If you are reading this article we can only assume that you have fallen victim to LeChiffre Virus. This is a computer threat of the Ransomware variety. All the typical signs are present – you have found that most of your personal files cannot be opened, have a strange extension and there is an explanatory/warning message on your desktop or some other easily accessible place, informing you that your files have been encrypted and you need to pay a certain amount of money to get them back.
Unfortunately it would hardly come as a surprise that you are in big trouble, ransomware applications are a recurring theme in the last 5 or 6 years but that doesn’t make them any less devastating and feared. Quite on the contrary, this has turned into a multimillion dollar extortion industry. But don’t lose hope, there are things to be done and we will try to provide the platform for you to get your files back, but first you need to understand what you will be dealing with and how to remove it before attempting to rescue your encrypted information.
The LeChiffre Virus
If you had found yourself with your desktop screen locked away by some porn image or embarrassing message and unable to access your computer unless you send a text message to a phone number, surely with premium taxing involved, you might had been better off than where you’re standing currently. The reason for this – that’s a type of Ransomware that is not really encrypting your files but simply relying on scare tactics and shock to make victims pay.
Unfortunately LeChiffre Virus is the real “encrypting your files for real” deal. An encryption key has been used to make your files inaccessible and your options are quite limited. You either hope that the sizeable online community working to crack such encryption finds a way, or you pay the ransom and hope the criminals keep their word and send you the exact decryption key you need.
Of course you can also try our method, while there are no way to guarantee it would work, we can promise you that if you follow our instructions you would not make your situation any worse.
What if I pay the ransom?
For anybody in your position this is a completely viable question. Truth is there’s no definitive answer whether you should pay up and hope for the best or refuse to do it and try everything possible to deal with this issue on your own.
Our own advice would be to resort to paying the ransom only as a last possible solution after you’ve dried up all other possible methods first, and only if you really, really need your files back.
Our reasoning – first and foremost there are no guarantees or assurances that might possibly ensure the positive outcome for you if you pay the demanded money. You might receive a decryption key but it is even more likely that you will get scammed and lose not only your files but some money in the process as well. Secondly, you wouldn’t want to be associated in any way with supporting cyber terrorism. Because that is what you are dealing with. These people are cyber criminals and by paying them money you only encourage them to continue in their foul ways.
|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]|
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Remove LeChiffre 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:
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 LeChiffre 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!