Jope is a ransomware variant of the file-encrypting type. This means that Jope encrypts specific file types on the computers of its victims and then blackmails them for ransom.
By encrypting the files, this ransomware basically denies users access to these files. Hence, no program or software will be able to make sense of the data and therefore won’t be able to open it. In turn, the hackers offer to provide with a solution for this problem in the form a decryption key. But, of course, there’s a catch. And the catch is that you will first be required to pay a hefty sum of money as ‘ransom’, which is how this malicious software type gets its name.
Unfortunately, ransomware viruses like Jope are among the most dangerous pieces of malicious code out there and are very difficult to deal with. But that doesn’t mean that paying the hackers is the only option you have. First and foremost, you need to remove Jope from your system so as to ensure that it doesn’t encrypt any files that you manage to recover. We have described this process in step-by-step format in the free removal guide below.
But in the second part of the guide, we have also listed several alternative file-recovery methods that you can try before you decide to send your hard earned cash to some cyber criminals.
The Jope virus
The Jope virus can target most commonly used file types including images, videos, audios, documents, etc. The Jope virus then creates encrypted copies of the files whilst deleting the originals.
The above can at times be a rather tedious process and take up to several hours to complete, depending on the computer’s processing power and the amount of data stored on it. And this can, in turn, sometimes offer the victim user an opportunity to stop the virus in its tracks before it manages to encrypt all of the files on the PC. But in order for this to happen, the user would have to be prompted to check the Task Manager where the ransomware would be the process using the most system resources. Most probably this ‘prompt’ would be a slowdown in the system’s overall performance, as ransomware doesn’t otherwise have any symptoms.
Furthermore, relying on your antivirus to stop Jope is a mistake, too. In most cases, antivirus software will not be triggered by ransomware, and some advanced versions of this malware class can even disable the antivirus on your computer.
The Jope file encryption
The Jope file encryption is typically very complex and the only way to reverse it is with the help of a special decryption key. In some instances, users may be able to find a solution for the Jope file encryption in decryptor tools online.
Other possible solutions include restoring your files from system backups, for example. We have mentioned a few others in the guide below. But the best and absolute surefire way to disarm any ransomware infection is by keeping copies of your most important files on a separate drive.
|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||[banner_table_recovery]|
Remove Jope Ransomware
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).
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.
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.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once 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:
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 Jope 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!