[email protected] Virus Removal (+File Recovery) Dec. 2017 Update

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This page aims to help you remove [email protected] Virus Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any [email protected] Virus file can be recovered.

If you’ve switched on your computer only to find a bone-chilling message on its desktop about your files no longer being accessible due to a virus called [email protected], we know just how shocking and unsettling this experience can be. [email protected] is a ransomware cryptovirus, called that way specifically because it encrypts certain files types on the victim’s computer, after which it requires a certain amount in ransom in order to free them. With this mind, we should warn you that ransomware viruses are among the most difficult types of malware to deal with. In certain cases it might not even be possible to restore your data from the encryption process, which is in part what has made these viruses so successful. But we don’t want to panic you ahead of time, and it’s still just as important that you remove the ransomware from your computer as soon as you’re done reading here. The necessary instructions on how to do that, as well as on how to try and recover your files from system backups, will be provided in the removal guide below.

Ransomware: the world’s fastest growing malware group

Unfortunately, ransomware viruses have shown the tendency to multiply over the years like bunnies, and we really don’t mean that in a cute way. Though they have been around for some 30 years almost, it hasn’t been until the past several years that they’ve experienced an immense growth in numbers and we’re talking millions of unique samples each year. That’s due to them becoming more sophisticated and the encryptions becoming more complex, so when faced with an infection, users are often left with no other option but to pay the criminals and hope they will grant them their decryption key. Another key moment to why ransomware has become this successful has to do with the increase in use of bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies. The hackers behind ransomware often request the ransom be paid in one of these online currencies, because they are virtually impossible to trace. And this means that they become unreachable for the proper authorities, allowing them to thrive and further blackmail innocent people and large organizations alike.

[email protected] Virus Ransomware 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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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 [email protected] 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!

And another thing that has allowed viruses like [email protected] to become this prosperous, money-extorting industry that they now are is the fact that they are incredibly stealthy. Chances are, there was nothing that even suggested that [email protected] was working on your machine, whereas the encryption process isn’t a momentary one. It’s tedious and often requires some time, as well as a lot of your PC’s resources. But most antivirus programs will just let it slip past their guard, because encryption in itself is not an actual malicious process. In fact, much on the contrary – it exists to protect data. Only who could have thought it could be used to take it hostage, as well, right?

And there you have it. You’re stuck with a bunch of unusable files, because no program can open them, so what are your actions now? Well, first off, we highly recommend that you get rid of [email protected] as soon as possible. It’s not safe to keep it on your machine, even despite the fact that it’s already done its dirty business. As pointed out, you can do that with the help of the guide below. And you can try to recover your files from system backups, also as shown in the guide. If that doesn’t work, we have also listed a number of useful decryptor tools on our site, so be sure to check those out, too. In addition, you are always free to contact a specialist of your choice, who deals specifically with ransomware and its aftermath.

As for preventing future attacks like this from now on, this should also be on your list of priorities. We would recommend that you start applying basic safety measures to your daily browsing routine, because a lot of these infections with viruses similar to [email protected] could have easily been avoided. For example spam emails are still a common distribution means as ever. Learn to recognize these and never open them or their attachments, should you even come across them. Be sure to also limit your access to shady and suspicious websites that may be harboring viruses and try to avoid clicking on various online ads, as these too can be malware transmitters. Last but not least, it would be a very good idea to start keeping backups of your most important files on separate drives so that even in case an attack does happen, you will have copies stored some place safe and sound.

SUMMARY:

Name [email protected]
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 We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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