Expetr Ransomware Virus Removal (+File Recovery)

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This page aims to help you remove the Expetr Ransomware Virus for free. Our instructions also cover how any Expetr file can be recovered.

Due to their ever growing popularity, ransomware viruses are still pretty much a mystery to a large number of online users. Lack of information on this topic and care while browsing the web are leading causes for these viruses to be enjoying the success they have now. In fact, one of the latest variants of this malware type is probably exactly what has brought you to this page. Expetr Ransomware Virus is a cryptovirus or in other words a virus that uses encryption on the victim’s files in order to make them inaccessible to that user. After this and as you are by now most likely well aware of, a ransom note is displayed on the victim’s screen, informing them of the infection that has taken place. Furthermore, these notes also usually contain payment details for the ransom, which is said to buy you back your access to the locked data. How this may have happened and what chances you have of successfully fighting this awful threat off is what this article is all about. In addition, at the end of it you will also a removal guide with instructions on how to delete Expetr Ransomware Virus from your system. It will also show you a way to restore your files, though we cannot guarantee that it will work in each and every case, as this is a very complex issue.

How did you get infected? What happened then?

To most it comes as a complete shock once they’ve realized that a malicious program has infiltrated their machine and has tampered with their most valuable data. This may be your case, as well, and you may still be wondering where on earth you could have contracted the nasty ransomware. The truth is that it could have literally been from anywhere. However, in the majority of instances of infection with viruses like Expetr Ransomware Virus, it happens with the help of spam emails. Security experts are by no blue in the face with repeating how dangerous it is to interact with messages from unfamiliar senders, yet people still keep on doing it, time and time again. Typically the spam message will try to mimic some enterprise or organization and fool you into thinking it’s a legitimate business/person/offer/you name it. And usually the message will contain a link or an attached file, which you will be asked to open under whatever pretext. Once you do that, you will automatically be launching the attack and won’t even realize it, as these infections are notoriously stealthy.

Other common sources include malvertisements and fake system requests. The former are basically online ads that have been injected with the malicious script of a virus, whereas the latter may appear as popups on your screen warning about a threat you need to eliminate or some outdated program that needs updating immediately. Whichever the case, normally clicking on the said transmitter will again automatically download the ransomware onto your PC and the encryption process will begin pretty much instantaneously. Now, what happens with this encryption process? It’s important to know that typically viruses like Expetr Ransomware Virus create encrypted copies of your files, whilst deleting the originals.

Remove Expetr Ransomware Virus


 

Step1

Restoring basic Windows functionality
Before you are able to remove the Expetr Ransomware  Virus from your computer you need to be able to access it in the first place. Since the ransomware will prevent Windows from booting itself your first job is to repair the Master Boot Records (MBR) of your drive.
 
To do that you’ll need your original Windows OS DVD (or an USB bootable drive for advanced users)
  1. Insert the DVD (or the USB) into the computer, then run the computer and choose to boot the OS from the DVD/USB. You may have to change Windows boot priorities from the bios by pressing Del
  2. When Windows boots from the DVD/USB select Windows Repair
  3. Open the Command Prompt and write the following commands inside:     enter: bootrec / fixmbr, bootrec / fixboot and bootrec / rebuildbcd
  4. Your Windows OS should now be able to boot normally. You can proceed with the removal of the virus as usual.

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

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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. 

malware-start-taskbar

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.

Step3

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:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Expetr Ransomware Virus 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!

Your security software will most likely fail to recognize this as a malicious process, because encryption is actually used as a means of protecting data – not harming it. This is one of the main reasons why malware of this type has been able to successfully infect and blackmail such an enormous number of different users across the globe. Another thing that makes ransomware so dangerous is the fact that the consequences are often very, very difficult to deal with. In many of the cases it’s not even possible to restore the encrypted files. This may lead you to thinking that the ransom payment might be your only option – it isn’t. Trust us, before you proceed to anything else, it’s paramount that you first remove Expetr Ransomware Virus from your system, otherwise any further actions may lead to more files getting locked. As we already mentioned, we have a detailed set of instructions waiting for you on this page just for that very purpose. After that you can use the remaining instructions to try and recover your files from system backups. If that fails, you can try using a decryptor tool – a list is available on our website and is frequently updated by our team. Only after you’ve exhausted every alternative can you consider paying the criminals and even then – you might still not achieve a positive outcome.

SUMMARY:

Name Expetr
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 Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.