Published Sep 26, 2012 | Updated Sep 15, 2017

Win32/Weelsof

Severe |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

Aliases: No associated aliases

Summary

Windows Defender detects and removes this threat.

This family of ransomware threats displays a localized webpage that covers your desktop and demands the payment of a fine for the supposed possession of illicit material.

Some variants of Win32/Weelsof can make lasting changes to your PC that make it difficult for you to download, install, run, or update your antivirus software.

Find out ways that malware can get on your PC.  

There is no one-size-fits-all response if you have been victimized by ransomware. There is no guarantee that paying the ransom will give you access to your files.

If you've already paid, see our ransomware page for help on what to do now.

Run antivirus or antimalware software

The following free Microsoft software detects and removes this threat:

Even if we've already detected and removed this particular threat, running a full scan might find other malware that is hiding on your PC.

Advanced troubleshooting

To restore your PC, you might need to download and run Windows Defender Offline. See our advanced troubleshooting page for more help.

You can also ask for help from other PC users at the Microsoft virus and malware community.

If you’re using Windows XP, see our Windows XP end of support page.