[email protected] Ransomware Virus Removal (File Recovery)
Yet another Ransomware has been released to terrorize its victims
If you’ve ended up on this article, it’s probably due to a recent case of [email protected] on your computer. This virus is one of the latest of the Ransomware type – those are notorious for locking up the files on the computers they’ve gotten into. If the users want to regain access to their own files, they’d have to pay a certain amount of money so as to get their documents back (hence Ransomware). These kind of malicious programs are currently the bane of all online security systems. Often antivirus software cannot detect them and users remain unaware of the virus’ presence until it is way too late. In this article we will attempt to help you both with removing the nasty Ransomware from your PC as well as with learning how to fend off any future infections by this sort of harmful software.
- Disclaimer: Due to the specific way Ransomware viruses work, it is often very hard to come up with an effective way to counteract them. With that being said, know that sometimes even the best methods for dealing with such a virus may turn out to be ineffective. Our removal guide, even though usually successful, does not guarantee you that you will get your files back. This is to show just how important it is to keep your computer well protected against [email protected] and other similar malicious software.
[email protected]’s agenda
One of the most important things that you need to know when it comes to Ransomware is how those viruses work. You see, they are quite different from other, more conventional viruses such as Trojans or other malware. Unlike other malicious programs, [email protected] does not actually try to damage your PC or files. It also does not seek to steal money from you – you’re supposed to willingly send them to the hacker who’s in control of the Ransomware. When the nasty software gets inside your system, it starts copying all your files. The only difference between the copies and the originals is that the copies are all encrypted by a sophisticated code. This means that you cannot access those files unless you have the code needed for reading through the encryption. After the virus makes sure all your files have been copied into encrypted copies, it deletes the originals leaving you with the inaccessible copies.
- Important note: The encryption process may take a while – maybe just enough for you to notice that something’s wrong and intercept the whole process. Usually, during the process the virus uses up considerable amounts of your PC’s resources such as CPU, RAM and free storage space. Therefore, if you notice that those are being overused for no apparent reason, it might be due to a Ransomware infection. If that’s the case, shut your PC down ASAP and bring it to a specialist. Also, if you suspect a Ransomware infection, DO NOT connect any external devices to your PC as they might get infected as well.
Concerning potential ransom payment
Next comes the ransom part. After the whole encryption process has finished, the virus displays a message on your screen. This message tells you that you need to transfer a certain amount of bitcoins to the hacker if you want to get the code for your files. Instructions on how to make the transfer are also provided within the message.
- Our advice: paying the ransom might seem like an actual option for some of you. However, we recommend that you do not go for it. First of all, nothing guarantees that you’d actually get the encryption code. Also, secondly, paying the ransom would only encourage the criminal to keep on blackmailing more and more victims.
Some more very important tips
Make sure that you remember the following points, because they’d be invaluable for you in future encounters with such malicious programs.
- Ransomware often gets inside people’s PC’s with the help of some other malware/virus. That is why it is extremely important to always make sure that you have good and reliable anti-virus software that you update frequently.
- Backing up your important files on a separate device that has no connection to the internet can basically neutralize the need to pay ransom to the hackers, since you’d always have an extra copy of those files, which cannot be reached by the virus.
- Do not open suspicious e-mails and do not visit or download anything from illegal or shady sites. Those two are basically the most common methods for distributing most types of malicious programs and [email protected] as well as other Ransomware are no exception.
[email protected] Ransomware Virus Removal
Here is what you need to do in order to remove a Ransomware virus from you computer.
I – Reveal Hidden files and folders and utilize the task manager
- Use the Folder Options in order to reveal the hidden files and folders on your PC. If you do not know how to do that, follow this link.
- Open the Start Menu and in the search field type Task Manager.
- Open the first result and in the Processes tab, carefully look through the list of Processes.
- If you notice with the virus name or any other suspicious-looking or that seems to consume large amounts of memory, right-click on it and open its file location. Delete everything in there.
- Make sure that the hidden files and folders on your PC are visible, else you might not be able to see everything.
- Go back to the Task Manager and end the shady process.
II – Boot to Safe Mode
- Boot your PC into Safe Mode. If you do not know how to do it, use this guide/linked/.
III – Identify the threat
- Go to the ID Ransomware website. Here is a direct link.
- Follow there in order to identify the specific virus you are dealing with.
IV – Decrypt your files
- Once you have identified the virus that has encrypted your files, you must acquire the respective tool to unlock your data.
- Open your browser and search for how to decrypt ransomware, look for the name of the one that has infected your system.
- With any luck, you’d be able to find a decryptor tool for your ransomware. If that doesn’t happen try Step V as a last ditch effort to save your files.
V – Use Recuva to restore files deleted by the virus
- Download the Recuva tool. This will help you restore your original files so that you won’t need to actually decrypt the locked ones.
- Once you’ve downloaded the program, open it and select Next.
- Now choose the type of files you are seeking to restore and continue to the next page.
- When asked where your files were, before they got deleted, either use the option In a specific location and provide that location or choose the opt for the I am not sure alternative – this will make the program look everywhere on your PC.
- Click on Next and for best results, enable the Deep Scan option (note that this might take some time).
- Wait for the search to finish and then select which of the listed files you want to restore.