Remove Sodinokibi Ransomware (+File Recovery)


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

Ransomware programs are understandably seen as one of the worst malware categories that currently exist. They are stealthy, extremely difficult to detect and remove and have the ability to encrypt your most needed files for an indefinite period of time. Unfortunately, security experts as well as ordinary web users are still a couple of steps behind the criminal hackers who are developing and using this type of malware in the sense that we still do not have a solution that works in 100% of the cases of infection. However, this is not a reason to despair. There are methods and instructions that may help the victims remove such malware from their systems and to recover some of their files. In fact, in today’s article, we are reviewing a specific Ransomware file-encrypting virus called Sodinokibi and will provide our readers with instructions on how to deal with it. If your files have recently been encrypted by this nasty cryptovirus but you don’t want to pay a ransom to the criminals behind it, below, you will find a detailed removal guide that will not only help you remove the virus but will also provide you with free suggestions on how to restore the files that have been encoded. Before you give them a try, however, let us first explain to you how the infection operates so that you can gain a better understanding of it and have realistic expectations about the recovery.

When Sodinokibi enters the system, it typically begins to scan it for the presence of certain files. Documents, images, audio and video files and, in some cases, even system files are the usual target, as they are some of the most commonly used ones. They all get encrypted one by one and, as a result, the victim ends up with a bunch of data that is inaccessible and unreadable by any software. As soon as this entire process ends, a large message is usually displayed on the screen, notifying the victims about the conditions under which they can regain access to their files. Normally, the hackers who are in control of the Ransomware offer the user to purchase a special decryption key from them which is supposed to reverse the complex encryption and liberate the files. Most often, they ask for a payment in BitCoins as this cryptocurrency is almost untraceable and helps them remain anonymous. They also typically state that the sum must be transferred before a certain date, after which you will permanently lose access to your files. All this is done in order to scare the victims and prevent them from seeking a rational approach to the problem.

If you are here, however, you most probably are aware of the fact that the payment of the ransom does not guarantee that you will receive the key necessary for decrypting your data. Moreover, there is absolutely no guarantee that such a key exists and can effectively reverse what Sodinokibi has done to your files. That’s why you are probably interested in giving a try to some alternative solutions which don’t involve sending money to Internet criminals. If this is the case, the instructions in the removal guide below may help you remove the Ransomware from your system as well as provide you with suggestions on how to recover some of your data in alternative ways.

SUMMARY:

Name Sodinokibi
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 Sodinokibi 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 Sodinokibi 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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