.Boot Virus


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


.Boot is one of the most recent online threats that belong to the Ransomware family. The infection with .Boot results in the encryption of your files, which makes them inaccessible until a ransom is paid.

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Encrypted with the .boot Virus files

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably fallen into the file-encryption grasp of .Boot, and are actively searching for ways to remove the infection. However, Ransomware is one of the most terrible malware types, and you would definitely need some guidance on how to remove such a  virus, and cope with its effects. Luckily, here you will discover a helpful removal guide, and an automatic removal tool, which may assist you. The steps in the manual guide include extensive instructions to help you identify, and remove the malicious code by yourself. However, we must inform you that decrypting all the documents impacted by the cryptovirus may not always be feasible, as this is a new representative of the Ransomware cryptovirus category, and the methods that work on other cryptoviruses may not be as effective here. Nevertheless, we will try to be of help, and give you suggestions on how to recover some of your data, and effectively protect your system from future Ransomware infections.

The .Boot virus

The .Boot virus is a very stealthy malware program. Detecting the .Boot virus on your system may not be possible until its ransom note appears on your screen.

Created with the aim of extorting money, this malicious piece of software is programmed to sneak inside the system without getting noticed, and to apply a powerful encryption to all the information stored on the hard drive of the infected computer. In many cases, the names, and the extensions of the encrypted files may also get changed so that no program can recognize them. As a result of this malicious activity, you will not be able to access any of them, unless you apply a specially generated decryption key. Typically, a ransom note will appear on the victim’s screen when the encryption process is completed, asking them to pay a fixed amount of money if they want to get that key. The cryptovirus hackers would usually ask the victims to pay in Bitcoins, and not in any standard currency. There is a specific reason for that – Bitcoin is a an online currency that is nearly untraceable. Therefore, detecting the hackers, or returning the money to the victims would be almost impossible for the police.

The .Boot file decryption

The .Boot file decryption is a process which should convert the encrypted files back to normal. However, the .Boot file decryption may not be achieved without the help of the unique decryption key.

Unfortunately, that key is in the hands of the crooks, and paying for it can often make things worse. This is mainly because you simply cannot trust the hackers’ promises that they will send the key to you. Moreover, even if they offer you to unlock one, or two files as sample decryption, there is no assurance that they will send you the full key, let alone that it will work. That’s why most reputable security experts, including our “How to remove” team, always recommend that victims of Ransomware look for other options, and never “sponsor” the cyber criminals. Therefore, we suggest you remove the Ransomware with the help of the instructions below, and give a try to the free file-recovery suggestions listed there.


Name .Boot
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.
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Detection Tool

Remove .Boot Ransomware

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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).

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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. 

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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.

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    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:

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    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:

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    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.

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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!

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    How to Decrypt .Boot 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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    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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