.Coot is a Ransomware virus that “kidnaps” its victims’ files by locking them. .Coot will not release the files unless the victim sends money to the virtual purse of the hacker.
Once .Coot infects the system, it will first scan its hard-drives, seeking user files that may be important. Typically, the Ransomware has a list of data formats that it looks for in the infected PC. The formats are of commonly used types of data such as text documents, image files, spreadsheets, presentations, audio and video files, and so on. Once the scan is over and the Ransomware has located the files it is searching for, it will begin the process of encrypting them. During the encryption, each of your files is copied. The copies are identical to the originals in all aspects but one – they are encrypted with the Ransomware’s encryption algorithm. This encryption is what keeps those files inaccessible, and what allows the virus to proceed to the final step of the attack – the ransom demand. However, before it gets there, it first deletes your original files so that you only have the copies that you cannot access.
Once this complex encryption procedure is completed, the malware program informs you about exactly what has happened to your files – it tells you that they have been encrypted, and that a special key is needed to allow your system to read through the encryption. Of course, this key would only be given to you if you send a big sum of money to the hackers.
The .Coot virus
The .Coot virus is a dangerous computer program from the Ransomware category. The .Coot virus is aimed at “kidnapping” your files, and forcing you to pay money to release them.
The problem with the Ransom payment is twofold. Firstly, the sum you are told to pay would typically be quite high, oftentimes a four-digit number. Secondly, the completion of the payment can in no way guarantee the restoration of the files in your system. The hackers behind .Coot, .Nols and .Leto may promise you the key that corresponds to the specific encryption placed on your data, but there is nothing that can make them send it to you after you pay. Many hackers simply scam their victims, and get their money without even helping them solve their encryption-related problem. This is why one of the most common pieces of advice given by numerous specialists in the field of virtual security is to refrain from issuing the payment, as this could oftentimes lead to more trouble. So, if the payment isn’t a reliable solution, what is?
The .Coot file encryption
The .Coot file encryption is the method the ransomware uses to lock the data in your computer. To release the data from the .Coot file encryption, you’d need a unique key.
One thing you need to understand about Ransomware is that you must make sure to remove the threat even if this doesn’t automatically set your files free. If the cryptovirus stays in your computer, more files may get locked-up in the future, and you may get blackmailed again. Also, once you remove .Coot, you’d be free to safely try some of the data recover suggestions that we have included in our guide. This is actually what we would advise you to do instead of paying the hackers. Sadly, this is by no means a universal solution, but it is still a step in the right direction. That is why, if you have had your files encrypted by .Coot, it’s best if you try the next guide, remove the malware program with its help, and then check out the alternative recover suggestions.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||This threat doesn’t show any symptoms during the encryption process, making it virtually undetectable.|
|Distribution Method||Pirated sites oftentimes have Ransomware uploaded to them.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Currently Unavailable|
.Coot Ransomware Removal
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: This scanner is free and will always remain free for our website's users. You can find its full-page version at: https://howtoremove.guide/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.
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.
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 - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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 .Coot 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!