Elbie Ransomware

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Elbie is a typical representative of the so-called file-encrypting ransomware category of malicious of code. Hence, Elbie uses encryption as part of an elaborate extortion scheme to lock users out of their own data. 


Some of the worst forms of malware that can invade your computer are the ransomware cryptoviruses and they don’t even try to harm anything on the PC. All they do is start an encryption process that locks up the files on the PC with an advanced encryption that makes it impossible to open any of them regardless of what program you may try to use. School/ college assignments, work projects, spreadsheets, important video, image and audio files or any other piece of data that may be important to the targeted user are bound to get locked up if a ransomware cryptovirus infection has entered the computer unnoticed.

The encryption of the files doesn’t damage or corrupt them and the computer still remains usable after the malware attack. However, if the files that have been sealed are important to the user and there are no backups of them, then this could be a rather serious issue. Many people lose days, weeks, months and even years worth of hard work due to a single malware infection with a cryptovirus like Elbie or Qqri.

The Elbie virus

Once in the victim’s system, the Elbie virus proceeds to scan it for targeted file types. After this, the Elbie virus silently creates encrypted copies of the found files, whilst deleting the originals. 

Of course, once the encryption process ends and the targeted files can no longer be opened by the user, the people controlling the malware give the following offer: if the victim carries out a ransom transaction sending a certain amount of money to the hackers, the latter would send back a unique decryption key that will make it possible for the locked data to be accessed again on the infected computer. If the files that have been taken hostage are really that important, many people may be willing to opt for this course of action.

We must warn you, though, that it is absolutely possible for the hackers to not actually keep their promise and simply accept the money and disappear after that. Because of this, it is typically preferable to first try other possible solutions like the guide below, which shows how you may try to deal with the new Elbie ransomware.

The Elbie file encryption

The Elbie file encryption is rather sophisticated and can prove difficult to crack even for professionals. With that in mind, there’s no surefire solution for the Elbie file encryption that will guarantee a successful outcome.

It is surely difficult to determine which option would be better in a situation like this. Sometimes, paying the money that is demanded of you may actually yield the needed results. However, it may also lead to nothing more than an utter waste of a significant amount of money. If you are willing to opt for any potential alternatives, however, the first step is to ensure that your PC is cleaned and that Elbie is no longer on it.

The guide we offer you here has that covered and will show you how to remove Elbie. However, this is actually the easy part. After you remove Elbie, you will need to try different things that may or may not bring your files back. In the best case scenario, you would have backups of your important files and simply copy the data back on the cleaned computer. In case you do not have backups, you may try the suggestions from the recovery section of the guide. However, we must warn you that these suggestions may or may not work depending on the specific case and on the severity of the ransomware infection that you are dealing with.


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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. 


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.



    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:



    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!



    How to Decrypt Elbie 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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