Remove [email protected] Ransomware (+File Recovery)

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This page aims to help you remove [email protected] Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any [email protected] file can be recovered.

There are a lot of types of malware for PC out there and the different types of harmful programs have different uses and abilities. Still, most forms of malicious computer software tend to either target the machine’s system and thus cause harm to it or mess with the computer in some other way. However, the malware category that we are going to be focusing in the next lines works differently than most other types of harmful software.

Ransomware is one rather unique type of PC viruses that, instead of trying to damage anything or steal some important user information, simply lock the PC or encrypt the files of the targeted victim and leave them that way until a ransom sum is paid to the hackers who have initiated the attack. The computer or the files do not actually get damaged by most Ransomware threats which is one of the main characteristics of this category of malware. However, though no real harm is getting inflicted during a Ransomware infection, this category of PC viruses are still some of the worst types of malware you could encounter.

There are two main types of Ransomware virus program that can get inside your computer. The first and less problematic sub-category are the screen-locking Ransomware programs. The way they operate is rather simple – all they do is they place a big banner that gets superimposed on the user’s screen. The banner hides all icons, menus, windows and all other elements of the GUI (Graphical User Interface) thus making them inaccessible and making the PC unusable. However, as scary as this might sound, if the user manages to remove the virus, the banner would go away and there will be no need to pay anything to the hackers. Generally, the screen-lockers are the less advanced form of Ransomware and dealing with them is oftentimes quite manageable as long as the user knows what they are doing. Sadly, things are different with the other main sub-type of Ransomware – the cryptoviruses. Below, we will show you how you might be able to deal with one new such virus named [email protected] but we can’t guarantee success precisely because this category of Ransomware is usually highly advanced and oftentimes there aren’t many truly effective methods for dealing with such infections.

More on [email protected] and Ransomware cryptoviruses in general

Those nasty threats use encryption to seal most of the personal files of the user and keep them that way until the requested sum is paid. This means that if you have personal, professional, academic or any other type of important data files on your computer, a Ransomware infection would lock them up and prevent you from accessing them in any way. After the encryption has been placed on your files, reverting it will require a special key that only the hackers have – it is this key that they use to blackmail you claiming that they’d send it to you if you pay them the demanded sum. Sadly, although it’s possible to remove the cryptovirus, removing it won’t unlock the files. Still, it is an important first step towards trying to deal with a virus such as [email protected] if you have decided that you won’t pay the ransom. As far as the ransom payment option is concerned, it is typically not the best of ideas to go for that as you can never know if you’d actually get the key from the hackers – there’s a chance you might simply lose your money without recovering your files. This is precisely why we advise you to use the guide above and remove the [email protected] and then try to recover some of your data using the suggested methods that we have on our site.

Protection against cryptovirus threats

It’s important to know how to keep your PC safe and secure in the future so that your files never again get encrypted by threats like [email protected] For instance, you really need to be cautious with the site you go to, the online content you interact with and the stuff that you download (and the sources you use for that). Needless to say, you ought to keep away from any shady web addresses, sketchy looking ads, obscure messages that might be spam, pirated downloads and so on. Something that many users forget is to back up their important data – this is actually a great way of dealing with any Ransomware cryptovirus infection because even if such a virus gets to your PC and locks the files on it, you’d still have your backup copies that are still accessible and you’d only need to remove the virus from your PC so as to make the computer safe again.


Name [email protected]
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms A Ransomware virus would usually show no symptoms. The only potential indication of an infection with such a virus would usually be an nusually high use of system resources (RAM, HDD space, CPU).
Distribution Method Misleading online ads, shady spam e-mails, sketchy sites, infected priated content, Trojan backdoors, etc.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool


Remove [email protected] 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
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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 [email protected] 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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