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Little virus brings a lot of problems!

Also Known As: Say hello to little virus Ransomware
Damage level: Severe

What is Little virus brings a lot of problems?

The "Say hello to little virus brings a lot of problems!" ransomware virus infects users' computers using any security vulnerabilities detected on the system. After infiltration, this ransomware completely blocks computer screens and demands payment of $50 or $60 using MoneyPak, Vanilla Reload, or REloadit pre-paid card services in order to unblock the system.

Furthermore, this security infection encrypts .text, .jpeg, .mpg, .gif, .docx, .zip, and other file types stored on the user's computer. Commonly, ransomware viruses are disguised as law violation notifications supposedly delivered by authorities such as the FBI computer locked virus or DOJ ransomware. This particular infection, however, appears to openly state that it is a virus.

lite virus brings a lot of problems

The unique aspect of this particular ransomware is that claims to be created by Max Sokolov. This claim is highly dubious and it is unlikely that this person has any connection with ransomware infections. Cyber criminals exploit this name in order to disguise the real developers of this scam.

Moreover, it is probable that cyber criminals intended to use the name of Max Sokulsky (not Sokolov). Max is a security researcher from Russia who posts valuable ransomware removal instructions. By using his name, cyber criminals aim to compromise his work.

Computer users with infected machines should be aware that paying $50 or $60 as demanded by this message is equivalent to sending their money to cyber criminals - and with no guarantee that their computers will be unblocked.

If you observe the "Say hello to little virus brings a lot of problems!" message on your screen, do not pay any money and use the removal guide provided to eliminate this virus from your computer.

The "Say hello to little virus brings a lot of problems!" ransomware virus infiltrates users' computers using 'exploit kits'. The best way to protect your computer is to use legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs.

Exploit kits are designed to use any detected security vulnerabilities to infect computer systems, thus by keeping your operating system and installed programs up-to-date, you can lower the risk of infection. Common sources of ransomware viruses include infected email messages, drive-by downloads, and malicious websites.

If your computer is already infected with the "Say hello to little virus brings a lot of problems!" ransomware, use the removal guide provided to eliminate it and decrypt your files.

The message displayed by the "Say hello to little virus brings a lot of problems!" ransomware virus:

Say hello to little virus brings a lot of problems!

Hello! My name is Max Sokolov if you see this message it means that my little virus running on your computer. I started to create this virus since 2010, at the moment the code is so refined that no one in the world can not stop it. All your personal files (photo, documents, databases) have been encrypted by a very strong cipher. You can check this by yourself - just look for files in all folders :) Virus encrypt your files using Advanced Encryption Standard and 256 symbols randomly generated password and delete source files using DOD 5220.22-M. Virus sends this randomly generated password to our secure server and delete this password from your computer. (you can't get this password - NEVER).
This password is unique for each computer and stored on our secure server (and then erasing from this server and sending to us) and in each encrypted file. If you think that you or some specialist can get this password from encrypted file - this is unreal even for government services, because here using 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard…

I'm the only one who can save your PC :) You will be able to resume your normal day to day operations with ought any interruption. I ask to transfer a small amount (min $50 or $60) with payment systems MoneyPak, Vanilla Reload Network or REloadit.
To remove lock and decrypt your files you need to do next steps:

1. Buy MoneyPak, Vanilla Reload or REloadit card.
2. Send me email with your ID number and card code (you can use mobile Internet from your cell phone or another PC to send email)
3. Wait 1-5 hours while I will send you reply email password to unblock and decrypt your files.

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Quick menu:

"Say hello to little virus brings a lot of problems!" virus removal:

Step 1

Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer starting process press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.

Safe Mode with Networking

Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 8 users: Go to the Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click on Advanced Startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window select Advanced Startup. Click on the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into "Advanced Startup options menu".

Click on the "Troubleshoot" button, then click on "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen click on "Startup settings". Click on the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press "5" to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.

Windows 8 Safe Mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Step 2

Log in to the account infected with the "Say hello to little virus brings a lot of problems!" virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.

Note that this ransomware virus is capable of encrypting doc, pdf, jpg, rar, zip, and other files stored on an infected PC. To decrypt your files, use these tool:

Decrypt tool by Fabian Wosar Emsisoft Development Team


If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.

Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":

1. During your computer starting process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.

Boot your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt type cd restore

3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt rstrui.exe

4. In the opened window click "Next".

restore system files and settings

5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the "Say hello to little virus brings a lot of problems!" virus infiltrating your PC).

select a restore point

6. In the opened window click "Yes".

run system restore

7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remnants of the "Say hello to little virus brings a lot of problems!" virus.

Notice that this ransomware virus is capable of encrypting doc, pdf, jpg, rar, zip, and other files stored on an infected PC. To decrypt your files, use these tool:

Decrypt tool by Fabian Wosar Emsisoft Development Team

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode, making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.

After removing the "Say hello to little virus brings a lot of problems!" virus from your PC, restart your computer and scan it with legitimate antispyware software to remove any possible remnants of this security infection.

Other tools known to remove the "Say hello to little virus brings a lot of problems!" virus:

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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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