This page aims to help you remove the Coverton Ransomware Virus. These Coverton removal instructions work for all versions of Windows.
Have you ever experienced the following situation? You sit in front of your computer, PC still in the process of booting. Windows finally finishes loading, when suddenly a text file or image pops-up, reading something along the lines of “Your files have been encrypted using a strong algorithm. Pay X amount of money to get them back.”. Does this sound familiar? If it does, then we are glad to inform you that there is a way to salvage this situation and even get your files back.
What happened to my Computer?
What you are experiencing is the event of an infection from a piece of software named Coverton. Fear not, this is not the end for your files or OS. There’s a high chance that you can restore your system from a restore point or a previous backup. This will revert everything to a previous date before the infection happened. At most, you’ll lose your most recent files that are made after said backup date. We have also compiled for you a set of instructions you can try following which will hopefully help you remove the Coverton Ransomware Virus. Continue reading to educate yourself on the topic of ransomware, a category which Coverton is a part of.
What is Ransomware? What makes it dangerous?
By definition, ransomware is a form of virus that in one way or another prevents the user from using his PC to go about his daily business and demands a sum of money as a form of ransom. One could be tempted to pay the requested amount as it usually seems like the easiest way out of the situation. Its a frequent mistake to believe that paying the money will actually make the attackers go away.
Unfortunately, often times you are only temporarily relieved from the Coverton Ransomware Virus. Then after a few days it may return with the same demands, repeating everything like its a vicious circle. You must learn how to break this circle and say no to the attackers requests. If you are successful, you will demotivate them and they’ll have to revise their strategy at the very least. In other word, you will potentially save other people from getting infected.
What makes it dangerous are the various strategies the developers employ to achieve their goals. The most harmful of them is by far the encryption ransomware. In its basic form, when it has assembled inside your PC, it begins encrypting file after file, stopping only after it’s finished encrypting anything remotely usable. Some ransomware only target a few file types, but most of them aim at everything.
Their use of various complex algorithms makes them almost impossible to crack for the average user. They use anything ranging from a 128-bit AES encryption, all the way to the 384-bit elliptic curve encryption (ECC) that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) uses to protect its top secret files. This makes the files unrecoverable unless you revert the whole system to a previous state (if you’ve made a backup or the system supports restore points). This is the essence of the danger. If the infected computer is a work station of sorts, then the work on it may be compromised as well.
What do I do next? What do I need to know to prevent this from happening again?
Before jumping straight to the removal instructions below, keep in mind the following key points.
Coverton isn’t the one who infiltrates your system. A Trojan virus does that instead. It’s usually hidden in some insecure downloads. Even if what you’re downloading appears to be safe or you trust it, there’s no guarantee to your safety. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
When the Trojan finds itself inside, it contacts a remote server that then places the Coverton Ransomware Virus inside your system. It does so silently and its often hard to notice.
There’s a chance you might spot Coverton in action when it first enters your system. During its preparations of encrypting your files, it will use a significant amount of your PC’s resources. You will experience lagging, slowdowns, buggy programs and more. If you open the task manager, you’ll notice high CPU, RAM or disk usage. Use these signs to recognize the virus in action and act against it before it is finished setting up. That way, you’ll have a high chance of removing it before your files go to waste.
- To prevent it from happening, one usually only needs to be very careful what he downloads. Always research a site that serves downloads before you use it. Check what other people are saying about it and only use it once you are 100% sure. Avoid suspicious looking sites at all times. Do not download programs that look suspicious or have doubtful origins.
The most important thing to take away from this is to never panic. Panic is your public enemy No.1. Whatever may happen, there’s usually always a way out. Use everything that’s available to you in terms of resources and never give in to your attacker’s requests. That’s the worst you could do, as it will only motivate them to continue their malicious acts. Also, since inexperienced folks may have trouble following the instructions, we recommend you use the easier option of downloading our removal tool. It will handle this hassle for you. Good luck and remember to leave us your opinion and feedback.
|Symptoms||In the early stages – high resource usage. In the latter ones – provocative message is displayed.|
|Distribution Method||Trojan viruses infiltrate the system, downloading Coverton on your system silently.|
|Detection Tool||Ransomware may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
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.
The first thing you must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this. Coverton may have hidden some of its files.
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.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 make a big mistake.
Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:
Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check our for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!
How to Decrypt files infected with Coverton
There is only one known way to remove the virus’ encryption that MAY work (no guarantees) – reversing your files to a previous state. There are two options you have for this:
The first is using a system backup. Search for Backup and Restore in the windows search field —–> “Select another backup to restore files from”
If you have no backups, your option is Recuva
Go to the official site for Recuva and download its free version. When you start the program, select the file types you want to recover. You probably want all files. Next select the location. You probably want Recuva to scan all locations.
Click on the box to enable Deep Scan. The program will now start working and it may take a really long time to finish, so be patient and take a break if necessary.
You will now get a big list of files to pick from. Select all relevant files you need and click Recover.
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