_Recover_ Virus/Ransomware File Encryption Removal

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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This page aims to help you remove _Recover_ Virus. These _Recover_ Virus removal instructions work for all versions of Windows. The _Recover_ Virus commonly creates a .mp3 file extension that denotes your files were encrypted by a strong encryption with RSA-4096.

_Recover_ Virus is among the most atrocious viruses in existence. Its name comes from its power to prevent you from using your PC and to demand a certain amount of money as ransom. Compared to other viruses that steal your data or try to enter your bank account a ransomware virus deals in direct money extortion from its victims.

Back in the day, viruses like _Recover_ Virus were actually commonly known as PC lockers. This type aimed to prevent the infected computer from being used by its user. The person is locked out of all functionality. Usually, he/she would get a message on the screen explaining how to pay the ransom in order to restore functionality. All windows keys, functions, shortcuts would be inaccessible. Sometimes you could become a witness of some horrible things coming to your screen, such as: pornographic pictures and sounds, fake warnings that you are a suspect in a police investigation and have to pay a fine. The outside “package” of _Recover_ Virus changes regularly. The thought behind that is to make the user pay the money rather than to look for help elsewhere.  The core of the scam never changes– you can’t use your computer and you have to pay to restore functionality.

  • Payment should never be considered as option number one when dealing with _Recover_ Virus.  Instructions to combat these type of viruses are regularly published online and everyone can remove them successfully. Experienced folks could also assist you in uninstalling the virus for much cheaper if you end up looking for outside help.

The effect of the ransomware basically means that once encrypted by the virus, files remain encrypted even if the virus is removed. Decryption by brute force is practically impossible – the only hope for decryption comes from reverse-engineering the virus and learning the logic used to create the encryption key. Of course, some alternative recovery methods exist – they focus on recovering the original pre-encryption filеs. When encrypted this file is not transformed into the encrypted file, but rather deleted. The encrypted file exists as a separate entity and the original file can be recovered much in a similar way to the accidentally deleted file. This method does promise full recovery for all encrypted files, but can produce good results if action against the ransomware is taken swiftly.

_Recover_ Virus commonly include a ‘stopwatch’ to put more pressure on their victims and they ask for payment in Bitcoin –no option for paying cash, via PayPal, debit or credit cards. Bitcoin currency is a form of online currency that is virtually untraceable by the authorities. Victims who have their PCs infected with _Recover_ Virus  should immediately shut down the computer and notify the system administration in order to minimize the damage.

  • Payment for ransomware viruses is generally strongly discouraged – it should only ever be attempted as a last resort after all other options are exhausted.

The rapid spreading of _Recover_ Virus actually happens because of the famous Trojan horse virus. The Trojan tends to carry ransomware with itself. These Trojan horses are created specifically to work in tandem with ransomware viruses in order to assist them infect PC on which the Trojan is already present.  A ransomware virus can also be hidden in the guise of a self-extracting ZIP archive file. These files can be spread around by other types of malware, are often loaded in torrent files and online sharing platforms. Email spam bombs are also likely to contain the virus.

The removal guide we have put together will help you uninstall the ransomware that has ‘blocked’ your computer, but advise for the future: save all of your important files in more than one drive so even if your computer gets the malware and the files get encrypted you will still have a legit original of them.


Name _Recover_  (The Note displayed with this name)
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (It doesn’t get much worse than this)
Symptoms You may experience general PC slowdown as your files are getting encrypted. Once the ransomware note is created the virus will reveal itself.
Distribution Method Trojan horse virus is one of its main distributors, but can also be directly installed via dangerous email attachments and infected executable files.
Detection Tool Ransomware are notoriously difficult to track down, since they actively try to deceive you. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner to make sure you find all files related to the infection.


Remove _Recover_ Virus

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

This is the first preparation.


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.

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The first thing you must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this. The _Recover_ Virus may have hidden some of its files.

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:

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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.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.


We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



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 make a big mistake.

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 our for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!


How to Decrypt files infected with _Recover_ Virus

There is only one known way to remove this virus successfully – reversing your files to a time when they were not infected. There are two options you have for this:

The first is a full system restore. To do this type System Restore in the windows search field and choose a restore point. Click Next until done.

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Your second option is a program called Recuva

Go to the official site for Recuva and download it from there – the free version has everything you currently need.

When you start the program select the files types you want to recover. You probably want all files.

Next select the location. You probably want Recuva to scan all locations.

Now click on the box to enable Deep Scan. The program will now start working and it may take a really long time to finish – maybe even several hours if your HDD is really big, so be patient and take a break if necessary.

You will now get a big list of files to pick from. Select all relevant files you need and click Recover.

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