The File Extensions Database

.WNRY File Extension

  • Category: Encoded Files

What is an .WNRY file?

.WNRY is WannaCry Virus Encrypted File

A file with a WNRY extension has been encrypted by WannaCry ransomware (also known as WannaCrypt0r, WannaCrypt, and WCry), which is malware utilized by cybercriminals. It contains a file, such as an .MP4, .DOCX, .MPG, .BAK, or .PDF file, that has been renamed and encrypted by the virus. WNRY files became prevalent in 2017 and are variants of the .WCRY and .WNCRY encrypted files.

The purpose of the WannaCry virus is to take a user's files hostage then force the user to pay the cybercriminals (by way of bitcoin) to unlock his files. The virus is primarily spread via phishing spam emails designed to coax the victim into opening a malicious email attachment. Once the virus affects a user's computer it begins scrambling his files, renaming them, and encrypting them. It appends the WNRY extension onto the file extension. For example, a user's example.xlsx file becomes example.xlsx.wnry. The virus then generates a .TXT ransom note informing the user of the takeover and what the user needs to do to recover his files.

NOTE: There is no program currently available to effectively restore WNRY files. If a user backed up his files he can execute a full system restore.

How to solve problems with WNRY files

  • Associate the WNRY file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any WNRY file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.WNRY files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the WNRY file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .WNRY is WannaCry Virus Encrypted File. Because only the current version supports the latest WNRY file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the N/A manufacturer website after an available .WNRY is WannaCry Virus Encrypted File update.
  • To make sure that your WNRY file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.