Ransomware

Remove Access Virus Ransomware (+.Access File Recovery) August 2019 Update


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This page aims to help you remove the Access Virus Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any Access file can be recovered.

What is the Access Virus?

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The Access Virus will leave a _readme.txt file with instructions.

Most computer users have probably already heard about Ransomwa threats that the Ransomware cryptoviruses like Access represent and just how awful it could be if you get attacked by one such piece of malware. One of the main problems with these infections is how sneaky they are and how difficult (and oftentimes not fully possible) it is to deal with the aftermath of their attack. We are saying “attack”, but in reality, a Ransomware cryptovirus (NdarodAdame) wouldn’t exactly harm anything in a direct way – the way it causes damage is more subtle. Instead of doing something bad to your system or corrupting your files in some way, a typical cryptovirus would simply encrypt your data – this doesn’t harm the files, it simply keeps them locked from people who do not have the decryption key that corresponds to the applied encryption code. Needless to say, you wouldn’t have access to this key if a Access or some other cryptovirus has locked your files. The only people who would initially have possession of the said key are the hackers behind this malware program. And, after your files are made inaccessible, the hackers would tell you that if you pay them money, they would send you the access and you’d be able to open your files once again. Most security specialists that research such Ransomware infections, however, state that paying the requested ransom money is not a very advisable option. After all, the people you’d be sending your money to are anonymous Internet criminals – hardly the type of people you’d like to trust with your money. They may easily decide to not send you anything even after you have followed every instruction related to the payment of the ransom and sent them the demanded sum. Besides, there’s also the possibility that the key they send you (if they send you anything in the first place) may not work properly and may not decrypt your files. Of course, even if his happens, your money would still be gone for good – this isn’t like buying something and you cannot hope for any refunds from such hackers.

Our suggestion in how to handle .access files

.access files

The ransomware will encrypt your files to .access extension

If you are indeed one of its many victims, then here is what we think may help you deal with this predicament. Down below this paragraph, you will find a guide with removal instructions for Access – follow the steps and, if you need the extra help, use the suggested removal software tool you’ll see linked below to eradicate the cryptovirus. After you do that, you can begin your attempts to restore your files through alternative means. We have a couple of file-recovery suggestions in a separate section added to the guide that you can use as your starting point. We don’t promise miracles and you should know that even our guide may not always work but it won’t cost money and would still allow you to eliminate the infection itself.

SUMMARY:

Name Access
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Most users do not notice anything before the files get locked and the ransom note pops up on their screens.
Distribution Method Sites with a lot of sketchy ads or ones with adult content as well as ones that distribute pirated software are the usual suspects here.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Access Ransomware Removal


Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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

malware-start-taskbar

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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Scan Results


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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.

Step3

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:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

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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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Access 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!


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