Remove [email protected] Ransomware (+File Recovery) June 2019 Update


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

One of the best possible ways one can protect their important data files is by encrypting them. The encryption process is a useful “tool” that can help users secure their data and make it inaccessible to other people. However, what if this otherwise helpful procedure gets turned against the user and the latter gets locked out of their files?

Enter Ransomware

You’ve probably heard about it already, after all, the Ransomware infections, in particular the cryptovirus subcategory, has been around for quite some time now and has steadily been becoming one of the nastiest and most problematic software threats that one can get on their computer. But what is actually a Ransomware cryptovirus? What does it do and how does it work? Well, as we already mentioned, when it comes to Ransomware cryptoviruses, the main thing that makes them so scary is their file encryption. Through that process, the hackers that create and use Ransomware are able to seal all (or most of) the personal files stored in the HDD of the targeted PC. Once locked by the malicious encryption, the files can only be accessed again through the use of a unique key that is held by the cyber criminals and which is offered to the unfortunate malware victims in exchange for a ransom payment. The way the users normally learn about the demanded ransom sum and about the way it is supposed to be paid is via a message generated by the cryptovirus itself. The note may get placed on the Desktop, inside the folders where there are encrypted data or it may pop-up on the screen every time the user tries to open a locked file. [email protected] is one new cryptovirus that works in this exact way. If [email protected] has managed to infect your computer and you aren’t exactly dazzled by the idea of paying the ransom that the hackers demand of you, you may be interested in taking a look at the following removal guide.

Remove [email protected] Ransomware Virus


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 [email protected] files

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

What your options are

There are several important things you need to know in case of an attack from a Ransomware such as [email protected] Firstly, no matter what you choose to do next, there could normally be no guarantee as to what’s going to happen with your files – you may or may not get them back. Next, understand that though paying the ransom may sometimes yield the desired result (I.e. get you back the files), it may easily also turn out to be an absolute waste of money. This leads us to our third point – if you think that you don’t want to risk losing money without really getting any of your files recovered, you can try some possible alternatives. We have some such alternatives suggested on our site but if you go for this course of action, you should first make sure to remove [email protected] which brings us back to the removal guide that we’ve already showed you above. Use it and then try some of the suggested recovery solutions – we cannot promise you that they will certainly work but trying them will, at the very least, not require of you to send your money to the cyber criminals who have been harassing you.

SUMMARY:

Name [email protected]
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms The encryption rarely triggers any visible symptoms, but you should still look out for unusually increased RAM and CPU usage.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
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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