How to unlock files encrypted by WannaCry for free

by Tony Hill on May 25, 2017

It is probably no longer necessary to emphasize that WannaCry ransomware has gotten the reputation as one of the worst ransomware ever made. This is not surprising, as it had affected many organizations in more than 150 countries, and more than 200.000 computers all over the world.



WannaCry does not only prevent access to data and operating system, but it also encrypts data on all connected devices, such as USB keys and similar. Files stay locked until a ransom of 275€ has been payed. After three days the ransom doubles, and if it still hasn't been payed after 7 days, all the files on the infected system are deleted.

If you have been accidentally infected with ransomware WannyCry, we have good news for you. A new free tool was created, which will help you unlock your computer and get your files back, without paying the ransom. It is called WannaKey, and can be downloaded from here. The tool is very effective at unlocking the infected computer and getting the data back, as the ransomware leaves a copy of the key in system memory. But the key is available only if the computer has not yet been rebooted or shut down, or the key has not yet been deleted, because some app needed that part of the memory.

If, for any reason WannaKey does not work, you can also try another tool called WannaKiwi, which works on operating systems Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. It can be downloaded from here.

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