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.

When it comes to Ransomware cryptovirus infections like [email protected], one needs to know that those threats are typically highly advanced and dealing with them could both be quite challenging and not always fully successful. The way a virus of this category operates is it makes use of a process called encryption and through its help, it locks up all files on the infected machine which belong to certain file formats. Usually, the most commonly targeted files formats are ones for text documents, spreadsheets, audio and video file formats, images and some more specialized file types. In rare cases, some more advanced Ransomware infections may even target system data making the attack even more devastating.

Now, when talking about the encryption itself, although it is used by the cryptovirus to lock the files, it’s not actually a malicious process per se. Encryption is often used to help users protect their most important data in one of the most secure ways possible. When encryption is placed on a file, the file becomes inaccessible to everyone but the person who has access to a unique decryption code which can only make the encrypted file accessible again. However, hackers who create and use Ransomware cryptoviruses use this against their victims, turning an otherwise highly useful and helpful method of keeping important files secure into a devastating tool for blackmailing and ransom extortion.

After a Ransomware cryptovirus has locked up the files of its victim, it demands a certain amount of money from the targeted user and typically provides detailed instructions where the exact payment method is explained to the victim. [email protected] is one recent example of a malware program that does exactly that and if you have been attacked by it but would rather not pay the ransom, you can try the following instructions, where we have tried to give our readers a possible alternative method of solving this issue.

Remove [email protected] 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. 

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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. 

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:

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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.

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 [email protected] files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

Removing the malware and restoring the files

One really important thing to understand about Ransomware cryptoviruses like [email protected] is that their elimination and the restoration of the files locked by them are two separate things. The guide we offer on this page and the professional anti-malware tool that we have added to it will likely be enough to enable you to eliminate the malware. However, to restore your data, you will need to take additional actions and here is where the main problem with Ransomware infections like this one is. Even if you manage to remove [email protected], this doesn’t mean that you will get all of your files back regardless of what course of action towards restoring them you choose to take. Neither paying the ransom nor following the instructions from the separate data recovery section in our guide could always guarantee that your data will get restored. However, trying all available alternatives is still preferable since you will, at the very least, not risk your money while trying to get your data back. Nevertheless, regardless of what you decide to do next, remember to always backup your files in the future so that they stay safe and protected from potential Ransomware infections like [email protected] and also to avoid anything online that could potentially expose your system and data to malware and other hazards.

SUMMARY:

Name [email protected]
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Ransomware is known for its sneaky behavior and overall lack of visible symptoms.
Distribution Method It can be distributed via download requests from low-reputation sites, through pirated programs, games and other software as well as via different kinds of spam and malicious social engineering.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

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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