Rakhni Ransomware Decryptor (+.excuses File Recovery) July 2018 Update


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This page aims to help you remove Rakhni Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .excuses file can be recovered.

Ransomware is a term used to describe one particular category of malicious software programs that is used by cyber-criminals for the purposes of blackmailing and money extortion. The way Ransomware viruses work is they block the access to the infected computer machine or to the data files located on its hard-drives. Once the lockdown is completed, the computer’s user is promised that their PC or files would get restored to their accessible state under the condition that the victim makes a ransom payment to the hackers. This is the essence of the blackmailing scheme conducted by online criminals who use Ransomware. In this current article, we will focus our attention on Rakhni Ransomware- a recently developed cryptovirus program. The cryptoviruses are considered to be the most advanced and, therefore, the most problematic types of Ransomware. They use a method called data encryption to seal the targeted files of the user and keep them that way until the money is paid. Naturally, if the ransom payment doesn’t get carried, the encryption would remain on the files keeping the inaccessible. 

Rakhni Ransomware

What options do you have in case of an infection by this Ransomware?

If you have come to this page seeking help against this particular Ransomware representative, we might be able to provide you with some useful information that might help you handle this insidious malware infection. In case Rakhni Ransomware is indeed currently inside your PC system, we advise you to carefully read the next lines and then head to the removal guide provided on this page. The guide contains instructions that thoroughly describe the process of removing this nasty virus from an infected system. However, know that there is a difference between having the Ransomware removed and getting the files that it has encrypted recovered. While the likelihood of managing to eliminate Rakhni Ransomware is rather high and there might be different ways of achieving that, the same cannot be said regarding the chances of getting all your files back.

Rakhni Ransomware Decryptor


 

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.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware & virus scanner is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase its full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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 Rakhni 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!

Currently, there aren’t any surefire methods for data recovery in case of a Ransomware infection and, sadly, we cannot promise you that our file restoration suggestions will always work for all instances of Ransomware attacks. Still, we believe that trying out the suggested methods is a better course of action when compared to the ransom payment as you wouldn’t be risking your money and you wouldn’t be further encouraging the hackers to continue harassing more and more people with viruses such as Rakhni. Keep in mind that paying the money doesn’t necessarily equal getting your data back. While in some cases the hackers might keep their promise and send you the decryption key that you need to access the encrypted data, there is nothing to guarantee that this would be the case with you and your files. For what you know, the cyber-criminals might simply get your money without sending you anything, thus leaving you with your locked-up data and no means to have it unsealed meaning that you would have wasted your money in vain. Generally, we advocate the idea that one should try all available alternatives leaving the ransom-payment option only as a last resort course of action.

Detection difficulties

One major issue that users have with Ransomware is the fact that most people are typically unable to detect the infection on time and are therefore incapable of intercepting it before it has managed to lock the files. Of course, once the file encryption is complete, the Ransomware reveals itself through a ransom-demanding note generated on the user’s desktop but until the, the virus normally stays hidden without showing any indicators of its presence. Because of the inherently harmless danger of the encryption that is used (the encryption doesn’t cause damage to the files or the system of the PC), even reliable antivirus programs are oftentimes unable to spot the virus which further attributes to the high success levels of most Ransomware infections. Nevertheless, we highly recommend that you keep your eyes open for any unusual system behavior and that you ensure your PC is protected by a strong security program so that you at least stand a certain chance to detect such infections before they have managed to lock-up all your data.

Distribution of Ransomware viruses like Rakhni

The usual methods for that are the use of spam messages with compromised file or link attachments, misleading and fake online ads generated by sites with low reputation and/or ones that are illegal. Pirated programs are another very popular tool for spreading viruses like Rakhni so make sure to only download software that is legal and legally distributed. Also, avoid going to sites that seem unreliable as there’s no need to put your system at any unnecessary risk. If you want to make sure that your files would stay safe even in case a virus like Rakhni manages to compromise your PC, the simple solution would be to backup your data using a separated device (or a cloud) and keep it disconnected from the Internet and from your PC. Never connect you backup device to your PC if you suspect that the computer might have been infected or else you risk compromising the backup as well.

SUMMARY:

Name Rakhni
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Ransomware infections normally show no visible symptoms during the encryption.
Distribution Method Misleading and fake online ads, various types of spam messages, shady and illegal sites, Trojan backdoors, etc.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.


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