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eCh0raix Ransomware


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About The eCh0raix Ransomware

eCh0raix Ransomware

eCh0raix Ransomware has been proven as it encrypts files on an infected QNAP NAS just before displaying a ransom note

eCh0raix is a new and very malicious type of a cryptovirus from the Ransomware category, which can silently infect your machine without any visible symptoms. The infection targets QNAP Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices created by the Taiwanese company QNAP Systems, Inc., and contain device storage and media player functionality, amongst others. It encrypts files with a complex encryption algorithm in order to later ask for a ransom payment for their decryption. The most common method the web users get infected is through spam social media messages and malicious email links and file attachments. Also, some untrustworthy sites may take advantage of insecure browsers and outdated applications to silently download this malware on your computer when you are casually surfing the Internet. Regardless of the method the Ransomware has used to reach the computer, it still operates in the same way: upon getting downloaded and activated in the system, it starts to apply a special encryption to each and every file that you have on your computer so that the encrypted files can then only be opened through the use of a unique access key. To restore them to their original state, the victims are asked to pay a certain amount of money in order to obtain the decryption key. A special ransom-demanding note gets displayed on the screen of the infected computer when the encryption process completes, which notifies the unsuspecting users about the deadline they have to release the payment as well as what instructions need to be followed in order to correctly send the money.

How is eCh0raix Ransomware .Encrypted File removed?

.Encrypted File

These are the infected files by a new eCh0raix Ransomware, modifying the extension with .Encrypted.

 

Eliminating a Ransomware infection such as eCh0raix is actually the easy part of dealing with the consequences of such a malware infection. There are a number of steps which can be used to correctly locate and remove the malware-related files. The entire removal process can be done manually, or automatically – with the help of a professional removal tool. In the removal guide below, we carefully describe all the needed steps and also provide you with a trusted eCh0raix removal tool for fast and risk-free elimination of the infection.

What are the options related to eCh0raix file-recovery?

Unfortunately, removing the Ransomware does not mean that all the encrypted files get automatically recovered and become accessible. There are several factors that determine how likely it is for you to get your files back – two of those factors are how new the Ransomware is and how strong its encryption is. If it’s an older Ransomware that uses basic encryption, there are some free Ransomware decryption tools that may help you reverse the applied code. If the computer is infected with a more sophisticated Ransomware that has been recently released (one such as eCh0raix), however, you should know that some of the file-recovery methods may not work and it may be impossible to recover the blocked files without a backup source.

In those situations, some users may think that the best way to recover the files is to directly pay the ransom. In fact, many people do indeed go for it, and that’s why Ransomware has become such a widespread form of malware. The truth is that, if the cybercriminals keep filling their pockets with the help of Ransomware, they will continue to create more threats of this type and use them to harass the users.

However, you should never forget this: there is no guarantee that the attacker will keep their promise and decrypt the files after the payment. They may keep the money and disappear and you wouldn’t be able to do anything about it. Another unpleasant possibility is that, if the criminals see that the victim is willing to pay, they may increase the amount of demanded ransom money immediately. In addition, the willingness to pay can turn you into a potential future target for another Ransomware attack.

It should also be noted that sometimes even the decryption key that the hackers promote may prove ineffective against the complex file-encryption that the Ransomware applies, so even if the victims pay and receive the key, they may still not recover the files.

SUMMARY:

Name eCh0raix
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 Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

 eCh0raix 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.
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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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt eCh0raix 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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