.Atlas Virus File Removal (+File Recovery)

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

In the paragraphs below you will find the description of a program named .Atlas Virus. This program is categorized as Ransomware and is famous for entering your system without any assistance – on its own. Later, this virus will be able to scan all your drives/disks as a part of its plan to search for the files you normally access on a regular basis. Following this activity, the Ransomware-based program can and usually does encrypt this data and makes it completely unreachable. This article has been compiled so as to inform you about all the characteristics of this malware. Furthermore, as we do care about your system’s health, we have also shared some prevention advice and a fully functional Removal Guide to help you get rid of this malicious software.

.Atlas Virus File

The basic features of all Ransomware-type products:

All Ransomware-based programs are usually set to lock a component of your system up. Then a demand for a ransom payment follows. You will be supposed to pay the hackers in exchange for which they promise to unblock whatever files they had encrypted on your PC. Later in the article you will see some information about the different versions of Ransomware and their targets. Such a malicious product is capable of blocking screens, desktops, files, directories, etc. Ransomware-based viruses could be divided in the following categories:

  • Data-locking Ransomware:
    This is the most common and frightening subcategory of this malware. .Atlas Virus, the program we are talking about in this article, also falls into that group. Actually, this means that the known file-encrypting forms of Ransomware are fully able to invade your computer; check for the data you normally use; and make all such files completely inaccessible to you. This kind of contamination is actually one of the most difficult kind to combat, as even though you may succeed in removing the virus, your data might end up inaccessible for good. Or you might even decide to pay and rely on the hackers to do as they promised, but it’s possible that they may not to grant you back with the access to your encrypted files. In the end you can end up deprived of both your money and your data.
  • Mobile devices attacking Ransomware:
    These versions of Ransomware are NOT exploited for any encryption processes. They still block a component of your system, but it’s only the displays of all your portable devices such as smartphones and phablets/tablets.
  • Ransomware attacking the desktops of computers:
    Again, your desktop/ monitor will be locked and you will be supposed to pay ransom in exchange for the opportunity to access it back again.

Is there a functioning solution to such a harmful and intrusive infection?

This is one of the questions without clear and concrete answers. We can claim that it’s simpler, however, no positive result is guaranteed, if you notice the contamination while it’s still in progress. To our disappointment, though, such a scenario occurs very rarely to few users only. Some of them may experience a slower system performance and check their Task Manager to look for whatever wrong has been going on. When they spot an odd process in progress, what needs to be done is to turn off the affected PC and NOT run it again before making a decision about what to do afterwards. In case the infection has already occurred, which is the typical case, the affected user gets a notification asking for ransom about that and not much could really be done to reverse the process. Everything is a risk at that point. Our advice to you is just to ignore the hackers’ demands, as there will be other potential solutions such as the Removal Guide we have attached below. And as expected, the most efficient way of removing such a frightening virus is NOT to get infected by it in the first place.

Which possible sources to stay away from so as to avoid viruses like .Atlas Virus?

What you can do is to just avoid the typical sources of Ransomware, which are mainly:

  • Any form of spam:
    Spam emails both inside your Inbox or Spam folders could contain Ransomware programs. Ignore them all as you cannot tell the bad from the harmless ones.
  • Illegal shareware / film/ video/ music sources:
    Any illegal web page may be malicious. Make sure you use such illegitimate sources as little as possible.

Most importantly, get the best anti-malware product you can find and you won’t regret it.

 

SUMMARY:

Name .Atlas
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms No symptoms, just a slight slowdown of your machine, before the virus releases its notification.
Distribution Method Via malicious ads; torrents; spam letters inside your electronic mail; fake system requests.
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.

.Atlas Virus File 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. 

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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. 

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!
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 .Atlas 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!