.Bora is a variant of a malicious software category known as Ransomware. An infection with .Bora is generally invisible until the malware completes its agenda.
If you are on this page, the hackers behind .Bora have most likely notified you that your files have been encrypted. They have also probably told you that if you ever want to access those files again, you should pay a fixed amount of money as a ransom. And, indeed, if a scary ransom-demanding message has suddenly appeared on your screen, you have probably lost the access to most of the data on your computer.
Nevertheless, don’t be afraid – in this guide, you will find detailed instructions on how to deal with this situation, and although we can’t promise a 100% recovery, it certainly won’t cause any harm to give our guide a try, and most importantly, to remove .Bora from your system.
The .Bora virus
The .Bora virus is a serious infection which can lock-up some of your files by encrypting them. Since the encryption process used by the .Bora virus isn’t harmful to the files, most antivirus programs cannot detect the infection.
Once it has nested inside the system, the cryptovirus like .Bora, .Reco, .Noos will gradually begin encrypting your documents, images, videos, audios, and other frequently used digital data. When the encryption process is completed, the Ransomware will then use a message like the one described above to demand a ransom. To be precise, the ransom is demanded for a special decryption key, which is kept with the hackers, and is the only thing that can unlock the sealed information.
The .Bora file encryption
The .Bora file encryption is likely to remain on the affected files even once the virus is removed. In most cases, the .Bora file encryption can be reversed only with the application of the corresponding decryption key.
However, how to proceed if you don’t want to pay a ransom to some anonymous hackers, or simply don’t have the required money? Our first advice is to remain calm, and explore your options. Understand that you are dealing with cyber criminals who have had no moral issue with infecting your computer, and demanding money from you. Therefore, there is no reason to believe anything they promise you. Therefore, it is much more advisable to explore some other alternatives, which do not involve giving your money to some anonymous blackmailers.
For instance, in the removal guide below, you will find some file-recovery suggestions which our “How to remove” team is offering for free. There are also easy-to-follow steps on how to detect, and remove .Bora from your system manually, or with the help of a professional removal tool.
Of course, we can’t promise that this will restore all your files, and get everything back to the way it used to be, but before you surrender to the hackers, and pay the ransom, it is a good idea for you to try to recover your system by whatever free means are available to you.
|Danger Level||High (.Bora Ransomware encrypts all types of files)|
|Symptoms||.Bora Ransomware is hard to detect and aside from increased use of RAM and CPU, there would barely be any other visible red flags.|
|Distribution Method||Most of the time, Trojans get distributed through spam e-mails and social network messages, malicious ads, shady and pirated downloads, questionable torrents and other similar methods.|
.Bora Ransomware Removal
Note: Before you go any further, we advise you to bookmark this page or have it open on a separate device such as your smartphone or another PC. Some of the steps might require you to exit your browser on this PC.
2: Task Manager
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to enter the Task Manager. Go to the Tab labeled Processes (Details for Win 8/10). Carefully look through the list of processes that are currently active on you PC.
If any of them seems shady, consumes too much RAM/CPU or has some strange description or no description at all, right-click on it, select Open File Location and delete everything there.
Also, even if you do not delete the files, be sure to stop the process by right-clicking on it and selecting End Process.
3: IP related to .Bora
Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. Open the hosts file with notepad.
Find where it says Localhost and take a look below that.
If you see any IP addresses there (below Localhost) send them to us here, in the comments since they might be coming from the .Bora.
4: Disable Startup programs
Re-open the Start Menu and type msconfig.
Click on the first search result. In the next window, go to the Startup tab. If you are on Win 10, it will send you to the Startup part of the task manager instead, as in the picture:
If you see any sketchy/shady looking entries in the list with an unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer name that looks suspicious as there could be a link between them and .Bora , disable those programs and select OK.
5: Registry Editor
Press Windows key + R and in the resulting window type regedit.
Now, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus.
Delete everything that gets found. If you are not sure about whether to delete something, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments. Keep in mind that if you delete the wrong thing, you might cause all sorts of issues to your PC.
6: Deleting potentially malicious data – .Bora
Type each of the following locations in the Windows search box and hit enter to open the locations:
Delete everything you see in Temp linked to .Bora Ransomware. About the other folders, sort their contents by date and delete only the most recent entries. As always, if you are not sure about something, write to us in the comment section.
7: .Bora Decryption
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the .Bora Ransomware from your PC. However, in order to regain access to your files, you will also need to decrypt them or restore them. For that, we have a separate article with detailed instructions on what you have to do in order to unlock your data. Here is a link to that guide.