Exorcist Ransomware

The Exorcist Ransomware

Exorcist Ransomware is an advanced cryptovirus that is known to restrict access to important digital files through encryption. The creators of Exorcist Ransomware use it as a tool for money extortion and ask the victims to pay a ransom in order to decrypt the encrypted files.

Exorcist Ransomware

The Exorcist Ransomware will display this message once your files have been encrypted.

Unlike other online infections such as Trojans, Worms or Rootkits which are aimed at destroying the system, stealing some sensitive information or running unauthorized processes in the background of the OS, the ransomware doesn’t destroy the files it targets. It only renders them inaccessible for an indefinite period of time or until the victim fulfills the demands of the hackers. Naturally, the offenders want a money transfer in exchange for providing the victims with a special file decryption key. The victims are expected to transfer the money to the cryptocurrency wallet of the hackers according to specific instructions that are placed on the screen of the infected computer immediately after the file encrypting process has finished.

The Exorcist Ransomware is malware that extorts money from web users by encrypting their digital files and using them as ransom leverage. After the attack, the Exorcist Ransomware notifies its victims that they have to pay a ransom to decrypt their files, otherwise they won’t be able to access them ever.

In general, the ransomware does not destroy your device or conduct any other dangerous activities which means that, once removed, your computer can be used as normal. That’s why if the files that it has encrypted are of no significant value to you, its ransom demands and threats won’t be especially concerning for you. You will only need to carefully remove the infection from the system in order to be able to store files on it without them being encrypted.

If the sealed information is of great importance, though, and you don’t have backup copies of it, then the ransomware’s attack may be quite troublesome. Sadly, the removal of the infection may not necessarily make the encrypted files accessible again. That’s why you may need to seek additional methods to recover them and determine what is the best course of action that can help you minimize the damage done by this malware.

The Exorcist Ransomware file decryption is the quickest and the most effective way to regain access to your encrypted information. Unfortunately, the Exorcist Ransomware file decryption process cannot be activated without a matching decryption key which is in the possession of the hackers behind the ransomware.

In the ideal case, the crooks will send you the decryption key as soon as you pay the required ransom. However, it is also possible that you get nothing in exchange for your money because, well, the criminals are just criminals that don’t care much about keeping their promises once they get what they want. That’s why we suggest that you don’t rush with the ransom payment and check out some other methods to recover your information and remove the ransomware from the system. In the removal guide below we have provided both – removal instructions and file-recovery steps that are free to use and may give you some ideas on how to deal with the situation.


Name Exorcist Ransomware
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 Not Available
Detection Tool

Exorcist Ransomware Removal

Exorcist 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.

Exorcist Ransomware

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

Exorcist Ransomware
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Maximum file size: 128MB.

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Scan Results

Virus Scanner Result
Exorcist RansomwareClamAV
Exorcist RansomwareAVG AV
Exorcist RansomwareMaldet

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:

Exorcist Ransomware

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.

Exorcist Ransomware

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once 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!

Exorcist Ransomware

How to Decrypt Exorcist Ransomware 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


Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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