Welcome to our article, in which we will attempt to provide you with some crucial information in regards to [email protected] – one of the latest viruses of the Ransomware type. For your own safety, we advise you to carefully read through all paragraphs and make a mental note of each tip that we have to offer, because what you are probably dealing with at the moment is arguably one of the nastiest software viruses that you can get. Ransomware is capable of encrypting all your important files and documents until you pay ransom to the hacker exploiting the malicious program. Apart from that, it could be really difficult to remove a virus such as [email protected] from your PC, no matter how well prepared you might be. Keep in mind that there is a reason why the Ransomware threat is such a big issue – unfortunately even big anti-virus developers are struggling to find a solution for each newly released version of this malicious software. Therefore, regardless of whether you are one of its many victims or you’ve managed to keep your PC safe so far, this article could greatly help you in the long run.
Why is Ransomware such a big issue?
There is a myriad of different harmful programs out there: Trojans, spyware, worms, etc. However, the one that seems to currently be the most problematic on a global scale is Ransomware. There are a couple of reasons for this. In order for you to better understand what makes this particular type of malicious software so difficult to deal with, we must explain how it actually works. You see, Ransomware such as [email protected] does not take a direct approach utilized by most other viruses that try to either steal money from your bank accounts, spy on you or outright lay waste to your system. This makes it easier for anti-virus programs to detect the malicious tasks and inform the user about the infection. On the other hand, most security software is unable to spot any Ransomware activity before it is already too late. This is because once [email protected] virus gets inside your system, it encrypts your files. Since a number of legitimate programs use certain types of encryption, this is often left under the radar of any security software that you might have. However, the encryption used by the Ransomware cannot be read by your PC and the decryption code for it is possessed only by the hacker behind the virus.
The encryption process itself goes the following way: First, the malicious program copies all your data files with the copies being locked by a sophisticated encryption and then it deletes the originals. The user still has their files intact; however they cannot access the data. After the process is over, a message is displayed on the screen, demanding a ransom payment in exchange for the decryption code. Instructions on how to make the transfer are provided within the notification. Usually the money is demanded in cyber-currency such as bitcoins. Since bitcoins are nearly untraceable, the hacker is able to remain anonymous, which makes it that much more difficult for law enforcement agencies to catch the criminal. In most cases, the blackmailer gets away with it and keeps on terrorizing more users.
Probably the worst thing about a Ransomware infection is that once the files have been encrypted, there is very little that you can do. There are several possible methods on removing the virus and maybe restoring your files that could work if you are lucky, but there are no guarantees. Below this article, there is a guide that can help you remove [email protected] virus and potentially regain access to your locked files, but remember that it might still sometimes fail to resolve all problems caused by this nasty virus. Some of you might be actually thinking about paying the ransom. However, you are after all dealing with a criminal and nothing guarantees you that you will get the necessary code even if you follow the instructions and make the transfer. That is why, the best course of action that you can currently take if your files have already been encrypted is try our Ransomware removal guide and see if it works for you.
Advice for future use
Obviously, the threat of Ransomware is not going away anytime soon. Therefore, you need to be prepared. In order to deal with any future threats from viruses like [email protected], back-up your important files – this is probably the greatest precaution that one can take against a potential Ransomware attack. Also, make sure to stay away from any shady or illegal sites and download software only from reputable sources that you know you can trust. Additionally, do not open any suspicious e-mails or hyperlinks, even if they are sent to you from someone in your contact list since their device might be hacked and turned into a spam bot. Last but not least, get your computer a high-quality anti-virus program since on some occasions Ransomware might get inside your PC via some other virus that serves as a backdoor into your computer’s system.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||Decreased PC productivity, high amounts of CPU, RAM and hard-drive space during the encryption process.|
|Distribution Method||Malicious links in illegal sites, spam e-mail messages, infected torrents and with the help of another virus serving as a backdoor to your PC.|
[email protected] Ransomware Virus Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 files infected with [email protected]
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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