once the hacker has gained access to the computer, they initialize as an installer that begins the encryption process.

When the encryption completes, the hacker deletes the installation files from the infected machine. Because the hacker responsible for the Threat Finder infection controls the software manually, they have the potential to install more unwanted software and threats. The text file deployed by the hacker explains that the only way to retrieve the encrypted files is by purchasing their decryption software. You should never, under any circumstances, agree to submit a payment for this software. There are many alternative solutions available for infection removal.

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Threat Finder Virus Removal Instructions

The virus removal instructions we have outlined below has been proven remove the Threat Finder virus.

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** PLEASE NOTE: If the Threat Finder Virus is on a computer running “WINDOWS 8” see the Windows 8 Virus Removal Instructions

Remember: you must be on the infected computer when performing these 3 easy steps to remove the virus.


STEP 1: Start the computer in Safe Mode with Networking
a. Before starting this step, it is STRONGLY SUGGESTED that you write down our 24HR Toll Free tech support phone number incase you run into any issues or would like any additional help with your PC.

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If you need help, this is the number to call!

b. To begin, go ahead and turn off the infected computer and wait roughly 20 seconds, then turn it back on.

c. Next Immediately as the computer begins to turn on, press F8 many times. Pressing F8 allows you to access the Advanced Options Menu. You should see an image like the one below.

Selection the option Safe Mode with Networking



d. Next use your arrow keys and select the Safe Mode with Networking option. Press enter when you have selected that option and the computer will begin to boot into safe mode.



STEP 2: Download the Threat Finder Virus Removal Program

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a. Now it is time to open the “Run Command” box.

b.On your keyboard, push and hold the “Windows” key, then press the “R” key. See keyboard diagram below.

Keyboard Shortcut Diagram



c. After you have pressed the “Windows” and “R” key, the Windows Run Box will open. Type the following and press OK:

iexplore http://www.spywarehelpcenter.com/remove


Windows Run Box



After clicking OK, your computer will connect to the internet and download our recommended virus removal program called Spyhunter.


STEP 3: Installing the Threat Finder Virus Removal Program
a. When you see the download box, click the “Run” button. The picture of the download box is below.

Spyhunter Download Box Click Run



b. Now you should be downloading a program called “Spyhunter 4” this program has been developed by a company called Enigma Software. Through their extensive work on Malware research they have developed one of the worlds most successful Virus and Malware removal programs. This program offers easy “point and click” virus removal for Threat Finder.


c. After this program runs the scan, you should see a list of “threats” found on your computer. These Threats can be very harmful and may ruin the computer if not removed. To remove these threats click “fix Threats” and then “register” the program to permanently remove the Threat Finder virus and any other threats found.

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*** After registering Spyhunter4 we highly recommend restarting the computer. Then we would like you to make sure everything is working properly. You should notice that the Threat Finder virus has been completely removed. If it has not been removed or the computer is not working 100% to your liking call us immediately at 1-888-895-6053 and one of our techs will help get it working properly again.

Need further assistance? Call us toll free and one of our friendly technicians will kindly walk you through the virus removal process.
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