Eight Ransomware

Eight Ransomware

Eight is a ransomware variant that belongs to the file-encrypting subtype. Eight essentially blocks users from being able to use their files and then blackmails them for money in order to restore their access.

Eight Ransomware

The .Eight Virus encrypted files

This is all part of a relatively simple extortion scheme that cybercriminals have been perfecting and polishing over the course of some 30 years now. But it wasn’t until cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin appeared that ransomware really saw its hay days, which is where we are right now. And the reason for this is that cryptocurrencies provide anonymity for users. Hence, when you send the hackers behind Eight the money that they demand, there will be no way for the authorities to check where exactly the transfer went and who received it. This has lent cybercriminals a sort of confidence that, in turn, has resulted in a massive ransomware boom in recent years. Millions or new variants like Eight appear every year and it has become up to us, regular internet users, to do what we can to put an end to this spread.

And what we can do if we’ve already been attacked is to first explore alternative options to paying the demanded ransom. Below is a removal guide with instructions on how to remove Eight from your system, which is a highly important step to take. Then once you’ve done that, you will reach the second part of the guide, which focuses on the recovery of your files. While we cannot promise that all of the listed suggestions will work, because each case of infection is different, they’re certainly worth giving a try.

The Eight virus

The Eight virus uses a complex encryption algorithm to encode most widely used file formats. As a result, no program is able to read the files that the Eight virus encrypts.

The encryption process itself can often be a lengthy one, but it rarely if ever has any distinct symptoms. Furthermore, most antivirus programs aren’t designed to combat ransomware, because encryption does not actually harm anything on the infected machine. And this provides variants like Eight with a tremendous advantage and is in part why this malware category has become so successful.

This brings us to what you can do to disarm potential threats of this type in the future. The best way is to frequently create copies of your most valuable data and store those copies on a separate drive that’s not connected to the internet. And as for preventing the attacks themselves, you will find that easier once you know the main distribution channels for this malware.

The Eight file distribution

The Eight file distribution typically takes place with the help of infected emails and social media messages. In these cases, there is also usually a Trojan horse virus involved to aid the Eight file distribution.

Another very common way of getting infected with ransomware is by clicking on an infected or fake online ad. This practice is known as malvertising and since there’s no way you can distinguish legit ads from malicious ones, we would recommend flat out avoiding interactions with any online ads.



Name Eight
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.
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Detection Tool

Remove Eight Ransomware

Eight Ransomware

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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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 Eight 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!


    About the author


    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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