Remove Anatova Ransomware (+File Recovery) Feb. 2019 Update


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

Recently, a new malicious software virus has been released under the name of Anatova and with its help, the hackers who use it are able to blackmail the web users to give them their money. This type of malware is known as Ransomware and is considered one of the nastiest computer threats you may encounter. It is also much more sophisticated than a regular virus, thus, the problems it can cause can be much more serious. If such a threat infects your machine, it is very likely that you will be blocked from accessing the screen of your device or the data kept on the computer. This is done in order to allow the hackers who control the Ransomware to blackmail their victims to pay a ransom if they want to regain the access to their files. They typically display a scary ransom notification and give a short deadline after which they threaten to keep the device or its data locked forever. Usually, a complex encryption algorithm is when a Ransomware virus targets the files inside the PC. Dealing with this encryption can be very challenging and now always successful. In the next lines, however, we will offer you some alternative solutions which may help you remove the nasty infection and maybe save your files.

What can a Ransomware like Anatova do?

As per the information that our “How to remove” team has, Anatova spreads via different misleading sources such as deceitful links, files or email attachments, legitimate-looking sites, spam and even in a combination with Trojan horse viruses. The contamination usually happens when the users click on such a transmitter and this way unknowingly activate the malware.

Anatova follows a specific agenda and targets the files found on the computer. It infiltrates all hard drives and searches for certain file types which later become encrypted with a very complex algorithm. This Ransomware is what is known as a cryptovirus and is one of the most commonly used types of Ransomware. The main targets of its attack are usually different documents, images, work files, audios, videos, archives and maybe even certain system files which get locked with an encryption and thus become inaccessible to the victim. A special decryption key, however, gets generated on the server of the hackers and with its help, the affected files can get back to normal. The crooks, of course, won’t give that key to you for free. They will ruthlessly blackmail you to pay whatever amount of money they want.

Apart from the file-encrypting type, the security experts also identify a screen-locking Ransomware as well as Ransomware targeting smart devices. These two types do not affect your data and instead place a full-screen ransom-demanding banner on the screen of your laptop, desktop, tablet or smartphone and again prevent you from accessing your icons and menus unless you pay a ransom. From all the three categories, however, the file-encrypting Ransomware is the most difficult to counteract because releasing the files from the malicious encryption can rarely be guaranteed.

How to deal with Anatova?

Unfortunately, so far, there is no universal solution which can provide a 100% effective recovery from a Ransomware attack. This makes Anatova and the infections of the same kind extremely tricky to deal with, mostly because it is oftentimes impossible to deal with the infection without losing some of your data. In many cases, neither paying the ransom to the hackers nor trying some other steps or instructions can bring things back to the state before the attack.

You can, of course, take the risk and give the criminals your money with the hope that they will send you the decryption key. Whether this will really happen, however, nobody can guarantee. The crooks may ask for more money, they may send you a key that doesn’t work or simply disappear and don’t send you anything. Other alternatives which don’t require your money and you may like to consider include using your own file backups or the backup copies of the system if they are available. For this method, however, you must remove Anatova from the computer before you try to connect any backup source. Otherwise, the Ransomware may encrypt your backup source as well and really leave you without any data. Contacting a professional is an option as well, but before you do that, we suggest you give a try to the instructions in the Removal Guide below or use the professional Anatova removal tool to scan your computer and remove the hidden Ransomware scripts. You can also research different blogs, forums and other alternative methods or decryptor tools which may help you minimize the effects of the attack.

SUMMARY:

Name Anatova
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

Remove Anatova Ransomware


 

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 Anatova 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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