Remove .Forasom Virus Ransomware (+File Recovery)

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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

These are the infected files by a new strain of the STOP Ransomware, modifying the extension with .Forasom


Once encryption is over, .Forasom drops a text file (“_readme.txt”) in every existing folder.

A number of web users have recently contacted our “How to remove” team regarding an infection called .Forasom. This threat is a Ransomware cryptovirus the main goal of which is to scan your system for specific types data. Normally, these include work or personal documents, all sorts of pictures or videos, audios, archives and other files that may be considered as valuable. The next thing the virus does after locating the files in the HDD is it encrypts them one by one by applying a very complex algorithm of symbols which cannot be decrypted without a special decryption key. This way, .Forasom makes the files inaccessible and starts to blackmail the victim to pay a ransom in order to obtain the required decryption key for decoding the sealed data. The hackers who hold the key typically provide instructions of payment in the form of a ransom notification which gets displayed on the screen of the infected computer immediately after the secret encryption process completes. The amount of the ransom that they require may vary from several hundred to several thousand dollars and very much depends on whether the victim is a regular user or a representative of a large organization or institution. Most often, the crooks behind the Ransomware require a payment in bitcoins or in anther cyber-currency as those are quite difficult for the authorities to trace. The victims are given a short deadline to fulfill the demands of the criminals and are usually threatened that, if the demands are no fulfilled in time, the files locked by the Ransomware would stay this way forever.

The people who have been attacked, however, should know that the file-encryption applied by threats like .Forasom, .Berost.Sarut.Dutan can often turn out to be irreversible and, in such cases, even the decryption key from the hackers may not be able to bring the data back to normal. In the world of programming and data encryption, the slightest mistake in the code can significantly affect the end result. Unfortunately, if the victims transfer the ransom that the criminals demand and the key that they receive doesn’t work, there would be no refunds and the money would still be gone regardless of whether the users get their files back or not. Not to mention that the hackers don’t really care if you can ever use your precious files again or not as long as they receive the payment, so it’s even possible that they do not send you a decryption key whatsoever.

If you are reading this because your PC has been attacked by .Forasom, then you may be more than interested in learning about the possible alternatives of dealing with this nasty threat and the methods that you can use to have it removed. That’s why we suggest you do not to rush with any ransom payments to the criminals and take a close look at the information that follows. In the paragraphs below, we have prepared a detailed removal guide with instructions, a professional scanner for fast detection and elimination of the Ransomware and a file-recovery section with suggestions on how to get back some of your encrypted files without paying a ransom. Please, keep in mind though, that as much as we want to help you, the Ransomware-based programs are some of the hardest types of malware to fight and no guarantee can be given about the full recovery from their attacks.


Name .Forasom
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 .Forasom File Virus ransomware


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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


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.


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:


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.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
a professional malware 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!


How to Decrypt .Forasom 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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