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Covm Virus


Covm

Covm is a type of malicious program that experts classify as file-encrypting ransomware. Covm is highly dangerous and can potentially result in permanent data loss for its victims.

Covm Virus

The Covm Virus will encrypt your files.

Ransomware is generally considered to be among the most harmful and devastating types of malicious code out there. And the reason for this is that oftentimes there may not even be a possible solution for its encryption. Not even sending the amount that the hackers demand for the necessary decryption key will necessarily guarantee that you can regain access to your data again. Encryption is tricky business and mixups can and do happen, so there’s no telling that the cybercriminals will send you the correct key, should you choose to pay them.

On the other hand, there are alternative means of getting your files back – and we strongly encourage you to make use of them. In fact, we have a list of possible ways that you can circumvent the ransom payment in order to get hold of your files again, and it’s included in the second part of the removal guide below. While they may or may not be effective in each and every Covm attack, they are certainly better than straight away opting for the ransom payment. However, no matter what course of action you choose in regards to your files, one thing is for sure: you must absolutely remove Covm from your system before attempting any data recovery tactic. This will ensure that whatever files your manage to save don’t get encrypted a second time. And instructions on how to remove Covm can be found in the same guide, just below this post.

The Covm virus

Ransomware like the Covm virus is particularly well-equipped when it comes to dodging antivirus software. The Covm virus can easily operate under the radar of most antivirus programs without activating a response from them.

This is because of the nature of how Covm and similar software operates. The thing is that encryption is not a process that directly harms, corrupts or in any other way damages the files that it is applied to. Encryption, as is well known, is simply a data protection technique that is used to shield information from unwanted eyes. Only in the case of ransomware viruses like Covm, cybercriminals have come up with the ingenious way in which to use this otherwise helpful process for their personal benefit and at the expense of unsuspecting computer users.

This only goes to say that the genuinely reliable way to protect yourself from future ransomware attacks is by keeping copies of your most important data on a separate drive or cloud service. That way, even if an infection occurs, all you will have to worry about is removing it. And you will have copies of the encrypted files stored someplace safe where you can access them again.

The Covm file extension

The Covm file extension is added to each and every one of the files that the virus encrypts, replacing their regular one. So basically, the Covm file extension prevents other software from recognizing the file format.

 

SUMMARY:

Name Covm
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 Not Available
Detection Tool

Remove Covm Ransomware


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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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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. 

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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:

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    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:

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    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.

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    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!

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    How to Decrypt Covm 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!

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    About the author

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    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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