AES256 File Encryption Removal (File Recovery Included)

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This page aims to help you remove AES256 File Encryption for free. Our instructions also cover how any AES256 file can be recovered.

Today’s article is about AES256 – an encryption cipher of a new generation used for Ransomware. You have probably heard this term. It refers to software that is capable of encrypting your files or blocking your screen, after which it tends to harass you into paying ransom in exchange for decrypting data or unblocking screens. All the qualities of AES256 in particular and Ransomware as a whole are thoroughly discussed in the text below. Take your time and read it carefully, as you are facing the most hazardous cyber threat ever created.

Ransomware – ways of functioning

The way these viruses work is pretty much the same, no matter what type of Ransomware you have come across – ransom is likely to be demanded for undoing what this program has done to your PC. In case you are facing an infection caused by the file-encrypting types of Ransomware, the category AES256 falls into, some of your data will be blocked and a ransom amount will be required for setting that data free. In other words, these programs could make your most important files totally inaccessible to you and you will be informed that the only way to access them again is to pay money to the people who are harassing you. Once such a program infects your computer, it will create a detailed list with all the targeted files by scanning your drives and after that, all of them will be encoded. We have to say that this is probably the worst version of Ransomware, as you may lose your access to really essential private or work-related files.

The contamination that is bothering you could be monitor-blocking Ransomware. In such a case, either the screen of your computer or the display of your mobile device (tablets and smartphones) will be blocked. No data becomes a victim of this software, however, it will be impossible for you to reach any folder, icon or shortcut and access your free data. Again, the hackers inform you via a notification that you should pay ransom to unblock your screen. This kind of infection is not as dangerous as the file-encrypting one, as it doesn’t alter your files, however, it could be equally hard to fight. In some rare cases, Ransomware-based viruses could be used for punishing criminals and hackers. Only in such extreme ways could they be made to pay fines for violating laws or evading taxes, etc. Certain government agencies could use the help of such software for positive purposes.

How you are likely to catch such an awful virus

The most usual sources of viruses, such as Ransomware with Encryption AES256 are the following ones:

  • Spam emails and attachments: Ransomware could come from spam emails. In this case, it sometimes comes along with a Trojan horse virus. The Trojan serves the Ransomware by exploiting any system/program vulnerability and letting it inside the victim’s system. The email attachments may also contain this type of malware – even the photos and documents, not only the attached executable files. After that the scenario is always the same: the encryption process takes places and you are then supposed to pay for the unlocking of your screen or your data.
  • Fake ads, update requests and pop-ups that are sometimes broadcast on your monitor: The virus may automatically come from a contagious ad, update request or pop-up of any sort that may be displayed on your screen. Once you click on any of them, even accidentally, your system catches the malicious program that they lead to immediately.
  • File, software and torrent-sharing websites: Although all web pages could contain malware, the ones that (probably) illegally spread movies, software and other torrents are the most likely to be infected. Be careful with them all.  

Is there a right choice – pay or not to pay, when it comes to AES256?

Honestly, you have to make a decision and this choice will be equally risky, no matter what you decide to do. Even if you complete the requested payment, your files may never be accessible to you again. The consequences of such malware are extremely difficult to reverse and even experts may find it quite complicated to deal with such a hard task. Our honest opinion is that you should refrain from paying the hackers and try the Removal Guide below first. It will show you how to locate and remove AES256 and might even succeed in restoring your files. If this doesn’t happen, then you may consider paying the ransom. We cannot promise your files will be returned, but at least you will not be doing business with criminals in this way.

SUMMARY:

NameUnknown (a variety of Ransomware viruses using the AES256 encryption)
TypeRansomware
Danger LevelHigh (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
SymptomsUsually no clear signs of the infection, before the ransom-requiring alert is generated. 
Distribution MethodFake pop-ups: ads and update requests mostly. Infected web pages and contagious spam as well.
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AES256 File Encryption 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

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove AES256 successfully!

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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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!
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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 AES256 files

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

If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!