Conti Ransomware


Conti is a dangerous PC virus capable of entering your system without any infection signs and then locking up any important files stored there. Conti is created for the purpose of blackmailing its victims by keeping their data blocked until they pay a ransom.

Conti Ransomware

The Conti Virus ransom note

This type of computer threat is particularly problematic because there isn’t a surefire method of dealing with it. Oftentimes, the users who get attacked by infections like Conti, Try2Cry, Prnds never manage to restore the access to their personal files and if any of the lost files have been important to the attacked user, the attack from such a virus can be especially damaging.

Here, we will tell you about the characteristics of the Conti virus, the way it functions, and the actions you can take in order to minimize the damage it may cause.

The Conti virus

The Conti virus is a date-encrypting piece of malware that can secretly lock up the files located on your hard drives. Experts categorize the Conti virus as a Ransomware cryptovirus and warn that it is distributed via spam messages or with the help of disguised Trojans.

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The Conti Virus encrypted files

As soon as this threat enters a targeted system, it launches an advanced process of file encryption. This process silently locks up each and every file it is applied to. Once the encryption process is complete, most (if not all) of the user’s personal files would no longer be available. No regular program can open an encrypted file unless there is a special decryption key located on the computer that can be used to unlock the sealed data. During the encryption process, the Ransomware virus generates such a key and stores it on the hackers’ server. There is a unique decryption key for every computer infected by the Ransomware so using the key generated for another PC won’t unlock your encrypted files – you need the key that’s been generated for your computer specifically.

Of course, the hackers offer to send you the decryption key that matches the encryption on your files but only if you send them a certain amount of money following their strict instructions. Generally, we’d advise against going for this option because the chances of getting tricked and lied to by the hackers and never receiving the access key that you need are too high.

The Conti file decryption

The Conti file decryption is what can allow you to restore your files using the corresponding access key. If the key for the Conti file decryption isn’t available to you, there may be some other things you can try to restore your data.

In the guide present on this page, you will first find removal instructions that will help you safely remove Conti. After you complete this first part of the guide, you can then try the suggested file-recovery alternatives that are free and won’t require you to interact with the hackers. However, we must still warn you that there aren’t any guarantees those alternatives will work – you will have to try them and see for yourself if they would be effective in your case.


Name Conti
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Ransomware mostly operates silently and doesn’t trigger any apparent presence until it locks the user’s files.
Distribution Method Nowadays, one of the main methods of spreading Ransomware is using disguised Trojan horse backdoor viruses to download the Ransomware onto the victims’ computers.
Data Recovery Tool Not Available
Detection Tool

Remove Conti Ransomware

Conti 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).

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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. 

Conti Ransomware

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. 

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.

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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:

Conti Ransomware

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:

Conti Ransomware

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.

Conti Ransomware

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!

Conti Ransomware 

How to Decrypt Conti 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!


About the author


Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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