Clop Rasnomware


Clop is a Ransomware-based malicious infection, focused on locking users information. Clop uses encryption method and targets personal data and system records, making them unusable without a proper decryption key.

Clop Rasnomware

The Clop Ransomware ransom message

It’s no secret that the representatives of the so-called Ransomware cryptovirus category are among the most widespread and also the most dangerous and problematic malware programs on the Internet right now. As you likely know, a cryptovirus of this category can place a file-encryption on all of the personal data on its victim’s computer, thereby rendering the said data inaccessible and thus unusable. If that has recently happened to you too, then the most probably culprit is a newly discovered cryptovirus infection that is known under the name of Clop. This malicious piece of malware is supposed to secretly sneak inside the computers of its targets and take the personal data on the said computers hostage by using a special encryption process in order to make it impossible to open any of the targeted files. The point of all this is to blackmail the victim of the cryptovirus for a ransom payment of a certain sum. If the user pays, they would get their files restored and things will go back to normal – or at least that’s what the hackers behind Clop would have you believe. The truth, however, is that you can’t really put any trust in the promises made by these cyber criminals as there is nothing to say that they won’t simply accept the money you send them without really offering you a solution for your problem, which, in this case, are the encrypted files. For this reason, it’s preferable if you first try the alternative solutions to this issue that may be available to you. One such solution may be the guide that you will find below that will help you with the removal of Clop as well as with the potential methods you can use to get some of the locked files back.

Clop Rasnomware

The Clop is a Ransomware virus that locks access to your files. To achieve that, the Clop Ransomware encrypts your data with a code and then demands a payment to liberate it.

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The Clop Ransomware encrypted files

These sneaky threats can be really difficult to spot on time due to the fact that they rarely show any symptoms that can show you there’s something sketchy going on in your computer. Most antiviruses are also helpless against Ransomware threats like Usam or Vawe, due to the overall lack of damaging activities during the time the cryptovirus is locking your data. This really leaves you with no options when it comes to spotting Clop or any other similar infection on time. Still, some antivirus programs do provide Ransomware-detection features so you may want to look into that. Also, staying vigilant and paying attention to how your computer behaves may also allow you to spot potential infections with Ransomware and other cyber threats. If, for instance, your machine is using way too much RAM or CPU, then there may be some unwanted or potentially hazardous program in it that is causing this excessive system resources use. And, of course, the best way to keep your system and data safe is to avoid online locations and content that don’t seem to be reliable as well as keep regular backups of the files that you consider to be important.


Name Clop
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms During the encryption, the only visible symptoms you could normally expect are high use of RAM and CPU.
Distribution Method Compromised sites, phishing pages, pirated content and many more.
Data Recovery Tool Not Available
Detection Tool

Remove Clop Ransomware

Clop Rasnomware

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 Clop 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!


    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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