[email protected] Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

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

One of the worst forms of malware that can infect your PC is the so-called Ransomware cryptovirus type. One example of such a virus is the newly released [email protected] Ransomware. It is a piece of illegal and harmful software that uses the process of encryption in order to seal the personal files of the user. Once the data has been encrypted, it is no longer accessible to anyone who doesn’t have the specific key that can decrypt the code. Once this part of the Ransomware attack is over and the targeted user files have been locked, the hacker who is using the virus would blackmail its victim, telling them that if they want to ever be able to access their personal data again, they would have to make a ransom payment. Normally, the ransom is demanded from the user via an automatically generated message that gets displayed on the infected PC desktop. There, the victim can find the precise instructions on how to make the money transfer in order to get the needed key. One thing to note here is that agreeing to make the payment in no way guarantees that you’d actually receive the decryption key. After all, this is criminals we are talking about here: ones that are anonymous and have no fear of ever getting caught by the authorities and held responsible for their illegal agenda. Because of this, we always make sure to remind our readers that actually going for the money transfer should really be seen as a last resort option and must only be considered if the retrieval of the locked data is absolutely imperative. In all other cases, it is simply better to avoid becoming yet another link within the illegal cyber-criminal scheme. Down below, we have a guide that can potentially help some of you deal with an attack by the virus in question so go ahead and give it a go if your files have been taken hostage by [email protected] Ransomware.

A world-wide issue

Few malware types are as threatening and as difficult to counteract as Ransomware. Cryptoviruses like [email protected] Ransomware are known to target not only regular users’ computers but also the networks of hospitals, schools, airports and in some instances, even governments. Ransomware is truly a global threat and aren’t many significantly effective method for dealing with this sort of noxious software. Here, in this paragraph, we will give you a basic idea of what makes a typical cryptovirus so problematic:

  • The first main reason for the enormous success of infections by Ransomware is the fact that most programs that are used to protect users’ computers from viruses are somewhat ineffective against this particular malware type. What makes them ineffective is the way that a typical cryptovirus works. The encryption it uses, despite making the files inaccessible, doesn’t actually damage or corrupt them. Because of this, most PC protection tools do not identify encryption processes ran on the PC as security threats, which allows the process to finish unhindered by the antivirus.
  • In addition to the ineffectiveness of most system defense tools that the user might have on their machine, another thing that further boosts the stealthiness of typical Ransomware is the fact it lacks any major symptoms. Changes to the levels of RAM and CPU that are being used on the computer are possible as well as a decrease in the free physical memory of the hard-drive but this can be very difficult to spot, especially if the PC has a lot of RAM, a big hard-drive and a powerful processor.
  • The next thing that we ought to address as a reason why malware programs like [email protected] Ransomware are so incredibly devastating is the fact that the encryption on the files would stay even after the actual Ransomware virus has been removed. The guide that we have prepared for you has a part where you can find instructions focused on retrieving the files once the cryptovirus has been eliminated. Unfortunately, this might not work for all users who have had the misfortune of having their personal data taken hostage by [email protected] Ransomware since the success of most file restoration methods might heavily vary from one situation to another. Nonetheless, as we mentioned already, trying everything else that could potentially help you get your files back before actually taking the ransom payment into consideration is the advisable way to approach such a situation.

Making your machine safer

Hackers who try to attack computers with Ransomware (or any other form of malware) heavily rely on the users’ tendency to make silly mistakes such as opening a shady spam e-mail, visiting an illegal website that is used for virus distribution or clicking on the wrong online ad that actually serves as a malicious link. If you truly wish to keep your files safe, you must really be extra careful when browsing the Internet in order to avoid falling for any of the aforementioned methods for spreading Ransomware. Another thing that you must not forget or ignore is the importance of having your files copied on a back-up location such as separate device or a cloud. If you don’t have a data backup yet, waste no time and create yourself one ASAP!

 

SUMMARY:

Name [email protected]
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Shady processes and RAM and/or CPU spikes in the Task manager; overall system slowdown.
Distribution Method File attachments and shady links added to spam e-mails, other viruses like Trojan horses, harmful ads and banners in your browser (malvertising) that come from obscure websites, etc.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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[email protected] Ransomware Removal


 

Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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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 [email protected] 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!