.Combo Ransomware Removal (+.combo File Recovery) September 2018 Update


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

If you are concerned about the safety of your computer and personal files, the information on this page might be a lifesaver. Here, we are going to talk about one of the newest online threats which poses a serious danger to both your machine and all the information that you keep on it. What we are referring to is a Ransomware cryptovirus called .Combo. You have probably heard the term “Ransomware” in the security news headlines because this malware category has been very popular among the criminal circles throughout the past several years. The infections of this type typically use a special file encryption algorithm which they apply to the victims’ files to keep them locked until the targeted users agree to pay a ransom for the data’s release. A ransom demanding message usually reveals the presence of the Ransomware on the computer and informs you that if you want to access your files again, you will have to pay a certain amount of money to the hackers, who are behind the infection. 

.Combo Ransomware

If .Combo has already attacked your system and has managed to encrypt your files, you might be interested in learning how to remove this nasty threat and restore the affected files without paying the ransom. That’s why, in the next lines, we will do our best to provide you with alternative solutions and a detailed Removal guide, which might help you deal with the Ransomware. Unfortunately, the success of the methods that you will see below might vary depending on your specific case so guarantees cannot be given. Still, it’s certainly worth giving our suggestions a try so feel free to check them out.

How does .Combo operate?

Ransomware infections are obviously used for a very nasty online blackmailing scheme. The basic technique which threats such as .Combo employ in order to cause harm to their victims is known as file encryption. The file encryption, in general, is a well-known data protection method, which finds its implementation in various sectors of the business, healthcare, finances and different institutions which need a reliable and advanced way of keeping their data secured. In its nature, the encryption process is not malicious and typically security software tools do not detect it as a computer threat. When incorporated in Ransomware cryptoviruses such as .Combo, however, this same process could have extremely harmful consequences. The hackers use it to secretly seal the users’ data without their knowledge and permission and keep it inaccessible until they agree to pay the requested ransom. Sadly, the attack of the malware is very sophisticated and comes out of the blue for most of the victims, who are not given much time to react.

.Combo 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!

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.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware & virus scanner is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase its full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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 .Combo 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!

Paying the ransom may not save your files!

A lot of people ask us if paying the ransom will really help them deal with the nasty attack and if it will it bring their files back to normal. Unfortunately, we cannot give any guarantees about the intentions of the criminals who are behind the Ransomware because, after all, they want your money and may try to use various manipulative and threatening methods to make you pay the amount they decide. They may play with your nerves and promise to send you a decryption key or some special decrypting tool or they may threaten to delete your files if you don’t fulfill their demands. Still, nobody can tell you what will happen if you actually make the payment. That’s why, even if there seems to be no other way, we still do not advise you to go for this option – trying some alternative solution is typically the more sensible course of action when faced with such a problem.

The Removal Guide, which you will find at the end of this page contains some suggestions which may be of help but you may also like to search for a specialized malware removal software (such as the .Combo removal tool on this page). It will cost you nothing if you try to extract some of your data from system backups (detailed instructions you will find in the Guide) or to use your own external backups. But before that, you should definitely remove .Combo and all of its traces from your computer to prevent potential new file encryptions.

Stay safe in the future!

If you tend to store valuable information on your computer, then you should take reliable measures to secure it. One of the best pieces of advice we could give you is to create regular backups and store them on a cloud or external drive. This way, even if a Ransomware like .Combo attacks you, you won’t lose access to your data and will only have to remove the infection. Of course, it is very important to protect your machine with reliable antivirus software and to avoid potentially virus sources such as shady sites, sketchy ads and pop-ups, spam emails with malicious attachments coming from unknown senders or software which comes from non-reputed developers. These are never to be trusted and may deliver Trojans, Ransomware or other nasty virus to your computer.

SUMMARY:

Name .Combo
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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