Banta Virus

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

A computer is a storage place for valuable information. Whether it’s important documents, work projects, favorite music, images from our special moments–these are all invaluable files that we definitely don’t want to lose. Unfortunately, malicious-intentioned hackers have discovered a way to make some good and quick money out of this. They have developed Banta–a cryptovirus that applies special encryption to your personal information and then blackmail you for decrypting it. This type of online threat is known as Ransomware which lately has turned into a very profitable “business” model for a lot of cyber criminals. On this page, however, you will find detailed instructions on how to remove the infection if you’ve just fallen a victim of it. The removal guide below will guide you through all the needed steps, but in case you need some assistance, you can also use the professional Banta removal tool attached to it.

The .Banta virus

.Banta Virus

When the .Banta Virus is finished encrypting your files it will display this message.

As we just said, Ransomware is a piece of malicious software that uses a powerful algorithm for encryption to lock files in an infected computer and prevent victims from accessing them. This is done because the cyber criminals behind this threat want users to pay a ransom to get their files back. This blackmail scheme is nothing new and for many years has been used by a lot of crooks. Banta, however, is the digital equivalent of the physical blackmail methods. Unfortunately, keeping the files found in a computer hostage has quickly become one of the most common online threats and is evolving rapidly into a series of more complex and sophisticated attacks. The cyber criminals usually ask for a ransom in BitCoins, which is an untraceable cryptocurrency.

In exchange, they promise to send a specially generated decryption key, with the help of which victims can decrypt their files. Right after Banta has completed its file encryption process, a ransom note appears on the screen. This note informs about the Ransomware infection and provides details about the number of encrypted files, the file extension of the encrypted documents and comprehensive guidelines on how to make the ransom payment for the decryption key. The ransom amount required for that key may vary from a couple of hundreds to even thousands of dollars. Therefore, many victims seek other options to remove the Ransomware and restore some of their files through alternative methods.

The .Banta file encryption

.Banta File

Once encrypted a .Banta File will look like this.

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you will be able to restore your files by paying the ransom. The cyber criminals don’t really care about your encrypted information, and there’s nothing that could obligate them to give you the key. Even if you have fulfilled all of their ransom demands, you may still not get anything in return. In fact, there are cases where the Ransomware victims have lost their data, as well as their money this way and have only helped the crooks get richer. Sadly, as long as the web users pay the ransom, such threats will increase in popularity as they become a favorite instrument for unscrupulous people to make money. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you try any other alternatives that can help you remove Banta from your system and recover some of your files without paying. You can use the removal guide below as a starting point or seek some professional help.


Name Banta
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 .Banta Ransomware Virus


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. 

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 Banta 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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