This page aims to help you remove LeChiffre Virus. These LeChiffre Virus removal instructions work for all versions of Windows.
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.
What type of ransomware is LeChiffre Virus?
It may seem like an odd thing to state but bear with us, we will explain in a moment. 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. One of the largest online threats currently.|
|Symptoms||Your files are inaccessible with a strange extension after the file names.|
|Distribution Method||You should definitely look for a Trojan Horse as the culprit.|
Remove LeChiffre Virus
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is just the first preparation.
The first mandatory thing is to allow you to see Hidden Files and Folders. Each version of Windows does this slightly differently.
- I repeat – it’s extremely important you do this. LeChiffre Virus may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them to delete them.
Hold the Start Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Right click on each of the malware processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a malware, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to. There’s a good chance LeChiffre Virus is hiding somewhere in here.
VERY IMPORTANT TO READ HERE FIRST!
You are about to embark on the final part of our removal instructions. Please note that what is to follow is equal parts important and dangerous. The remaining instructions are extremely vital for the successful getting rid of LeChiffre Virus. But here is the tricky part. You will need to essentially manipulate and alter important system files. Any mistake or oversight while doing so might lead to severe and often device breaking negative changes.
Because of this, we encourage you to continue with the manual removal method only if you have previous experience in such matters or if you feel completely at ease with the possible less favorable outcomes. In any other case it is our strong suggestion you consider downloading and employing a professional software to help you deal with your malware problems.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:
- Type regedit in the Windows Search Field. Search for the ransomware (try typing its name) in your registries and delete anything with that name. But be extremely careful – if you delete the wrong thing here, you can damage your system.
- Type %temp% in the Windows Search Field and delete all the files in the folder you are transported to.
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!
How to Decrypt files infected with LeChiffre Virus
There is only one known way to remove this virus successfully, barring actually giving in the to the demands of the people who created the virus – reversing your files to a time when they were not infected.
There are two options you have for this:
The first is to do a full system restore. This can take care of the file extension for you completely. To do this just type System Restore in the windows search field and choose a restore point. Click Next until done.
Your second option is a program called Shadow Volume Copies.
Open the Shadow Explorer part of the package and choose the Drive (C or D usually) you want to restore information from. Right click on any file you want to restore and click Export on it.
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