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.

[email protected] is an extremely stealthy and nasty computer virus from the Ransomware type. It has been reported recently and it has already managed to infect quite an impressive number of computers. The cunning nature of this malware infection is based on a simple blackmailing method, which uses a special file encryption. [email protected] can secretly scan the infected computer for certain file types and encrypt all of the files on the hard-drive that belong to those data formats with a very complex and almost unbreakable encryption algorithm. In most of the cases, the Ransomware may add a different extension to the encrypted files in order to ensure that no software can recognize and open them. Once all the files are locked down, the malware will ask the victims to pay a ransom for their decryption. The hackers who have created this threat normally promise to send a decryption key which can bring the data back to normal, only to those who pay the required ransom. They normally set a deadline for the ransom payment, after which the required amount of money may double or the encryption code may get permanently deleted.

As an advanced form of Ransomware, [email protected] can attack all versions of Windows and, sadly, currently there is no universal protection against it. According to security researchers, the nasty infection spreads mostly with the help of Trojan horse transmitters, infected email attachments, fake ads, malicious links, torrent files, infected installers and illegal websites.

While present on the system, no file in the machine can be safe against the encryption. That’s why it is very important to remove the malware as soon as possible in order to make your machine safe for further use. It is very, very important that you do not connect any backup devices to your PC if [email protected] is still there as the files in them are likely to also get encrypted in such a case.

Remove [email protected] Ransomware

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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!

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How to Decrypt [email protected] files

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

Keep in mind though, that even if the Ransomware is fully removed, the data that it has already managed to encrypt may not get liberated immediately and there is no guarantee about its future. You may need to take additional steps to recover it and that’s why, in the removal guide below, we have listed not only the steps to detect and remove [email protected], but also some suggestions regarding different file-recovery methods. It is a good idea to take a look at them before you consider the ransom payment as an option. The reason is, on the one hand, the steps below won’t cost you anything and, on the other hand, the likelihood of getting cheated by the hackers is oftentimes very high.

[email protected] is only aimed at taking your money!

The criminals behind [email protected] may try various persuasive methods in order to make you pay the ransom. They may tell you that this is the only way to save your data. They may threaten you or come up with another sneaky scheme just to make you send them your money. However, keep in mind that no matter how promising they may sound you cannot trust them that they will help you to recover your data. After all, they were the ones that encrypted it for blackmailing purposes. That’s why you should definitely research some alternative methods on how to remove the infection and save whatever files can be saved through the potential alternative solutions.

On this page, we can offer you a manual and automatic removal of the Ransomware, both of which are described in the removal guide above. If you have backup copies of your files somewhere on an external drive or a cloud, then you can use them as a recovery solution. Another option, if you don’t want to risk your money by sending them to some anonymous crooks is to search online for specialized Ransomware recovery software or contact a specialist for professional assistance.   


Name [email protected]
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.
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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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Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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