.Exte Ransomware Virus Removal (+File Recovery)

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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

If you have been infected by ransomware, then you have certainly done the right thing by coming to this page. We have created the following article with the intention of helping ransomware victims and providing more information about this form of cyberthreat. One of the latest ransomware variants is called .Exte, and we’re guessing it is the one responsible for encrypting your files and depriving you of access to them. Should that be the case, then here we will aim to offer you as many details about the way it may have infected you, how it could have encrypted your files and what you can do to deal with the consequences. Among other things, we will also provide you with a detailed removal guide that will allow you to locate and delete .Exte from your system. In addition to those, you will also find instructions in the same guide that might be able to help you restore the affected files. However, in the interest of full disclosure, we should say that we cannot promise a 100% success rate with all cases of infection. Ransomware is very tricky business and its devastating consequences are due to their very sophisticated encryption algorithms.

.Exte Virus

.Exte File

What is ransomware? How does it get around?

Ransomware viruses usually enter the system of their victims by stealth, and then just as stealthily proceed to execute their evil agenda. More often than not, this involves scanning the victim computer for specific files types that may vary from virus to virus. They may include but aren’t limited to audio and video files, pictures, documents, executable files and even certain system files. Once the scan is complete, .Exte or whatever other cryptovirus it is will typically begin to create encrypted copies of those files, one by one. At the same, it will in the same sequence also delete the originals of the files, leaving the user with a bunch of useless data that cannot be accessed using any known program. And then, once all that is over, the virus generates a ransom note on the desktop of the computer to inform the victims of the processes that have taken place and the ransom that needs to paid in order to reverse them.

.Exte Ransomware Virus Removal



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).



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. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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 .Exte 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!

Notice also that the ransom is usually always required in bitcoins (or some other cryptocurrency). That is because those are very difficult for the authorities to trace, which is sort of a guarantee for the hackers that they won’t be discovered and brought to justice. But still one very question remains: how could you have possibly gotten infected? There are numerous answers to that question and we can’t, unfortunately, point you in the direction of the right one in your case. But we can certainly describe some of the most popular methods ransomware like .Exte uses to get around. Such are, for example, malvertisements. These are online ads that seem perfectly ordinary, if it weren’t only for the fact that they can be carrying potentially deadly malware in them. One click on an ad like that is often all it takes to land an infection, and not necessarily just with ransomware. Another no less popular method is still using the good old spam emails and malicious messages on other messaging platforms. These are known to contain an attached files or a link, so if this is something you recall opening not so long ago, that might be where the virus came from.

The key to avoiding potential attacks like this is avoiding the possible sources of ransomware. Be cautious with web locations you choose, especially with download sources and certainly never just blindly trust incoming emails or other messages without first making sure that they are indeed safe to interact with. Another good thing to do specifically in the event of infections like .Exte is to keep backups of your most important data stored on separate hard drives. As for dealing with .Exte right now, it’s paramount that you remove it as soon as possible. Our removal guide below will help you do that, and a separate set of instructions within it will also guide towards the restoration of your encrypted files. We would like to warn you that ransomware encryptions are very tricky and differ from case to case, so it may not always be possible to count on a full recovery. Nevertheless, before surrendering to the demands of the blackmailers, victims owe it to themselves to try out every other possible alternative first.


Name .Exte
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

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.

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