Egregor is a file-encrypting ransomware virus that denies its victims access to their files. Egregor is created for the purposes of cyber extortion and it doesn’t release the files of its victims unless a ransom is paid by the latter.
Encountering a ransomware virus on your computer can be a very unpleasant experience, especially if you store some sensitive and important data on the machine. Unfortunately, in many instances of ransomware attacks, recovering all of the encrypted data may not be possible at the moment of the attack. Still, it is crucial that users are well aware of what their options are and what the consequences of their next actions could be. Even if you don’t manage to restore all of your files, this doesn’t mean that what you do with regard to the attack from the ransomware is irrelevant.
The Egregor virus
The Egregor virus is a highly advanced malware piece that seeks to blackmail you by putting your data under lockdown until you pay to have it released. The Egregor virus can typically be found inside spam messages, behind misleading ads, or carried by Trojan backdoors.
Most users don’t initially realize it when ransomware enters their system. The threats of this category, like .Kolz or .Npph ,are well-known for their stealthiness and ability to avoid detection. Unfortunately, most conventional antivirus programs are yet to develop advanced methods of spotting potential ransomware viruses. There is some light at the end of the tunnel, though, as more and more antivirus vendors are starting to implement more and more polished mechanisms in their products that can help with spotting incoming ransomware. Still, security software, as a whole, is a long way from providing reliable anti-ransomware detection so, until then, you will have to rely on your own common sense and ability to avoid trouble in order to keep your data safe from potential ransomware attacks.
The Egregor file
The Egregor file is any user file that has been encrypted by this Ransomware and has had its file extension replaced. The Egregor file is unrecognizable to any program and can only be accessed after the correct decryption key has been applied to it.
Unfortunately, only the hackers behind the ransomware are in possession of said key and to get it you will need to pay a ransom. However, there are no guarantees that you will get hold of the decryption key even after you send your money to the criminals controlling the Egregor virus. Therefore, we suggest you first take some time to explore some of the potential alternative data recovery methods we have provided for you in our guide.
One important thing to remember is that it’s best to first ensure that the virus itself is removed from your computer before you make any attempts to restore your data. Removing the ransomware will not automatically set your files free but it will prevent future encryption of more files and will allow you to safely try to restore the ones that are currently inaccessible. Instructions on both how to remove the virus and what you can try to restore some of your files can be found down below.
Egregor Ransomware Removal
You are dealing with a ransomware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to decrypt and recover your encrypted files (if it is currently possible).
You can find the removal guide here.