Read this article if you want to keep your files safe from the malicious [email protected] virus.
Ransomware is on the rise and with every passing day more and more computers are falling prey to this vile software. Lately even experts have been having hard time coming up with an effective method for dealing with the likes of this malicious program. [email protected] Virus falls under the category of ransomware viruses – a particularly nasty type of malware that locks your files and makes you unable to access them – unless you pay a certain amount of money to the hacker who’s controlling the virus. Since [email protected] Virus is one of the latest of its kind, it is currently spreading incredibly fast and computers are getting infected by it on a daily basis.
Here, in our article, we will give you some very important information on how ransomware viruses work, how to remove them and how you can effectively protect your PC against them.
Most important things you need to know about ransomware
When a ransomware enters your PC it does its best to remain hidden until it has finished its agenda. During this under-the-radar period the virus copies all your files. The copies are identical, however, encrypted. If a file is encrypted, this means that your computer cannot access it unless it has a specific code required to read the encryption. After all your files have been copied into encrypted copies, the virus deletes the originals leaving you with a bunch of encrypted ones that you cannot open. After the encryption period has finished, the virus manifests itself by displaying a message that informs you about the encryption that has taken place. The message also tells you that if you want to get the code that your machine needs to access the encrypted files, you’ll need to pay a ransom (hence ransomware) in the form of bitcoins.
Bitcoins are a cyber-currency with real money equivalent. The difference here is that they are untraceable, thus, if you pay the ransom to the criminal, there’s almost no chance that anyone can track down the money back to the blackmailer. An important note that should be made here is that, even though the virus is supposed to remain hidden during the encryption period, it is still possible to intercept it before it’s locked all your files. Since the virus copies all your files, it often needs considerable amounts of time and resources from your PC to do so. Therefore, if you notice anything unusual like high levels of CPU and RAM usage or that there’s less free space on your hard-drive than you remember it to be the last time you checked, shut down your machine ASAP and bring it to a specialist to have it checked. Also, if you suspect that a ransomware is currently messing with your files, do not, under any circumstances, connect any portable devices to your PC. The ransomware is capable of infecting them and encrypting their files as well.
Possible courses of action
If [email protected] Virus has already locked your files and has demanded the ransom payment we regret to tell you that you’re not left with many options. There are a bunch of decryptor tools that you can download online for free, but most of them are only capable of unlocking files that have been encrypted by specific ransomware virus. Besides, as this is one of the latest and probably there isn’t an decryptor for it yet. Some of you may wonder if paying the ransom might actually get things back to normal. Well, even though theoretically this might get you the code to unlock your files, there’s no guarantee for it. After all hackers are criminals and as such, there’s nothing that obliges them to send you that code. Besides, paying money to a hacker encourages them to keep on blackmailing people and developing even more advanced ransomware viruses. Instead of going for the ransom, we advise you to give a try to our guide on how to remove [email protected] Virus and restore your files. While there’s no guarantee that this will be able to fix everything, it certainly is a much better alternative to giving money to cyber-criminals.
Useful tips for protecting your PC against [email protected] Virus
The best way to deal with [email protected] Virus is to avoid the need to deal with it in the first place. Therefore, here are several tips that you might find useful for fending off the malicious virus.
- Have a good anti-virus program. You may even consider investing into a paid version. You can get an yearly subscription for as low as $40 and that’s still way cheaper than what ransomware will ask of you. This will give you also all the extra protection enhancements that you may need. This is a very important tip since often ransomware get into your PC with the help of another virus (for example a Trojan Horse)
- Avoid visiting or downloading content from shady and/or illegal sites. This should be a no-brainer but we still ought to mention how important it is to stay away from the darker corners of the internet.
- Be careful when opening new e-mails. Spam e-mail letters are is one of the most common methods for spreading ransomware. Therefore always double-check the details of incoming messages before actually opening them.
|Name||[email protected] Virus|
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware are by far the worse threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||During the encryption period your computer may behave in an odd manner – higher CPU and RAM usage and less free storage space than usual are all possible symptoms.|
|Distribution Method||Spam e-mails are the most common method. Shady and/or illegal sites are also a possible way for spreading ransomware.|
|Detection Tool||[email protected] Virus may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
[email protected] Ransomware Virus Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
The first thing you must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this. [email protected] Virus may have hidden some of its files.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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:
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.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once 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:
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!
How to remove [email protected] Virus by using Windows restore
Please note that Windows restore will not be able to recover your files, but it may be able to remove the ransomware virus.
For this you have to the system backup. Search for Backup and Restore in the windows search field —–> “Select another backup to restore files from”
It is possible to restore your files by using a backup copy created before the encryption
Make sure you remove the virus before you attempt recovery – removable drives may become infected otherwise. If you are using a cloud backup service, disable regular backups as to not replace your original files.
When you are certain your computer is ransomware-free, restore your files from the backup as usual.
If you have no backups, your option is Recuva
Go to the official site for Recuva and download its free version. When you start the program, select the file types you want to recover. You probably want all files. Next select the location. You probably also want Recuva to scan all locations.
Click on the box to enable Deep Scan. It may take a really long time for the program to finish, so be patient.
You will now get a list of files to pick from. Select all relevant files you need and click Recover.
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