Since I assume your personal files are all “infected” with the .aaa file extension and you are wondering what it is, you should know – it is a highly sophisticated encryption that is a living nightmare for anyone trying to solve it.
The .aaa file extension is native to the newest and ugliest version of the CryptoWall ransomware – the proverbial boogeyman even among its peers. I understand this worries you and you are in a hurry, but please take the time to read the rest of this first section since your situation is probably quite delicate. The first and foremost thing you should know – do not pay the ransom the virus wants you to pay. This should be your last desperation move if everything else fails. Also, if you received any messages that the decryption key for your files might be destroyed if you tamper with Cryptowall’s .aaa file extension, in all likelihood this can really happen. Which is exactly why you need to carefully examine everything here before proceeding. There is no room for mistakes on your part.
However, if you are tempted to just pay up and be done with it, consider this: there is nothing to stop the .aaa file extension creators from simply taking your money and leaving your files encrypted. This may sound like a something that’s bad for business, but it actually can really happen. How can such a thing be profitable at all then?, is the other question, if you consider they might not unlock the .aaa file extension and leave your system. The answer to this is simple:
Your Personal Information Might be Exposed!
This is not a joke at all. This includes any credit cards connected to accounts.
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STEP 1: Removing Cryptowall 3.0
Before you can successfully get rid of the .aaa file extension you need to remove CryptoWall, as if you fail to do so, the virus may just encrypt your files yet again.
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
There are several ways to get rid of CryptoWall. Unfortunately, it is quite hard to make a proper removal guide for this locker, because the directories CryptoWall installs itself in change with each iteration. However we can help you with the following:
- Type regedit in the Windows Search Field. Search for CryptoWall or TeslaCrypt in your registries and delete anything with that name. But be extremely careful – if you delete the wrong thing here, you can permanently damage your system.
- Type %temp% in the Windows Search Field and delete all the files in the folder you are transported to.
Hopefully these two things can remove the virus for you. However if it does not, your only solution is likely to employ a professional CryptoWall remover.
STEP 3: How to Decrypt the .AAA file extension
There is only one known way to remove the .aaa file extension successfully, barring actually giving in the to the demands of the people who created Cryptowall 3.0 – reversing your files to a time
when they were not infected.
There are two options you have for this:
The first is to do a full system restore. This can take care of the .aaa file extension for you completely. To do this just type System Restore in the windows search field and choose a restore point. Click Next until done.
Your second option is a program called Shadow Volume Copies.
Open the Shadow Explorer part of the package and choose the Drive (C or D usually) you want to restore information from. Right click on any file you want to restore and click Export on it.
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