Ransomware

Remove .Etols File Virus Ransomware (+File Recovery)


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

If you have sensitive and/or important files in your computer that you’d want to keep safe, encrypting them is probably one of the best ways to do that. A file-encryption placed on your valuable data will make the said data inaccessible to people who are not authorized to open the encrypted files. If you have issued the encryption, then you’d be the only one in possession of the key that can read through it and allow you to access the data. Unfortunately, however, this rather useful process that many users employ for the security and safety of their valuable files is also the basis behind the so-called Ransomware cryptovirus programs . These malicious pieces of malware are widely known for their ability to lock up the files of their victims and if the latter have no backup copies of the encrypted data, they’d be unable to access any of the documents, images, audios, videos and other data that has gotten locked-up by the Ransomware. Of course, the purpose of this encryption of the malware’s victims’ files is to force the users to pay a ransom for the release of the “hostage” data. If a Ransomware enters your computer and uses its encryption code to prevent you from accessing your files, you will surely be offered the option of paying a certain amount of BitCoins (or some other similar cryptocurrency) in exchange for the liberation of the files that got locked. We, however, advise against the payment option – you should at least try some other tactics and methods of handling such an infection before you consider the payment “solution”. Since this article is mostly about the .Etols cryptovirus, we assume that you have come here exactly because you have landed this nasty malware on your computer. In that case, our advice for you is to use the .Etols removal guide below and remove the infection as the first step towards handling this whole issue.

.Etols Virus

.Etols File Encryption

Your options are limited

We can’t be the ones to tell you what’s best for you – if you want, you can still go for the money transfer and hope that this will bring you back your files. That being said, we must still warn you about the risks of opting for this course of action. The main problem with the ransom payment (aside from the fact that you’d have to spend a significant amount of money) is the fact that you cannot know if the hackers who are harassing you will really stay true to their word and send you a key that will decrypt the files in your system. This is also the main reason we have given you the guide on this page – trying some alternatives may save your hard-earned money and also remove the need of dealing with some anonymous Internet crooks. We have several restoration suggestions for your files back in the guide which you may want to try but be warned, we can’t promise that any of them will be hundred percent effective in your specific situation.

SUMMARY:

Name .Etols
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Usually, a Ransomware would cause an increase in the system resources (like RAM and CPU) that are being used while it is encrypting your files.
Distribution Method Misleading online ads and pop-up messages, spam e-mails and pirated downloadables.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

 

Remove .Etols File Virus 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 .Etols 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!


3 Comments

  • I have .etols ransomware virus
    Ip hosts virus:
    102. 54 .94. 97 rhino
    102. 54 .94. 102 appname
    102. 54 .94. 123 popular
    102 .54 .94. 117 localsrv

    Please him me
    Thanks

    • These IPs need to be removed from your Hosts file as they are not supposed to be in it. Delete them from the file and then save the changes, after which you should proceed with the other steps from the guide.

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