FriedEx Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

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

The programs that are based on Ransomware definitely represent the worst cyber threat, which you can possibly encounter at the present moment, especially in case you are not very careful when browsing the web. Such viruses can and will invade your system, scan all its data storage spaces, and find out which files you tend to regularly use. After that, all of the files deemed to be important to you will end up getting encrypted and you will be rendered unable to access any of them. Later on, a ransom is going to be extorted from you in exchange for your locked files. This truly terrible description is about FriedEx – an exact file-encrypting Ransomware virus, which is the main topic of the article below.

Ransomware represents a kind of harmful software, which affects your important data exactly as we have explained above. Surely, not all Ransomware viruses are capable of locking your files as there could be many subcategories of this malicious software. What is common among them all, however, is the fact that the cyber criminals behind such contamination processes are normally just after your money, and they may have no intention to recover your access to your encrypted data. This is something you should definitely bear in mind when dealing with such a malicious threat as FriedEx.

Ransomware Subcategories:

Ransomware in general, as we have explained above, includes all the viruses that infect your computer and then require that you should pay some money, so as to undo the harmful things that have been done to your system. Nonetheless, the essence of the possible harm could be varying and diverse, and the targeted devices could be different as well:

  • Screen-locking Ransomware will attack only the screen of your PC. It can’t do anything evil to the data stored on it; however, the virus can project a full-screen message, in this way making you unable to access anything covered by this alert. Typically, such a notification will include info about the fact that your screen has been locked up and you need to pay in order to unblock it.
  • The mobile-device targeting Ransomware infects mobile devices. Its manner of working looks like the one of the screen-lock category, as it prevents your access to your device by producing a message covering the entire screen. The scheme from that moment on is the same – you have to pay to unblock the device’s screen.
  • The most widely known data-encrypting Ransomware is the type which will definitely encrypt files and threaten to destroy them if you refuse to pay the demanded amount of money to the hackers. This is probably the most evil subcategory of Ransomware, because it can really delete or block your affected files for good.

FriedEx 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

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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 FriedEx files

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

Characteristics of FriedEx

FriedEx is a representative of the file-encoding Ransomware, mentioned above. This virus represents a program that can sneak into your computer without needing your approval – even without an uninformed one. After that, this awful malware defines which files you consider essential by reviewing all of your inner and outer data storage space and then it proceeds with its complicated encryption process.

Means of distributing FriedEx

If you don’t know how you may get contaminated by such an awful malicious program, it can happen in many possible ways. For example, torrents and shareware could carry the virus. It could also be included on certain compromised websites and once you visit one of them, the malware may come as a drive-by download to your machine and yo won’t even know about it. One more possibility is when the virus is put inside a spam email or any of its attached files and then distributed to users all across the globe.

Possible measures you can take in case of an infection

Firstly, don’t pay the ransom as soon as possible. As it has been explained before, that doesn’t guarantee you the safe decryption of your hijacked data. Second of all, you can always choose to go to an expert for help. There are people who have sufficient experience counteracting such malware and may really be helpful. Lastly, you are by all means welcome to try to remove this threat via a Removal Guide (see the one we are offering just below). Once again, doing so cannot in any way guarantee the successful decryption of files, however, simply it certainly won’t hurt or harm your PC if you tried.

SUMMARY:

Name FriedEx
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.

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!