Remove .Eth Ransomware Virus (+.Eth File Recovery) April 2019 Update


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

One of the nastiest problems that you can face if you are a PC owner is having your machine invaded by a Ransomware cryptovirus such as the recently released .Eth. Cryptoviruses like .Eth are a specific type of Ransomware viruses that are sued for encrypting the personal data documents of their victims. The encryption basically renders all targeted files inaccessible to the computer’s user. After the data has been sealed by the insidious cryptovirus, the user is told that they’d need to make a ransom payment following specific instructions that the Ransomware provides within a note generated on the infected machine’s desktop. If the user makes the payment to the hackers behind the attack, they’d supposedly be send a key that would enable them to decrypt the files and thus regain their access to them. However, there’s no shortage of examples where this didn’t really happen. Many unfortunate Ransomware victims that have actually made the requested money transaction by following the hackers’ instructions have been eventually left with no means for unsealing their own data despite having paid the ransom. Naturally, such cyber-criminals wouldn’t really care about whether their victims do get to access their files again as long as the hackers manage to extort as much money as possible from their targets. Still, most of the time the encryption key does get send to the targeted victim yet it is still inadvisable to go for that option. There’s still a significant chance that the hackers would simply get the money without releasing your files from the Ransomware’s grasp. Because of this, we always tell our readers that it’s a better course of action to seek potential alternatives if any such alternatives are available. The good news here is that, in case you have had your data locked-up by .Eth Ransomware, down below you can find a guide with instructions on how to eradicate the virus and potentially regain access to the files that it has sealed.

.Eth Ransomware File

The bad news, however, is that we can’t promise you that the data you are trying to retrieve will get restored even after completing all the steps from the suggested guide. Sadly, Ransomware viruses are oftentimes way too advanced and complex and even the best file-restoration options (and those aren’t many) might oftentimes not be enough to resolve the issue. Still, it is better to give the guide a try instead of directly risking your money for a key you might not even receive.

The subtle encryption

Lack of symptoms during Ransomware infection is one of the major problems with cryptoviruses like .Eth. Although sometimes the malware might need quite some time to lock-up your files, the encryption process would likely get conducted in complete stealth. Detecting a Ransomware such as .Eth is tricky as there are little to no symptoms and even antivirus programs oftentimes have difficulty spotting such a threat. The main reason for the ineffectiveness of the security programs likely lies in the inherently harmless nature of the encryption process used by the cryptovirus. Although Ransomware programs are considered to be some of the worst forms of malware, most such programs don’t actually cause any direct harm to the infected system or to the data which is on it. Due to that, a typical security tool might be unable to recognize the malware and thus leave the user uninformed about the virus’ presence. Still, it’s essential that you always have your machine protected by a reliable, high-quality antivirus program. Some security software companies have lately been trying to introduce Ransomware-detection features to their products so consider installing such an antivirus on your machine if you don’t already have one.

Prevention of future infections

There are many ways for a Ransomware to infiltrate your system. The virus might come from a compromised e-mail attachment that you have opened, from some pirated software program that you have tried to install or from some shady and misleading online request that you have clicked upon. Another distribution method is the use of backdoor Trojans – in this case, your machine would first get infected by the Trojan virus which later loads the Ransomware inside your system. There are many other possible ways in which .Eth or any other cryptovirus could infect your machine which is why you must always keep an eye out for suspicious and shady-looking web content. Make sure to only go to reliable online locations while avoiding anything that doesn’t seem to be trusted and also get your files backed-up so that even if a cryptovirus manages to infect your machine and locks your data, you’d still have the said data copied and saved to another location where the Ransomware cannot reach it. For instance, you could use a cloud service, an external hard-drive or a flash memory stick if you don’t need that much storage space for the backup. It would only take a few minutes to set-up the backup location yet it could save you a lot of money, time and nerves in future.

SUMMARY:

Name .Eth
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Most Ransomware viruses have no symptoms which is one of the reasons why such infections are so problematic.
Distribution Method Through shay web-sites with pirated content, spam online messages, backdoor virus programs and others.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Remove .Eth Ransomware Virus


 

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 .Eth 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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