Redboot Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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

Ransomware has become one of the most threatening virus types on the internet. It evolves very rapidly, always staying a few steps ahead of security experts and the authorities, and it’s costing regular users and businesses millions of dollars each year in ransom money. Not to mention the losses that people suffer due to the often irreversible effects that this malware type has. Just like numerous other ransomware variants before it, Redboot has been reported to stealthily encrypt the most precious files on its victims’ computers and then try and extort money from them. That is why we’ve created the current article and the removal guide that follows. With its help we aim to inform users out there about this horrible threat and hopefully contribute at least slightly to disarming it. In addition, we would also like to provide the victims of Redboot with a working solution by offering the instructions necessary to have this virus removed from their computers. Furthermore, the instructions will also offer steps that may be able to recover the files that Redboot has encrypted, though we wouldn’t want you to get your hopes up too high just yet.

Why ransomware has become such a menace

Malicious programs of the ransomware type have been around for decades now. But it wasn’t until the rise of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin that they rose to prominence as well. Initially only present in Russia, ransomware has now become a global threats with millions of new variants emerging each year. The reason why Bitcoin and similar has played such a vital role in this malware type’s success is the fact that it’s anonymous. Hence, under its cover, the hackers that distribute viruses like Redboot need not fear prosecution, as the streams of money that flow to them from victims such as yourself can’t be tracked. This is a good reason to give paying the ransom money a good, hard thought. If you’re considering this as an option, ask yourself whether you would really like to keep this practice going? We doubt you would like for other people to end up in the same situation as you have. Therefore, it’s highly advisable to seek other alternatives.

We’re offering you here to remove Redboot from your system, and this is something you should probably do anyway. Otherwise you will risk having even more files getting encrypted. Not to mention that if Redboot remains on your PC, it may potentially introduce other malware to it or even encrypt the files you possibly manage to save anew. Once you have dealt with the infection, you can then try to recover the data that was locked by the virus with the help of the instructions that will follow in the same guide. Our steps aim to restore the files from system backups. As each case of ransomware infection is different, we cannot promise that this will necessarily work for everyone. However, trying certainly won’t hurt either.

Redboot Ransomware Removal



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Restoring basic Windows functionality
Before you are able to remove the Redboot Ransomware from your computer you need to be able to access it in the first place. Since the ransomware will prevent Windows from booting itself your first job is to repair the Master Boot Records (MBR) of your drive.
To do that you’ll need your original Windows OS DVD (or an USB bootable drive for advanced users)
  1. Insert the DVD (or the USB) into the computer, then run the computer and choose to boot the OS from the DVD/USB. You may have to change Windows boot priorities from the bios by pressing Del
  2. When Windows boots from the DVD/USB select Windows Repair
  3. Open the Command Prompt and write the following commands inside:     enter: bootrec / fixmbr, bootrec / fixboot and bootrec / rebuildbcd
  4. Your Windows OS should now be able to boot normally. You can proceed with the removal of the virus as usual.




We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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


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.


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:


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.


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
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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!


How to Decrypt Redboot files

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

Other alternatives that we can suggest involve getting in touch with other specialists – ones who deal specifically with ransomware and its aftermath. Perhaps they will be able to provide you with the assistance necessary to retrieve the information you’ve lost. Besides that you can also try finding a decryptor tool that will be able to crack the code and free your data. We have published a list of such tools on our website and we are always on the lookout for new decryptors to add to it. So check there and perhaps you will be able to find the one you need.

Besides fighting an attack that’s already occurred, we think it no less important (if not more so) to be armed with the necessary knowledge so as to prevent these kinds of attacks before they even happen. One of the key aspects to doing that is knowing where ransomware like Redboot is usually found and avoiding those web locations. Typically, shady and illegal websites have always been known to carry malware, so try to limit your access to those as much as possible. In addition, one of the most common sources of infection is still through opening spam emails. If a message is clearly not from a legitimate sender, if it contains attached files and there’s just simply something off about it – you’re better off not opening it at all. The same goes for various online ads, suspicious notifications that aren’t coming from your system and popups telling you you’ve won a prize – trust none of these and steer clear.


Name Redboot
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 Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

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.

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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