Ransomware

Repp Virus


Repp

Repp is a ransomware-based infection intended to encode user data and blackmail the owners to pay ransom to decode it. Repp typically uses complex cryptography to render a specific list of digital files inaccessible and displays a ransom-demanding message on the victim’s screen.

UPDATE:

The Repp virus appends the .repp extension to the filenames of the files it encrypts. Once the Repp Ransomware completes the encryption, it creates a notepad file named _readme.txt and places it inside every folder that contains encrypted data.

Repp

Once the Repp Virus has infected you it will start encrypting your files.

Ransomware viruses such as Repp, Btos and Npsg are probably some of the toughest pieces of malware to deal with. Their file encryption code is usually almost impossible to crack without a decryption key, and the criminals who hold that key are typically very ruthless when they ask for a ransom payment. However, there is still some hope to recover your encrypted files and remove Repp without paying any money to anyone. And this is what we are going to cover in the following removal guide. Below, you will find a set of ransomware-removal instructions, some file-recovery suggestions and a professional removal tool that you can use to deal with this infection.

The Repp Virus

The Repp virus is money-extorting software from the ransomware category that can ask its victims for ransom in order to restore access to their personal files. The Repp virus typically encrypts files that are considered of great value and keeps them hostage until the ransom demands are satisfied.

Viruses such as Repp can work right under the nose of most anti-virus programs and this gives them an enormous advantage and the ability to surprise their victims when they least expect it. Therefore, there is very little possibility that you will intercept a ransomware virus before it completes its mission. Ironically, the majority of anti-virus programs do not view the file encryption process as malicious and that is because it essentially is nothing more than a data protection method. The encryption does not corrupt or destroy the target files but simply makes them unavailable without the application of a decryption key. However, in cases where a threat like Repp is behind the attack, the files are secured and the decryption key is stored away from the actual owners of the information on some remote servers where only the hackers can access it. In order for the victims to receive it, the crooks demand money as ransom.

The Repp file decryption

The Repp file decryption is a complex process that, in theory, should make the encrypted files available again. In reality, however, the Repp file decryption is a risky process that may not always have a successful outcome. If you go down that road and decide to pay the ransom that the hackers want, you’d basically have to be ready to lose your money no matter the outcome. This is because the criminals who robbed you of access to your files may never send you the decryption key they have promised and decide to simply vanish with the money. Or they may send a decryption key that does work and ask you for more money for a new key. That’s why paying the ransom is the least advisable option.

The other possibilities to deal with Repp and its file encryption are also not many and cannot guarantee full recovery of anything, but we do encourage you to give them a try as they at least will save you the money you’d waste on the ransom payment. Of course, before you try any file-recovery method, make sure you first remove the ransomware from your system with the help of the steps below. Then you can go to the instructions in the file-recovery section to try to get your data back from device backups or use your personal backups to minimize the data loss.

SUMMARY:

Name Repp
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 Repp 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. 

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:

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

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 Repp 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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