.Astra Virus Removal (+File Recovery)

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

We hear about computer viruses fairly often, yet it never really registers with us until they hit home – literally. Most people (up until recently) hadn’t even heard of a cyber threat known as ransomware and usually have no idea about it until it actually infects them. Like with one of the latest ransomware variants, .Astra Virus, we have received so many complaints and cries for help from users, whose files have been encrypted by its sophisticated, malicious algorithm. If you have found yourself among them, chances are you weren’t too well aware of what ransomware is and what it does. Well, now you do. Unfortunately, this type of malware is among the most difficult to deal with, because very often the consequences of its actions prove to be irreversible. In addition to that, they’re very difficult to block, once they’ve already invaded your system, but we will explain more about that later on in the article. We recommend you read all the information presented here, after which you can head over to our specialized removal guide on this same page. It will show you how to manually remove .Astra Virus from your PC and it might even be helpful in restoring some of your files.

.Astra Ransomware

.Astra File

The reasons for ransomware’s success

Besides being so incredibly dangerous, ransomware viruses also very, very popular. Millions of new, unique variants are developed and released each year, making this is also among the most profitable cyber threats in the world. But how do they do it? Well, for one, viruses like .Astra Virus are capable of remaining unnoticed on the victim’s machine by the antivirus program that may be installed on it. This happens because the process of encrypting your files is not an inherently malicious one. Much on the contrary, it’s used as a means of protecting data and is something the modern world would simply be unthinkable without. In addition to that, there are little to no symptoms of an ongoing infection that could alert the victim user. Very rarely you might be able to notice a significant system slowdown that could give it away. Upon inspecting your Task Manager for suspicious processes consuming a large portion of your PC’s resources, you might even succeed in detecting the ransomware. But, again, these are very rare cases.

.Astra Virus 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!

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. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

>> Click to Download Spyhunter. If you don't want this software, continue with the guide below.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware & virus scanner is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase its full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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. 

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!
You can possibly recover parasite files by downloading Data Recovery Pro. At minimum, its free scanner can tell you if you can get them back.
Download Data Recovery Pro from here.

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 .Astra Virus 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!

The simplest and ideal way of fighting ransomware infections is preventing them from happening in the first place. It’s actually a very easy task if people would simply use their common sense and basic safety measures when browsing the web. For example, you should know better than to interact with random spam emails you may receive. Furthermore, you should never download or open any attachments or links in such emails. It would also be fairly easy and obvious to avoid online ads, because these are among the leading transmitters for both viruses like .Astra Virus and other malware. Try not to interact with any popups, banners, notifications or, above all, fake system update requests that happen to come your way when you’re online. Another very effective way of rendering ransomware harmless is keeping copies of your most important files on a separate drive. That way all you have to do is remove the virus and you’re safe to recover your data right away, without any losses.

But now that you’ve already been infected with .Astra Virus, what options do you have? Well, first of all, you need to remove the virus before you attempt do anything else. Otherwise it may simply affect other files, lead other viruses in, etc. As pointed out earlier, you can do that with the help of our remove guide below. After that, you can use the specified instructions in it to try and recover your files from system backups. We don’t promise that this will necessarily work in each and every case, because every case is different. But it’s still worth giving a try. In addition, you can try using one of the decryptor tools in the list we have published. The list is frequently updated, so the decryptor tool that can do the job for you might just be in it. You can also try contacting a professional of your choice. Whatever you decide, though, we don’t advise you to resort to paying the hackers – at least not right away. Aside from other things, you will be risking throwing your money away and not getting anything in return.

SUMMARY:

Name .Astra
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.