Ransomware

Remove Ciop Virus Ransomware (+.Ciop File Recovery) March 2019 Update


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

The main problem when a Ransomware cryptovirus like .Ciop attacks your computer is the fact that you may never again gain access to your own personal files that were on the computer’s hard-drive at the time of the infection. There are mainly two courses of action you can follow if you end up in such a situation and in this post we will tell you what each of them may entail. In case your machine has gotten invaded by .Ciop and your files encrypted by the nefarious cryptovirus, you may find the next paragraphs useful and helpful and, if you are lucky, you may even manage to bring back some of your data.

The Ransomware cryptovirus agenda

The scheme in which cyber threats like .Ciop are used is actually rather simple – the virus enters the system, uses an advanced encryption code to seal most (or all) of the personal user files in the computer and then blackmails the computer’s Admin to pay a ransom in order to regain access to the locked-up data. Usually, the whole encryption process goes without any symptoms and even if the user has an antivirus program on their machine, the infection may still go unnoticed as nothing is really getting harmed on the computer. The encryption process does not damage the files it targets, it simply locks them up. Upon the completion of the encryption, a note is shown on the desktop of the attacked machine or within any folder that contains encrypted files. The note informs the Ransomware victims about what has happened to their data and tells them the only way they could ever retrieve their files is by making the ransom payment, following the strict instructions included in the note. This is the first of the two possible courses of action in such a situation and it is actually the one we wouldn’t advise you to go for. Instead, what you may try is the removal guide for .Ciop below:

.Ciop Virus Ransomware File

Regarding the recovery of the encrypted data

If you carefully follow the steps in the guide and maybe make use of the professional removal program there, you may be able to liberate your computer from the insidious .Ciop, which is the first step towards potentially getting your files back without paying the demanded ransom money. This is the second course of action in case of a Ransomware infection and is the one that we advise you to follow. The reason we believe that going for the ransom payment is not a really good idea is because it’s totally possible that you may lose your money and still not decrypt your files. Normally, the hackers are supposed to send you a decryption key after you pay them but there’s nothing that can really guarantee you that this is what’s really going to happen if you send the money.

In the guide from this page, you will find a separate section with alternative file recovery suggestions that are free. Sadly, we cannot promise that they will enable you to release your files from the grasp of the .Ciop cryptovirus. Nevertheless, if you follow your guide, you should at least be able to clean your computer from the infection and make it safe for future use and you may still retrieve some of your data in the process.

SUMMARY:

Name .Ciop
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Your computer may start to use high amounts of RAM and CPU once the encryption starts.
Distribution Method Pirated programs and games as well as malicious ads and spam messages is what gets the most computers infected with Ransomware.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Remove .Ciop Virus Ransomware File


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.

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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 .Ciop 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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