Ransomware

Remove Format Virus Ransomware (+ .Format File Recovery) August 2019 Update


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

What is the Format Virus?

format virus

The Format Virus will leave a _readme.txt file with instructions.

A new wave of Ransomware cryptoviruses (Ndarod, Access) has recently been unleashed upon the Internet and the victims of these infections grow in number with each passing day. If you are here because the files in your computer have become inaccessible after a cryptovirus named Format has placed its encryption on them, be sure to read the information from the current article in order to learn what you can do to liberate your computer from the presence of this threat and potentially recover some of the encrypted data without giving in to the hackers’ ransom demands.

Speaking of ransom, you have probably noticed a banner message or a notepad file on your desktop after Format encrypted your files. This is the ransom-note that the virus generates in order to inform you about the steps you’d need to take in order to pay the ransom demanded by the hackers and (supposedly) receiver a decryption key in return for your money. This is pretty much how all Ransomware cryptovirus infections operate – they enter the computer in stealth and silence and begin to lock up the files without anybody noticing their malicious activity. Before the user knows it, the data in their machine is inaccessible and they are being blackmailed for the decryption key for the locked files that can make them accessible again.

Now, here is probably the place where we must give you our thoughts with regards to how viable of an option the ransom payment is. Typically, most security specialists say that paying the hackers is not a very good idea as it makes you risk your money without having any guarantee that you will get to open your files again even after you pay. We fully agree with this – there is simply no way of knowing whether or not the criminals behind Format would indeed send you the unique access key for your files or if they would instead take your money without helping you decrypt your data. Another possibility is if they send you some key but that key doesn’t work – there have been many examples of this happening and, of course, the users who experience it do not get their money refunded by the criminals. All things considered, the ransom payment option should really be seen as your last resort course of action and you should only consider going for it of nothing else seems to help and if the files that have gotten locked are really that important to you.

What you can do as an alternative to the .format files

.format files

The ransomware will encrypt your files to .format extension

Our advice for you if you are struggling with the encryption from .format is the following – try out the guide from this page as it will help you with the removal of the infection. After the Ransomware is gone, try the suggested file-recovery options – they may not always work but they are still something you can try for free that may allow you to restore some of your locked data. Also, do not forget to check your other devices and cloud storages for any safe copies of your files – any backups that you may have, now would be the time to use them.

SUMMARY:

Name Format
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms A Ransomware typically needs some amount (depends on how much data you have) of free herd-disk space to complete the encryption – if you notice there’s less free space then there should be, this may be potential Ransomware infection symptom.
Distribution Method Malvertising ads, spam social network and e-mail messages, pirated content, etc.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Format 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!

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.  

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 Format 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!


2 Comments

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    • You should delete those IPs from the Hosts file – they mustn’t be in it and are probably related to the malware.

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