Asterix Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

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

If you have landed a malicious cryptovirus called Asterix Ransomware on your computer, then you should probably read the following article, since it contains important and useful information regarding the harmful piece of software. There is also a guide down below, which will provide you with instructions on how to remove the virus from your computer and potentially deal with the aftermath of its infection. When talking about Asterix Ransomware, the first thing that we need to address is what type of virus it is. This particular piece of malware belongs to the Ransomware cryptovirus category – a type of malicious programs that are used to invade the user’s computer and run a background process known as encryption, which makes all of the targeted files inaccessible for anyone who doesn’t have the key needed to unlock them. Since usually the only people who have possession of the said key are the hackers who have developed the Ransomware, a ransom in exchange for the decryption key is demanded from the unfortunate user who has had their files sealed.

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Possible options when the files have been encrypted

The guide attached to this article also contains a section focused on restoring the access to the inaccessible data without sending any money to the hacker who has invaded the computer. However, users who read this need to be aware of the fact that it might not always be possible to restore the files using the methods show within the guide. Ransomware viruses like Asterix Ransomware are highly advanced forms of malware and there isn’t a single universal method for dealing with them. However, it is essential that you always try out all other possible options and only if nothing else works and you absolutely need to regain access to the locked data that should you consider going for the ransom. Remember that there is always a certain risk that even if you pay the requested money the key might still not be sent to you. There are many examples with users that have agreed to pay the ransom and have made the money transfer only to find out that no decryption key has been sent to them or that the key that they have received doesn’t work the way it was supposed to.

How Ransomware viruses function and what makes them so problematic

Ransomware programs are unique in the way they operate when compared to other forms of malware. A typical cryptovirus like Asterix Ransomware is not created to harm your PC or the files that are saved on it. The data encryption actually isn’t harmful on its own – it is a legitimate type of process used by many developers for file protection. Obviously, the nasty Ransomware exploits the said process and turns it against the user. However, most antivirus programs are unable to tell the difference between encryption that is run by Ransomware and one that has been initiated by the actual user. Because of this, more often than not, these cryptoviruses manage to stay hidden until their insidious task has been completed. Very few users have the luck of detecting a Ransomware infection before the virus has already encrypted the data. The potential symptoms that can be caused by Ransomware aren’t many and are normally quite subtle and unnoticeable. Some examples of sings of infection are slowed-down PC productivity and RAM and CPU spikes in the Task Manager Performance tab. Another very typical symptom of Ransomware is a decrease in the free hard-disk space that the computer has. However, you still need to bear in mind that in many instances a Ransomware infection will take mere moments to complete giving you no time for an adequate reaction. Once the encryption is finished, instructions on how to pay the ransom are usually provided within a note generated by the virus.

Protection

When talking about Ransomware, the best case scenario is if you never actually need to deal with the virus and instead, simply keep your machine clean and safe from such malicious programs. The key to ensuring the security of your computer and data is preparation and caution. The most important thing to consider is what you do online and whether or not your behavior and habits when surfing endanger your computer. Normally, the most important risk factors are suspicious and illegal websites, spam e-mail messages and different forms of malvertising. If you manage to stay away from those, the chances of landing Ransomware would be significantly reduced. Another thing that many people forget or ignore is importance of having your data backed-up on another device so that the files stay safe even if Ransomware manages to invade your PC.

 

SUMMARY:

Name Asterix
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Slow-down of the PC, RAM and CPU spikes in the Task Manager and also decreased free storage space on the hard-drive.
Distribution Method Spam e-mails and social network messages that have the virus added to them as a link or file attachment, carious forms of Internet malvertising, Trojan horse backdoor viruses, etc.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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Asterix 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

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

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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.

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:

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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:

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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.
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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 Asterix Ransomware 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!