.Reco Virus

This page aims to help you remove the .Reco Virus for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Reco file can be recovered.


.Reco is a computer virus of the notorious Ransomware variety. A ransomware virus such as .Reco would encrypt your files and demand a ransom payment in exchange for the decryption keys.

.Reco Virus

Once infected with the .Reco Virus it will silently encrypt all your files.

.Reco is a Ransomware cryptovirus that can blackmail you for a ransom. If .Reco  has infected you, you’re in a serious trouble.

You’ve likely been informed of the infection via a warning, generated on your computer’s desktop. No doubt that facing such a malware is a stressful experience. On this page, however, we’ve prepared a removal guide to help you effectively remove .Reco from your computer, as well as some instructions on how to potentially get the encrypted files back.

The .Reco virus

.Reco is a file encrypting type of a computer malware known as Ransomware. .Reco is a very dangerous virus which could completely distort a user’s system.

The .Reco virus is a sophisticated file-encrypting infection. The sole purpose of the .Reco virus is to block your access to some of the data stored on your computer.

Then the malware demands a ransom in exchange for a special decryption key, needed to liberate the sealed information. Sadly, this is the second most common form of malicious software, and it’s been around for over thirty years now. Over the past few years, however, the Ransomware has undergone a gigantic increase in popularity with the cyber criminals producing millions of unique samples each year.

The main reason for this is the crazy amounts of money created by these kinds of infections for the hackers who build and distribute them. At the same time, the cyber criminals are notoriously difficult to track because they often demand the ransom to be paid in bitcoins. Bitcoins is one of the most well-known cryptocurrencies and the authorities are almost unable to track it.

Usually, programs such as .Reco, .Xoza and .Noos are delivered with the help of malvertisements, which are actually advertisements that upload the malicious software to your device when you click on them, most of the time without even knowing what happened. Another very powerful and widely used method for distribution of Ransomware is by a Trojan horse virus, which installs the infection once you have let it into your network. Typically the infection occurs once you open a spam email with attachments or hyperlinks which contain a Trojan that has been designed to insert the Ransomware into the system.

After the secret contamination, an infection like .Reco will begin the encryption of your files as scheduled to do, and you will be presented with a ransom note upon completion. Normally, you won’t be able to notice the process, unless your machine’s processing power is not the strongest or there’s quite a lot of information stored on your machine. In this case, you may experience a very significant decrease in speed and overall performance on your PC which may prompt you to check your Task Manager and scan it for unknown resource-consuming processes. If you find a process that obviously does not belong to your system or arouse suspicion in some way, we advise you to shut down your computer immediately and seek professional help before turning it back on.

The .Reco file encryption

.Reco is what is known as a ransomware computer virus. .Reco would encrypt the affected user’s files and render them completely inaccessible.

The .Reco file encryption is the most unpleasant consequence of the Ransomware’s attack. Dealing with the .Reco file encryption, however may not be easy.

Normally, in order to reverse the applied encryption you will need a special decryption key. Paying ransom to the hackers in order to obtain it, however, may not be a good idea and will only put your money to risk. Therefore, we advise you to take a look at our removal guide and check out the instructions there before deciding on whether to pay the hackers or not. These steps will hopefully help you remove .Reco and get some of your files back without paying a ransom.


Name .Reco
Type Ransomware
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]
Detection Tool

.Reco Ransomware Removal

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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).

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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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. 

    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.

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    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:

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    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:

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    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.

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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!

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    How to Decrypt .Reco 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!


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    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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