This page aims to help you remove Exotic Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any Exotic Ransomware file can be recovered.
Were you just recently shocked to switch on your computer to find a disturbing message on the screen talking about locked files and money that needed to be paid? Did you rush in panic to open certain files only to find that you were unable to open them? We’re sorry to say, but your files have been encrypted by one of the latest ransomware versions titled Exotic. Ransomware is the world’s number one cyber security threat and unfortunately its numbers aren’t getting any smaller. Security experts worldwide are doing their best to keep up with the awful viruses, but alas – cybercriminals are still a step ahead of the rest of us. This is not a death sentence to your files, though. We have prepared a removal guide that will walk you through the necessary steps you need to take in order to remove the malware (very important). Additionally, we’ve also included instructions that might succeed in restoring the files that were encrypted by the virus. There is also a list of decryptors here that could be of use to you, but bear with us, as this, again, is the most dangerous and difficult virus to deal with.
How did this happen?
This is most likely the question that everyone asks first after they’ve realized what had ‘gone down’. There are several ways you could have downloaded the virus and the horrible part about this is that there is never any indication of the ransomware being on your PC. There are of course rare exceptions when a noticeably sluggish performance can come as a direct result of the ransomware’s activity. This can be detected in the Task Manager as the process using the most CPU/RAM, after which the affected user must immediately shut down their machine and seek a professional for help. As for the majority of users, it’s usually already too late for measures like that. So, to get back to the subject of getting infected, the most common way would be through a malvertisement. Think back and try to remember if you had been interacting with any ads online. The thing about malvertisements is that you can never tell them apart from regular ads and one click is all it take for Exotic or other ransomware to invade your PC.
Another popular method for spreading these kind of viruses is through distributing another malware type: Trojans. Trojans are often used a backdoors for ransomware and they can be sent to you within spam emails, for example. Say you received an email from some popular online store or even a utility company, asking you to confirm an order to have a look at your bill that’s attached to the email. Fall for that and you’re done for. Trojans are typically embedded within innocent looking PDF files or Word documents and opening one such file unleashes the Trojan. After this, it automatically downloads the ransomware and from then on the malicious program starts encrypting your most used files.
Paying the ransom and how to protect yourself in the future
Whether you’re considering paying the ransom amount or not, there’s no single correct thing to do in this situation. There are a few factors to consider when making such a decision, however, and we think it important that our readers are aware of them. For one, history has known its fair share of cases when victims paid the requested amount and never received the promised decryption key and were thus left with a bunch of coded files and nothing to show for the spent money. Disappointing would be an understatement here. In other cases users did receive a key, only it failed to work on all of their files. This may not have been the hackers’ intention, but unfortunately, that’s how programming works. On the other hand, whatever you choose to do, we highly recommend removing the virus from your computer as failing to do so could potentially result in another case of encryption. Also, since it’s likely that Exotic was let in by a Trojan horse virus, you should also try to locate and delete that one from your computer as well for the same reason. As for protection from future infections, keep in mind the aforementioned distribution methods. Avoiding spam emails and steering clear from online ads would greatly diminish your chances of contracting ransomware like Exotic. Also, stay away from shady online locations and obscure websites that would be likely to contain viruses. Do yourself a big favor and update all software and your OS, as well and make sure you do this regularly: outdated programs can become vulnerabilities and form entry points for viruses. A good antimalware tool on your PC would also greatly improve your security and will help prevent infections before they have a chance to occur.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worse threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||There are usually no detectable symptoms of a runnign infection up until the completion of the encryption process, when a ransom note is shown.|
|Distribution Method||Malvertisements appear to be the most successful method, followed by spam emails containing Trojans.|
|Detection Tool||parasite may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter - a professional parasite scanner - to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Exotic Ransomware Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is the most important and difficult part. If you delete the wrong file, it may damage your system irreversibly. If you can not do this,
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Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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:
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 files infected with Exotic Ransomware
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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