8upt97g Ransomware


8upt97g is a ransomware cryptovirus that encrypts user data, thus denying anyone from access to said data. 8upt97g is essentially part of an elaborate blackmail scheme that extorts money from users in exchange for granting them access to their own files. 


Most PC users tend to have some form of important data stored on their computers that they certainly do not want to lose. This, however, is exactly what the creators of malicious malware threats like 8upt97g , Isal and Iswr rely on. Viruses like 8upt97g are nasty pieces of malware that utilize data encryption as a means of making their victims unable to access or use any of the personal files that are present on their computers.

The 8upt97g virus

The name that is typically used to refer to malware programs like the 8upt97g virus is ransomware cryptoviruses. Variants like the 8upt97g virus are the nastiest and most difficult to deal with subcategory of ransomware.

And 8upt97g is by far one of the latest additions to this nefarious family of viruses. If you are among its many victims, this means that your files are probably inaccessible right now as they have gotten locked by the malware’s encryption code. Typically, once the ransomware completes this stage of its agenda, it goes on to blackmail its victims by telling them that their only hope of recovering the inaccessible personal files is through the payment of a certain amount of money as a ransom. The payment of the ransom needs to be carried out following strict and specific steps that are explained in a special ransom message that is generated on the infected machine once the files on it have been encrypted.

In case you are dealing with a similar problem right now, it is important to first acquaint yourself with the specifics of this virus and learn more about the different options you have right now before you do something impulsive that may lead to more problems.

The 8upt97g file encryption

The 8upt97g file encryption is highly sophisticated and prevents any software from recognizing the format of the affected files. Hence, the 8upt97g file decryption key that the hackers demand you pay for is supposed to make the files recognizable again.

There are basically two options in a situation like this – either you pay the money demanded by the blackmailers and hope that they will allow you to get your data back or you try to take care of this problem using alternative means. Depending on what you choose to do, there are different consequences that may come from it but it’s important that you know that no matter what you opt for, you may still not restore all of your data.

Let’s, for example, say that you pay the money – this may indeed bring your files back but it may also turn out to be an utter and pointless waste of money. After all, the people behind 8upt97g are dishonest hackers that may or may not keep their promise and allow you to retrieve your files. On the other hand, the alternative methods available to you may not always be as effective as you’d like. Still, to help those of you who do not wish to pay the ransom, we have prepared a guide for the elimination of 8upt97g with some added data-recovery options that may help some of you. Even if you do not manage to get all of your files back, you should still be able to at least clean your computer if you try the guide below, which is essential if you want to make your computer safe for future use.


Danger LevelHigh (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
SymptomsIn most cases, there aren’t any symptoms other than RAM and CPU spikes before the ransom note pops up.
Distribution MethodThe hackers use a wide variety of distribution methods ranging from spam letters, malicious ads, clickbait links, pirated games and more.
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Remove 8upt97g Ransomware


Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.



    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

    hosts_opt (1)


    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

    Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:



    Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

    • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.


    Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

    Search for the ransomware  in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

    Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

    1. %AppData%
    2. %LocalAppData%
    3. %ProgramData%
    4. %WinDir%
    5. %Temp%

    Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!



    How to Decrypt 8upt97g files

    We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


    About the author


    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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