.Repl Virus


.Repl is a ransomware virus that belongs to the file-encrypting subtype. This makes .Repl among the most dangerous types of malicious code in existence.

.Repl Virus

The Repl Virus ransom note

Every year ransomware variants cause businesses and even individuals millions of dollars in losses. And it’s all because of the mechanism by which this particular type of malware operates. Namely, it robs people of access to what can easily be considered one’s most valuable asset in today’s world: their information. By using complex encryption algorithms, variants such as .Repl, .Maas, .Zida ‘lock’ the files stored on the computers of their victims and make them inaccessible to anyone and anything. This means that no form of software will be able to open or read the files encrypted by .Repl. The only way you can decode those files and once again convert them into readable bits of data is by applying a special decryption key. And only the hackers behind this ransomware virus are in possession of that key, of which they have no doubt already informed you in the ransom note they left behind. This is the key that the criminals demand they be paid for. Well, luckily, that’s just what they would have you believe. In reality, there are also alternative solutions to this problem. And we strongly encourage victims of .Repl to try and use all those alternatives first, before agreeing to pay the criminals. On the one hand, this will save you a pretty decent amount of money. But on the other, this will also prevent the hackers from getting what they want, and it’s a small step forward in the overall fight against this threat.

The .Repl virus

The .Repl virus usually works in complete stealth and is able to avoid most antivirus tools. Thus, the .Repl virus could have easily been at work for hours on end without you even realizing it.

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The Repl Virus encrypted files

This is perhaps one of the main advantages of ransomware in general. And the trick is as simple as it is ingenious. Encryption in and of itself is not a harmful process. If anything, it was originally developed as a means to protect information from unwanted eyes, but as can be clearly seen in this example, it can also be used for bad. And that, in turn, is why most antivirus software won’t detect the ongoing encryption process as a malicious one.

The .Repl file decryption

The .Repl file decryption is made possible thanks to a decryption key that is unique to each and every instance of infection. The .Repl file decryption can occur after you’ve paid the ransom the hackers demand and receive the respective key. However, below we have listed a number of other possible options to recover your files. But before you attempt any of them, it is vital that you first remove .Repl from your system, and you can see how to do that in the first part of the removal guide that follows. Then you can proceed with the second part of the guide that focuses on file recovery.


Name .Repl
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 Not Available
Detection Tool

Remove .Repl 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.  .Repl Virus 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. 

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 .Repl 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!


About the author


Violet George

Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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