[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] file can be recovered.

When it comes to malware, in general, the largest group of computer threats is formed by the Trojan horses. However, in terms of harmfulness, the Ransomware category seems to be more problematic and dangerous. The most dreadful effects and losses that the computer users could experience are caused by the representatives of this malicious group. That’s why, on this page, we’ve decided to focus our attention on the Ransomware viruses and explain how they operate, how  they are getting spread and, most importantly, how to protect your PC against them. We are also going to reveal the characteristics of one particular Ransomware infection called [email protected], which has recently been spotted infecting thousands of computers. This infection is a file-encrypting virus, which is able to sneak into any computer without visible symptoms. Once inside, [email protected] can put into use a very complex encryption, adding it to all the files that are stored inside the drives and prevent the user from accessing them unless they pay a ransom. How to deal with this nasty blackmail scheme and how to remove the Ransomware is what we are going to cover in the next lines. Stay with us if you need help against this malicious malware piece and make use of the instructions in the Removal Guide below.  

What to expect from a Ransomware threat like [email protected]?

As a typical file-encrypting Ransomware virus, [email protected] normally applies encryption to a certain list of targeted files, which can be found on the infected computer. Usually, the infection secretly scans all the drives and decides which types of data are likely to be the most valuable for the victim and then locks them up with a very complex code. What follows after this malicious process is even worse. The Ransomware generates a ransom message and places it on the victim’s screen. Typicaly, a short deadline is given to fulfill a certain set of steps, which lead the victim to a ransom payment page. If a payment is not made on time, the hackers, who control the infection might threaten to keep the files locked forever or maybe even delete them. If you send them the money they want, however, they usually promise to send you back a decryption key. We need to warn you though that, unfortunately, this is not always the case and many users do not receive any key even after having made the payment.

Well, all things considered, we have to admit that even the best security experts may not be able to deal with Ransomware successfully each and every time. Still, it is always better to contact a professional and seek their assistance rather than pay money to the hackers. If you are a bit more confident computer user, you can also try to deal with the infection on your own. The instructions in the Removal Guide below may help you in this uneasy task but still bear in mind that even if you remove [email protected] Ransomware, guarantees cannot be given that your files will be restored. The only sure way to get everything back is to use file backup copies, if you keep any. Alternatively, you can give a try to the file-restoration instructions, included in the Removal Guide.


[email protected] Ransomware 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).



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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. 


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, 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!


How to Decrypt [email protected] 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!

Dealing with threats like [email protected] can be very difficult because the reversal of the file-encryption, used by these Ransomware viruses, can be so complex, that it may not always be possible to convert the affected files back to normal. Despite being promised a decryption key, nothing can guarantee you the complete recovery of your data regardless of whether you decide to make the payment or not. Besides, there is always a chance for them to simply disappear without sending you anything. For this reason, we strongly discourage the victims to follow the ransom instruction and advise them to save up their money instead of giving them to some anonymous cyber criminals. But what else can you do?

Where may Ransomware be found and how to protect yourself?

The cyber criminals are very creative when they have to distribute their malware, and when it comes to Ransomware, they can really go out their way to spread these terrible viruses. Massive spam email campaigns are often used for that purpose in order to infect as many PCs as possible. In many cases, the threat comes in a combination with a Trojan horse, which can be disguised as a harmless email or attachment, a link, an ad, a pop-up notification, a fake software update or just a seemingly harmless file that you may download from the Internet. For this reason, it is not a good idea to trust everything that you come across on the Internet or you receive on your email. Make sure you protect your PC with reliable antivirus software because it can detect possible malicious scripts and notify you about them before any major damage has been inflicted. Also, don’t forget to update your OS to the latest security patches and try to stick only to known and reputed web locations. This way, you may greatly reduce the risk of coming across a potential malware transmitter.


Name [email protected]
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.

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