This article was created to users remove .CCC Virus File Extension from their respective systems. We found many pleads to “.ccc 病毒” signifying the virus is extremely well-spread throught the entire world, not just western nations. The .CCC Virus File Extension is typical of a brand new and improved breed of the TeslaCrypt ransomware, but this time poising as CryptoWall, just to further make the thing especially difficult to remove.
.CCC Virus File Extension is a type of virus from the Ransomware variety. If you are already aware of its existence the most likely case is because it has made all of your files inaccessible by adding a strange extension to them. .ccc 病毒 claims that you must pay a certain amount of ransom in bitcoins (up to $200-$400 depending on the version of the ransomware) or your files will remain encrypted and inaccessible forever.
The hackers also likely claim that if you try to recover the files in any other way then paying the ransom they will be damaged or deleted. The last part is a total lie and its aim is to scare you into paying the blackmail. Nothing will happen to your data if you try to recover it yourself – as long as you do not delete or rename the files (the methods described here do neither). If the worst comes to pass and you are unable to recover your data by alternative means you can always try paying as a last resort.
.CCC Virus File Extension – method of operation
Ransomware viruses are usually installed with the help of Trojans – malicious applications that have already bypassed the security of your system and work as a backdoor for the virus. Alternatively .ccc 病毒 may be distributed via email attachments or downloaded and installed directly from in infected sites or dangerous internet Ads.
When the .CCC Virus File Extension is inside your computer:
- It will make a detailed list of all your valuable data files, which are not also system files.
- .CCC Virus File Extension likes to encrypt data, not files needed for the operation of programs.
Once this list is compiled .CCC Virus File Extension will begin encrypting all files on this list. This is a process that transforms the readable data into unreadable gibberish via the help of a code /key/. This key is a random long string of characters, it is completely unique for every encryption and without it the encrypted file is completely worthless. Once each file is done encrypting the original copy of the file is deleted and only the encrypted copy remains on the system.
Should you pay the .CCC File Extension’s creators?
Remember that you are dealing with anonymous criminals that are blackmailing you for money. They are under no obligation to keep their end of the bargain. Also any dollar you pay will then be re-invested in the improvement and refinement of the virus and it could target you again and again.
- Paying should only ever be your very last resort option. Try the recovery methods outlined below first.
How to recover files overtaken by the .CCC Virus File Extension?
The first thing you need to do is to remove .ccc 病毒 itself. More details on this in the guide below, keep reading for now.
What the hackers are trying to make you pay for is the key needed to decrypt these remaining files and indeed they are correct. Unless the algorithm used to generate the key is discovered by the anti-malware community the only way to decrypt your files is to obtain it from the hackers – usually in exchange for a hefty sum of cash. But this is not to say there are no other options.
The alternative involves the restoration of the deleted original files. This is pretty similar to what you need to do if you accidentally delete one or more files from your computer. These methods are not 100% foul proof and may not be able to recover all the missing files for all users, but hopefully can let you recover the most valuable stuff and avoid paying the hackers. If you had a lot of free space on your HDD and if you attempt to recover the delete files shortly after their deletion you have the best chance of recovering everything.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is just the first preparation.
The first mandatory thing is to allow you to see Hidden Files and Folders. Each version of Windows does this slightly differently.
- I repeat – it’s extremely important you do this. .CCC Virus may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them to delete them.
Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for .CCC Virus and suspicious-looking programs. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Start Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Right click on each of the malware processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a malware, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to. There’s a good chance .CCC Virus is hiding somewhere in here.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Doing this can damage your PC significantly if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional .CCC Virus remover. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to the virus.
If you do not remove the virus completely it could leak the information to its creator, so be careful!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:
- Type regedit in the Windows Search Field. Search for the ransomware (try typing its name) in your registries and delete anything with that name. But be extremely careful – if you delete the wrong thing here, you can damage your system.
- Type %temp% in the Windows Search Field and delete all the files in the folder you are transported to.
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!
How to Decrypt files infected with .CCC Virus
There is only one known way to remove this virus successfully, barring actually giving in the to the demands of the people who created the virus – reversing your files to a time when they were not infected.
There are two options you have for this:
The first is to do a full system restore. This can take care of the file extension for you completely. To do this just type System Restore in the windows search field and choose a restore point. Click Next until done.
Your second option is a program called Shadow Volume Copies.
Open the Shadow Explorer part of the package and choose the Drive (C or D usually) you want to restore information from. Right click on any file you want to restore and click Export on it.
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