Banjo Virus File

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

Banjo is the name of a dangerous Ransomware-based cryptovirus which is part of the Phobos family. Unlike other computer threats, such as Trojans or Spyware, which try to secretly perform something malicious which can benefit the criminal creators and compromise you, this virus tries to extort money out of its victims with a different strategy. 

It secretly sneaks in the system and applies a special encryption code to a number of files which are considered as valuable for the user. Typically, the files that become a target of the encryption are commonly used file types such as documents, images, audios, videos, archives, spreadsheets and more.

Once they become encrypted, they remain on the system but the victim cannot open or use them in any way. To recover them, the Ransomware requires a ransom payment via bitcoins or another cryptocurrency. The amount of money that the hackers who stay behind Banjo usually ask for may vary, but there is no guarantee that it will not increase over time. According to the ransom-demanding message which usually gets displayed by this dangerous program right after the file-encryption process has completed, the people have only a short period of time to pay the ransom and regain their access to the locked files. Those who strictly fulfill all the hackers’ demands are promised to receive a special decryption key to reverse the applied encryption.

Can the .Banjo virus cause damage if you have backups?

.Banjo Virus

The .Banjo Virus will display this message when it is done encrypting your files.

Fortunately, Banjo cannot hurt those who back up their data and keep copies of their files on an external drive regularly. If you have copies of photos, business documents, and other files which you store on a removable HDD or cloud storage, you do not have to pay a ransom. The only thing you have to do is to correctly detect and remove the Ransomware from your computer and prevent further damage.

To remove Banjo quickly and safely, you are advised to scan your computer with an updated professional malware removal tool. Alternatively, you can do that manually if you carefully follow the instructions in the Removal Guide below. 

.Banjo file-recovery suggestions

.Banjo File

A screenshot of an encrypted .Banjo File.

In case you don’t have backup sources to recover your files from, you may want to explore some of the file-recovery suggestions mentioned in the guide. We feel obligated to tell you that paying the ransom and hoping that the hackers behind Banjo will send you the decryption key for your data is not a good option. First of all, this can lead to a loss of money since there is absolutely no guarantee that you will actually receive something in exchange for your payment. The crooks may simply disappear without sending you anything. Or, even if they send you the key, there is still a chance that it may not work properly and it may fail to decrypt the applied encryption. So please consider those risks and explore other available alternatives which can help you remove the infection and recover from its attack. Not to mention that giving your money to the anonymous hackers only encourages them to keep blackmailing you and sponsors the creation of more Ransomware.



Name Banjo
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

Remove Banjo Ransomware


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).



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


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.


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:


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.


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!


How to Decrypt Banjo 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!

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