Fox Ransomware Removal (+.FOX File Recovery)


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

Fox Ransomware is a special type of PC virus which belongs to the ransomware category and can cause its harm in a very unusual way. It typically sneaks in the system completely unnoticed and hides there until it completes the harmful task that it has been created for. Fox Ransomware is a tool used for an online blackmailing scheme which uses a very complex encryption algorithm to render all the targeted data inaccessible. It allows the hacker who is controlling it to request a money payment from the victims in exchange for the restoration of the access to their files. Recently, a lot of people have fallen victims to the encryption of Fox and that is why we’ve decided to publish a helpful Removal Guide with step-by-step instructions on how to remove the nasty malware and also some tips on how to restore the files without paying the ransom. The most important characteristics of the ransomware viruses have also been described further down and we highly recommend you familiarize yourself with them before you follow the instructions of the guide.

Fox Ransomware

 

Ransomware is a term that describes a special type of malicious pieces of software which use a very unusual method to cause harm. The representatives of this software category are complex computer threats which target the personal files that are kept on the infected computer. They use a sophisticated encryption code to lock these files and to render them inaccessible. For that reason, such malware programs are commonly referred to as cryptoviruses.

First and foremost, these cryptoviruses do not destroy or corrupt the data they take hostage. They simply prevent the users from opening or using the targeted files and then blackmail them into making a ransom payment if they want to be able to once again access the targeted data. Due to the fact that no actual harm or corruption gets caused, most antivirus tools fail to detect the infection and notify the users about the encryption on time. This helps the malware to surprise its victims and to panic them – after the data has been sealed, a scary ransom-demanding notification would normally appears on the screen when the encryption has been completed to inform the victims about what has happened and to instruct them on how to make the payment.  

Fox 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. 

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.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

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

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 Fox files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

Sadly, dealing with the attack of the ransomware could be a very challenging task even for a professional security expert. In many cases, it may not be enough to simply remove Fox in order to liberate the files from the encryption. Additional actions, such as the ones shown on this page should usually be taken to clean the computer from the cryptovirus and then to recover some of the affected data.

If I pay the ransom will I get my files back?

Many people frequently ask us what the best way to deal with a ransomware infection is. If Fox Ransomware has locked up your files, you are most probably faced with the same confusion. The truth is, there is no universal solution that we can offer you and in the end it is all up to each individual as to what method would be used to handle the issue. Moreover, full recovery from the attack could not be guaranteed no matter what course of action you decide to take. If you are considering the ransom payment, you should be aware of the risks that come with it. Basically, the crooks may take the money and still leave you with your files encrypted. If you’ve paid once, they may ask you for another payment and threaten to delete the data in case you don’t fulfill their additional demands. That’s why, if you don’t want to fall into that trap, you might be interested in giving a try to the removal guide on this page. Normally, we advise our readers to go for any alternative option which is available to them.

Prevention and protection

The fact that a nasty malware such as Fox has found a way to sneak inside your system indicates that you should definitely take some serious measures to protect your PC from such threats in the future. Regardless of the outcome of the current infection, you should focus on preventing such contaminations in the future. Being careful when surfing the Internet would most definitely reduce the risk of bumping into a harmful virus transmitter but it might not be enough to completely protect you from stealthy ransomware carriers such as fake ads, misleading links, spam, infected websites, exploit kits or Trojan horse backdoor infections. That’s why, be sure to install reliable antivirus software on your PC (in case you haven’t done that already), which can effectively detect potential security threats and take the necessary steps to notify you about them and remove them on time. Do not forget to update your OS and the virus definitions of the antivirus software on a regular basis, otherwise, they may fail to recognize new threats such as Fox. Last, but not least, if you have important files that you don’t want to lose, make backup copies of them and keep them on an external drive, on a cloud storage or on another device (preferably, one that’s not connected to the Internet). This way, you will always have those copies even if something bad happens to your computer.

SUMMARY:

Name Fox
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.

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!


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