Data Keeper Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)


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This page aims to help you remove Data Keeper Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any Data Keeper Ransomware file can be recovered.

Ransomware is a particularly dangerous category of computer malware. The most typical trait of this type of viruses is their ability to lock-up a certain component of your PC and later use this as leverage in order to blackmail you for a ransom payment (hence, the name Ransomware). The most common types of Ransomware would either try to lock the screen of your computer though a simple screen-wide banner that can’t be removed or encrypt your personal files making them inaccessible. While the screen-locking kind of Ransomware too difficult to deal with if you know what to do, Ransomware versions that use file encryption are truly some of the nastiest viruses that you can possibly get your PC infected with. Here, we will talk about one such example of a file-encrypting Ransomware. You will learn how it works, what methods are used to spread it to more computers and what possible ways of handling such an infection there are.

Cryptoviruses

Since the whole idea of a Ransomware is to blackmail the targeted victim using the locked files as leverage, the hacker responsible for the infection wouldn’t really benefit if the user’s PC or files get damaged. Because of this, Ransomware attacks do not normally cause any damage to the system or the data of the user. The encryption that they use to seal the targeted files isn’t an inherently harmful procedure – it is, in fact, a process commonly used by software developers for the purposes of data security. The thing, however, is that, without a special key, the encrypted files can’t be unlocked. Naturally, the key for the Ransomware-enforced encryption is only available to the cyber-criminal who would later use this as the object of their blackmailing scheme. Supposedly, if the malware victim pays the requested ransom sum, they would be sent the encryption key that would allow them to regain the access to the locked-up files. However, we ought to tell you here that there are numerous instances of things not really going that way. Many users out there have actually made the payment in hopes that their files would once again be accessible only to find out that the Ransomware hacker has no intention of actually sending the needed key. Because of this, it really is up for a debate whether or not one should actually go for the ransom payment. We, here, believe that paying the ransom must only be considered as a last resort option and only in cases where the sealed files really are very important and essential for the user. Generally, instead of going for the transaction right away, it is a better idea to look for alternatives. One such potential alternative solution you can find at the bottom of this page. There, we have added a removal guide for Data Keeper where you can find instructions that may potentially enable you to deal with the virus. Just note that we can’t guarantee the success of the guide – Ransomware cryptoviruses like Data Keeper really are some of the most complicated and advanced types of malware and fully successful removal and file decryption might not always be possible.

 

Data Keeper Ransomware Removal


 

Step1

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).

Step2

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. 

malware-start-taskbar

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. 

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.

Step3

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware & virus scanner is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase its full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Data Keeper files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

Sneaky malware

A major problems with Ransomware versions like Data Keeper is the fact that it can be extremely difficult to detect them before they have already encrypted the targeted files on your PC. Due to the nature of the encryption process used to lock the data, many antivirus programs might fail to spot the insidious process. Also, there are normally very few and highly-unnoticeable symptoms that only the most vigilant and lucky users might be able to notice. Most of the time, a Ransomware would cause RAM and CPU spikes throughout the duration of the encryption process which might help you spot its presence. However, bear in mind that the encryption can sometimes happen really quickly leaving you no time to intercept the malware before it has managed to block the access to the files.

Protection against Ransomware

Depending on the particular virus version, there could be different ways for distributing a Ransomware. For instance, Data Keeper might get sent to you via a spam e-mail or it could get downloaded on your PC if you click on a fake web ad or a fake online update request. Note that coming across potentially hazardous web content is more likely if you tend to visit questionable sites with low reputation. Therefore, be sure to avoid any suspicious and shady web addresses if you want to keep your PC safe. Note that Trojan Horse malware can also be used as a distributor of Ransomware so having a good antivirus program to fend off Trojan infections is a must. Another really important thing to bear in mind is having a backup of your important data files so that their copies can stay safe within the backup location/device even if a virus such as Data Keeper has invaded your computer.

SUMMARY:

Name Data Keeper
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms PC slow-down due to increased RAM and CPU usage is the most typical symptom.
Distribution Method Misleading malicious ads, hazardous spam messages, Trojan Horse viruses and others.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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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