[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.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when talking about a PC virus or a malware program? Probably some kind of malicious and harmful piece of software that can damage your computer system, corrupt the software on your computer or maybe spy on you or steal sensitive personal information from the PC. This is indeed what most types of malware are known and used for. However, there is one particular and highly advanced category of computer threats that have taken a rather unique approach regarding the way they function. The malware category that we are referring to is the infamous Ransomware cryptovirus type. Ransomware threats, in general, are malicious pieces of malware used in blackmailing schemes. With the cryptovirus sub-category, a special encryption is used to lock-up the files that are stored inside the hard-drive of each targeted device. Once the files are locked, the victims are told they must pay the hackers to have the files unlocked. The instructions and the contact info required to carry out the money transfer is provided within a special ransom note that most cryptoviruses place either on the desktop of the infected machine or inside each folder that contains encrypted files. Of course, if you do not have any important or valuable files on your machine, a Ransomware cryptovirus would be practically harmless to you. However, as it turns out, most users do indeed have valuable and important data inside their computers which is one of the reason why this type of malware has been thriving throughout the past years. Currently, Ransomware infections are one of the most problematic types of malware and it might not always be possible to counteract them in an effective way once the encryption of the files has been completed.

Of course, some users might not give it much thought and pay the money, especially if the sealed files are of major importance. However, there can’t be any guarantee that the data would actually be restored upon payment – you simply can’t trust a cyber-criminal’s promises. Therefore, we have tried to offer all of you an alternative for one of the most problematic pieces of Ransomware – the nasty [email protected] cryptovirus:

[email protected] Ransomware Removal


Step1

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).

Step2

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. 

malware-start-taskbar

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.

Step3

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:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step4

WARNING!
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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt [email protected] files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

The guide from this page actually has a twofold purpose. The first task that it’s supposed to help you with is for you to remove the actual malware (in this case, [email protected]). In order to do that, you can either use the manual instructions to find any malware-associated data inside your system and have it deleted or you could opt for the specialized malware-removal software which can also be found on the current page. Normally, we’d advise our users to make use of both of those options as that would maximize your chances of getting rid of everything that might be related to the infection.

However, removing [email protected] is not going to solve everything as the files would still most likely be inaccessible even after the virus is gone. This is where the second part of the guide comes into play – it will give you some possible options that might help you restore some of the encrypted data. The problem here is that we can’t promise you if and how successful the data recovery suggestions would be. This is, in fact, the worst part about Ransomware cryptoviruses like [email protected] – their encryption algorithm is oftentimes so advanced that really the only way to get through it would be through the use of a special decryption key. In fact, it is this key that you are suppose to pay for to the hackers when carrying out the ransom money transfer. However, as we already pointed out, even if you go for that, there’s still no guarantee that you’d be able to retrieve your files. In this case, however, you’d also be putting your money on the line which is why it is typically advisable to first try all possible alternatives and only if nothing else seems to work out consider paying the hackers.

Distribution of threats like [email protected] Ransomware

It is difficult to list all possible ways you can land a cryptovirus the likes of [email protected] Ransomware simply because they are so many. Spam letter attachments, contaminated software downloaded from unreliable download platforms, fake web advertisements that lure the users into interacting with them only so that they could link them to the nasty virus and even other malware infections (such as Trojan Horses) that could serve as a backdoor for the Ransomware. The possibilities are endless and this is the reason why it’s so important to always be vigilant and attentive while browsing the Internet – never allow yourself to click on stuff that might be unreliable and hazardous. A great piece of advice that can be given to specifically counteract Ransomware cryptovirus infections would be to backup your files and that way always have copies of them stored on a location that no Ransomware could reach. This tip is probably the best possible way to handle a potential Ransomware attack before it has even happened.

SUMMARY:

Name [email protected]
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Ransomware can be really difficult to detect because on most cases the only potentially visible symptoms would be an increase in the RAM and CPU that your machine uses.
Distribution Method A shady and misleading ad, a spam e-mail letter, a illegal or pirated program download as well as many other types of online content could be potential carriers of Ransomware.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

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!


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