This page aims to help you remove JNEC.a Ransomware Virus for free. Our instructions also cover how any JNEC.a file can be recovered.
If JNEC.a finds its way inside your machine, it can block the access to all of your valuable files using its advanced encryption code. This sophisticated Ransomware cryptovirus usually reveals the consequences of its attack by placing a scary ransom notification on the screen of its victims. The ransom-demanding message typically appears out of the blue when all the data on the infected computer has been carefully encrypted with a special nearly unbreakable algorithm. With its help, the hackers, who are in control of the Ransomware inform the victims that their documents, images, audios, videos, archives and work-related files have been encrypted and will not become accessible unless a certain amount of money is paid as a ransom. Regardless of what you may try to use to open your data, an error message will most probably appear every time you click on them. Basically, you will be blackmailed to pay ransom for their liberation. Is there a way to deal with such a nasty infection and bypass the ransom payment? Well, if you stay with us, you will gain a better understanding of the nature of threats such as JNEC.a and the possible alternatives that you can use to counteract their malicious consequences. Our “How to remove” team has prepared a Removal Guide below as well as some suggestions on how to restore at least some of your files, so keep on reading to find out more.
JNEC.a uses a criminal scheme to blackmail you!
The file encryption is one of the strongest forms of data protection known to this date. The process is generally harmless and is not intended to cause harm to the files. Many businesses, banks, medical centers, software companies and networks implement the mechanism of file encryption into their work against data leakage and unauthorized access to sensitive files. Basically, the encryption process turns the information into a very complex combination of symbols, which are unrecognizable to any program. During the process, a special decryption key is also generated and when applied, it can reverse the encryption and bring the files back to normal. Those who possess that key can access the data anytime but without it, the files can’t be opened.
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
Unfortunately, the cyber criminals have found a way to use data protection method as the foundation of their nasty blackmailing scheme. They have invented malicious pieces of software such as JNEC.a which can secretly infect any computer and encrypt all the files found there. This way, the victims are unable to access their data and are blackmailed to pay a ransom in order to obtain the decryption key. As carriers of the Ransomware viruses could be used many types of web content including Trojan horse viruses, exploit kits, fake ads, misleading links, infected email attachments and spam. Sadly, the timely detection is nearly impossible and, in most of the cases, the malware manages to complete its nasty encryption in stealth.
Can the Ransomware be removed and the files recovered in any way?
Being well informed is crucial if you are want to deal with a Ransomware attack in the best way possible. The reason is, there are certain risks with this type of malware as well as some possible courses of action, which need to be carefully considered before doing anything. It is very important to understand the complexity of the file encryption and the fact that, in some cases, its reversal may not be possible. A significant amount of data may remain encrypted for an indefinite period of time due to the attack. Still, this should not get you panicked because the battle is not lost until you have exhausted all possible alternatives. For instance, if you do a bit of research, you may find that it might be a good idea to remove JNEC.a from your computer and try to recover some of your files from backups. You can use copies from external drives or other devices, email inbox or cloud storage. Our “How to remove” team has listed some file-recovery steps below, which you may also want to try out. The instructions there can show both how to remove the Ransomware and also give you some potential restoration options for your data. Indeed, we cannot give you a guarantee that everything will be back to normal but paying the ransom to the hackers also does not guarantee that your files will be fully recovered. It is much more likely for them to vanish with your money than send you the secret decryption key or even worse, to ask you for more money if you’ve already paid once.
|Danger Level||High (JNEC.a Ransomware encrypts all types of files)|
|Symptoms||JNEC.a 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.|
Remove JNEC.a Ransomware
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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: IP related to JNEC.a
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 JNEC.a.
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 as there could be a link between them and JNEC.a , 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 – JNEC.a
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 JNEC.a 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: JNEC.a Decryption
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the JNEC.a 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.