This is a new type of ransomware threat that has been linked to the .wallet file infestation. The infamous Ransomware type of viruses employs crypto technology in order to lock the personal files on the infected computer. After the files have been locked, the hacker blackmails its victim for a ransom payment in return for the encryption key that has been used to lock the files. Even though Ransomware generally does not directly cause any actual damage to the computer system or the data that’s on it, viruses of this kind are considered to be some of the most dangerous and malicious software threats that one can encounter.
[email protected] Ransomware
Today, we are here to acquaint our readers with some crucial information regarding one particular Ransomware virus that is known under the name of [email protected] Read everything carefully so that you know what this piece of malware is capable of, what symptoms it might show and how you can make your computer better protected against it. We also have a guide, in which we will show you several possible methods for removing [email protected] Ransomware, as well as how you can potentially restore the access to your files (without paying the ransom). However, we should inform you that so far no file restoration method has proved to be one hundred percent effective and the effectiveness and success potential of what we offer really depends on the specific situation. Still, it is highly recommended that you first try everything in our removal guide and then seek another way to solve the issue. Generally, opting for the ransom is a very bad idea since you do not know if you’re actually going to get hold of the encryption key which is why an alternative should always be sought.
The problem with antiviruses
In the beginning of the article, we mentioned that typical Ransomware would not actually cause any direct damage to either your system or your data. This is important, because it is one of the main reasons why viruses like [email protected] Ransomware oftentimes remain absolutely undetected by most conventional antivirus programs. You see, when the Ransomware gets onto your PC and starts encrypting your files, the antivirus that you have would most likely not detect anything malicious happening since probably nothing is getting actually damaged. This would effectively allow the nasty Ransomware to finish its malicious task and leave you with a bunch of inaccessible files. Know that encryption is actually a popular data protection method that is in fact very commonly used. This is yet another reason why it is highly possible that if Ransomware is encrypting your data, it might not get detected by your security program.
How to notice an encryption process
Though somewhat unlikely, it is still possible for an observant and vigilant user to take notice of the symptoms displayed by a Ransomware virus during the encryption process. The most noticeable and common signs of an encryption that is currently underway are increased usage of certain PC resources such as RAM and CPU time as well as hard disk memory. The increase in the used HDD space is a very good way to spot a Ransomware virus, since it is very typical for the encryption process. The reason for that is the fact that during the encryption, what is getting encrypted is actually identical copies of your files made by the virus and not your original documents. Of course, after all your data has been copied into encrypted copies, the originals are deleted by the Ransomware but before this happens, you can notice the increase of used free hard-drive space caused by the extra set of files that are on your machine.
There are a lot of possible precautions that one can take in order to make their PC more safe and secure against different malware threats such as [email protected] and other Ransomware viruses. The list of ways to protect your machine goes on and on. Here, we will give you only the most important and essential rules that, if followed correctly, will greatly improve the defenses of your system and files from any potential Ransomware threats.
- Make sure that your machine is equipped with a reliable, high-quality antivirus/anti-malware tool. Even if in some cases the security program fails to detect more advanced Ransomware viruses, it will still help you against Trojans, which are oftentimes used to provide [email protected] Ransomware with free passage into the user’s system.
- Being careful and using your common sense when surfing the internet is probably the most crucial and valuable rule when it comes to protecting your PC against potential threats. By that we mean that you should never visits sites, which you are not sure whether you can trust and always be on your guard for any potential spam links or e-mails that get send to you since those are a very popular way of spreading malware.
- If a file gets downloaded onto your machine and you do not know what it is and whether or not it is safe, it is always better if you delete it or at least not open it until you can be sure that it is safe.
- Another important rule is to disable any form of automatic download function on all your browsers so that no files are downloaded without you being asked for permission.
- Lastly, and we cannot stress this enough, make a backup of your personal files! This is the one and single most effective way to nullify the effect of a Ransomware virus since if you still have an accessible copy of each of your files, the only problem that you’d be facing if [email protected] Ransomware strikes would be to simply get rid of the virus.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||CPU and RAM spikes and reduced free physical memory are the most common symptoms of the Ransomware encryption.|
|Distribution Method||Malicious file attachments/hyperlinks in spam e-mails, illegal sites with harmful content and also with the help of Trojan Horse viruses.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Currently Unavailable|
[email protected] 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:
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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 [email protected] Ransomware 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!