ATLAS Ransomware was found to be a newer version of the CHIP Ransomware, which is well known for attacking PCs through spam email attachments or malicious downloads where it will encrypt files and demand a ransom upon infection. Upon infection, ATLAS Ransomware will load a ATLAS_FILES.txt file that then displays its demands for making a ransom payment to supposedly relinquish a decryption key to restore all encrypted files. Unfortunately, in some cases, paying the ATLAS Ransomware ransom may not decrypt the files and affected PC users may be left with several files encrypted causing system errors and other issues.
Paying the 1.5 Bitcoins or more, which is equal to about $1,800 USD, is not a feasible option for most. The best way to eliminate the issues that come with ATLAS Ransomware, including the fix of all encrypted files, is to restore all files from a backup copy of the system’s hard drive.
Are you getting popups from ATLAS Ransomware? Have you identified that you have ATLAS Ransomware installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove ATLAS Ransomware completely from your computer?
Why should you remove ATLAS Ransomware?
If ATLAS Ransomware resides on your computer, it can potentially damage your personal files or you may end up losing data stored on your system. Research has shown that ATLAS Ransomware may have the ability to make your computer vulnerable to remote attacks which could result, initially, in loss of money, possibly identity theft, and, eventually, a painstaking ATLAS Ransomware removal process.
How can you manually remove ATLAS Ransomware
Manual removal of ATLAS Ransomware may not be for everyone. Each manual ATLAS Ransomware removal step must be followed delicately to completely remove all related files and registry entries from your computer. If you are unsure or have doubts about editing your system registry, then we recommend that you use the automatic ATLAS Ransomware removal process.
ATLAS Ransomware can be removed manually by following the steps below.
- With all programs closed, click the Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
- Locate the Add/Remove Programs icon and double click it.
- Locate ATLAS Ransomware in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find ATLAS Ransomware, you can continue to step 5.
- Restart your computer.
- Close all open programs and windows on your desktop.
- Open your registry editor (regedit) program by going to Start Menu, type in regedit, and click OK.
- Find all of the following registry entries and delete them. If you do not know how to do this, then you can read how to edit the registry in Windows.
You may need to return to this removal process for removing ATLAS Ransomware. You can do this easily by bookmarking or adding a favorite to this page by clicking here. If you are using the FireFox web browser you can press the keys Ctrl and D simultaneously to bookmark this page.
Image 1. Bookmark PCHubs removal process
Delete all of the following files that are associated with ATLAS Ransomware from your computer.
If you need a better understanding on how to search for these files then you can read how to find and search for files and folders here.
If you have issues deleting any of the previously listed files that are associated with ATLAS Ransomware, you can try rebooting your computer into safe mode. Booting into safe mode may allow certain malicious files to be deleted. If you are wondering how to boot into safe mode, you can read our process for starting a computer in safe mode here.
Image 2. Select "Safe Mode with Networking"
After locating and deleting the previous files you must remove all directories associated with ATLAS Ransomware by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\ATLAS Ransomware folder, select it, and delete it. In some cases you may not be able to find this directory. You can still continue to the next step.
Restart your computer. You do not need to boot into safe mode at this point. You should have removed ATLAS Ransomware completely from your computer. If you find that ATLAS Ransomware is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic ATLAS Ransomware removal process.