This page aims to help you remove Carote Virus Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .carote file can be recovered.
If you are reading this, you may have become a victim of one very dangerous file-encrypting threat called Carote. This is actually one of the most malicious types of computer threats that could be found online and it falls in the Ransomware cryptovirus category. Our “How to Remove” team would do its best to assist you to clean up your computer from the infection. For that, however, you will need to follow the instructions in the removal guide below to identify and effectively remove the Ransomware-related files. We’d also give you suggestions on how to recover your data wherever this is possible and, even though we can’t guarantee a full recovery, spending a few minutes checking this information may be worthwhile.
The .Carote virus
In the past, taking hostage of important information has been a favorite method for crooks to make quick money. Things haven’t changed much nowadays, except that everything is moving into digital now. And so is the scheme of the crooks. Ransomware is a very malicious tool used by hackers to lock the data on your PC and take it hostage. Carote is such a representative that uses a special file encryption algorithm to “secure” user’s data and make it unreadable without the application of a secret decryption key. Usually, the victims of this Ransomware are asked to pay a certain amount of money for that decryption key, which is in the hands of the hackers. The ransom amount may vary from a few hundred to a few thousand. It is, therefore, understandable why the attacked web users want to try all they can to discover another alternative to decrypt their files and save their money.
The .Carote file encryption
Usually, the Carote victims experience something like this. On their screen, they may find a ransom note containing information about the encryption applied to their files, as well as ransom payment instructions. Unfortunately, there normally are hardly any symptoms that can reveal the encryption process while running, so victims can’t prevent it until all their information is locked. The ransom is usually required to be paid in BitCoins, which is a cryptocurrency that cannot be traced.
It is a bad idea to deal with the hackers behind the Ransomware, though. Many security professionals, including our “How to remove” team, alarm about the risks that the victims take in the event they engage in negotiations with the criminals behind the Ransomware. The major one is that there is no guarantee that if they make a payment, the victims will actually get their decryption key. There are many cases of people who just burnt their money out and never heard from the hackers again. There are also cases where the hackers have sent a decryption key that doesn’t work and has left their information forever locked. Paying the ransom does also another thing – it basically sponsors the development of more infections like Carote, Masodas or Vesrato. The more people agree to pay, the more lucrative this type of malware becomes and, of course, more and more new versions get developed. So you should think carefully if the risks really are worth it. Removing the infection and restoring the files through alternative methods, without paying is the best option. And in the removal guide below we will try to help you do just that.
|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||[banner_table_recovery]|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
Remove Carote 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).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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:
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:
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:
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.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once 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:
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 Carote 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!