Remove Budak Virus Ransomware (+.Budak File recovery) July 2019 Update

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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

What exactly is the .Budak Virus?

 .Budak Virus

When the .Budak Virus finishes encrypting your files, you will find a _readme.txt file.

If your files are locked by a Ransomware cryptovirus named Budak, you need to become acquainted with the options that you have with regard to the removal of the infection and the potential recovery of your files. Right off the bat, we need to tell you that you may not be able to get all of the encrypted files back to their accessible state, at least not at this point in time. We aren’t saying this to discourage you from trying to deal with this issue, it is just important to know that in order to make the best decision regarding what to do next. For example, many users resort to the payment of the ransom that the cryptovirus demands in exchange for the locked data’s decryption key. Going for this, however, can be risky and may backfire in a particularly unpleasant way, namely, you may give your money to the criminals that are harassing you only to find out that they have no intention of sending you the key for restoring your files. If this happens, there wouldn’t be anything you could do to reverse the payment and get your money back. Furthermore, most of the time, the hackers want their victims to pay in BitCoin – this cryptocurrency is practically untraceable by the regular user, meaning that the criminals behind cryptoviruses like Budak would more than likely stay anonymous. Getting anything back from them or bringing them to justice is simply not an option. Because of that, the payment of the ransom is not a particularly wise course of action. Our suggestion for you in case Budak has your files under a lockdown would be to remove the virus in order to prevent further encryption of any other files that you may create or download. Also, this will allow you to try some of the alternative recovery options that we have prepared in our Budak removal guide. Again, remember to first remove the virus and only then try the file-recovery alternatives. We cannot guarantee that they will be effective and that your files will be restored but it is still better to try those rather than spend money on something you may never actually get.

How can I protect myself from future .Budak file attacks?

.Budak file

A screenshot of the .budak file when it is encrypted.

Like other malware threats, the Ransomware cryptoviruses such as Budak, .Godes or .Cezor rely on stealth and disguise to get into their victims’ computers. Some of the ways those viruses spread are through misleading online messages with prize notifications, coupons or download prompts. Shady ads, especially ones inside gambling sites, pirate sites or sites with adult content are also potential sources of Ransomware infections. Keep away from any such sketchy content but also do not forget to keep your machine protected with reliable antivirus software with specialized Ransomware-detection features. Above all else, however, remember to backup your files on a regular basis. This is a guaranteed way to keep your data safe even if a Ransomware infects your system. In such cases, all you’d need to do is follow the removal instructions from our guide and to remove the virus and then simply copy your files from the backup onto your computer.


Name Budak
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms A Ransomware may lead to a decrease in the free space of your HDD because it needs that space to finish its encryption.
Distribution Method From shady spam letters, and malvertisements to pirated games and other software that is being illegally distributed.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Remove .Budak Virus 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).



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. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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 on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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 Budak 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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