As you know, most forms of PC malware out there seeks to damage or corrupt the infected system in some way or steal some important personal information from the user’s computer once the infection has occurred. Here, however, we will be focusing on one different type of malware virus, a malicious and dangerous program called [email protected] Ransomware that targets the user’s files and encrypts them as a part of its blackmailing agenda. This particular PC threat is a representative of the Ransomware cryptovirus group of malware programs. You might have already heard about Ransomware because viruses of his category seem to be everywhere nowadays and for a good reason – these cyber threats are typically highly advanced and are some of the most effective forms of malware you could encounter. This is the reason why we believe that it’s of utmost importance that each of our readers is well acquainted with the specifics of this malware class as this could greatly help them keep their files secured and protected against potential cryptovirus infections. We understand that there are already quite a lot of victims to [email protected] and a number of this article’s readers might have actually come to this page hoping to find help against the insidious malware virus that [email protected] is. The good news is that we might be able to offer you some assistance when it comes to dealing with the cryptovirus and having it removed from the computer. The bad news is that we can’t promise you full recovery from the infection especially when it comes to the condition of your data and the potential for its restoration. Nevertheless, its advisable that you read all the information that we have provided you with within this write-up and use the instructions from the guide down below as those will help you with the removal of [email protected] Ransomware which is an essential part of the process of restoring your files and also making your computer secure again.
Remove [email protected] Ransomware Virus
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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: The Hosts file
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 virus.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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 , 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
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 [email protected] 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.
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the [email protected] 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.
Specifics of Ransomware cryptoviruses
There are actually several types of Ransomware threats. The two most commonly encountered forms of Ransomware are the screen-lockers and the cryptoviruses. The screen-lockers are typically seen as the less problematic and less advanced Ransomware subcategory. Normally, screen-locker threats make use of a big pop-up banner that they superimpose on the user’s screen thus denying the access to the computer interface. Unless the demanded ransom is paid, the banner would not get removed and the PC would stay locked. Although this might sound scary, it’s actually easier to deal with a screen-locker than it is to handle an infection with a cryptovirus like [email protected] The reason is most cryptovirus infections are highly advanced and the encryption process that they employ when locking the targeted user data is normally reversible only through the use of a special decryption key – a key that the user is supposed to pay for by carrying out the demanded ransom transaction. The problem here, aside from the fact that the demanding sum might be quite sizeable, is the fact that even after the money is paid, there is no real guarantee that the hackers would stay true to their word and supply the user with the needed key for the sealed files. There are may real-life examples where the key wasn’t sent despite the malware victim having paid the money. Due to this, we believe that it’s not the best of ideas to go directly for the money payment. In fact, this course of action should be your last resort option in case nothing else works. As we already said, below you can find a guide with [email protected] removal and data restoration instructions and while it might not always be enough to deal with all the consequences of a Ransomware infection, trying it costs nothing and there’s still some chance for success.
Data and PC protection tips
Needless to say, it’s always better to simply make sure that your computer never gets infected. We are sure that you know the most important precautions in order to ensure the safety of your machine – keep away from illegal sites, do not download pirated content, do not interact with sketchy-looking web ads and online offers that are obviously fake and deceitful, do not open anything that might be spam and so on. However, two things that many people overlook is the importance of having a good antivirus program and having a backup of any data files you might fear losing. Remember those two tips as well as all the previous ones and employ them with consistency and care in order to ensure that your computer and files stay safe and protected against any future malware threat.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||If you notice that your machine is using too much RAM or CPU time without any visible reason, the cause behind this might be a Ransomware infection.|
|Distribution Method||Malicious and illegal sites, pirated software programs that you can download, spam messages, Trojans used as backdoor and so on.|
Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.