[email protected] is an infection of the Ransomware type which requires a ransom payment to release user data from encryption. Usually, [email protected] reveals itself on the computer of the victims with a message that demands a fixed amount of money in exchange for a decryption key.
The article you are about to read, however, is all about how to avoid the ransom payment and deal with the Ransomware on your computer without having to contact the hackers. For that purpose, below we have prepared a removal guide with steps on how to correctly detect and remove [email protected] from your system, as well as a special section with instructions on how to potentially restore your files. Of course, we need to say that we can’t guarantee our instructions will work in every case the Ransomware infections are a very complex form of malware, and the result of their attacks may not always be reversible. Nevertheless, we do encourage the victims of [email protected] to give a try to alternatives like the ones below before even considering the ransom payment as an option.
The [email protected] virus
The [email protected] virus is a money-extortion threat that demands a cryptocurrency payment to provide its victims with a decryption key for the files that it has encrypted. The [email protected] virus informs the users about the methods of ransom payment through a message and prompts them to quickly transfer the money.
Common sources of the Ransomware infection could be the so-called malvertisements and fake pop-up messages or system requests. These are potential transmitters that can be loaded with a virus of this type and can appear on your monitor along with other ransom pop-up warnings, banners, and commercials. Other typical sources may include spam emails and their malicious attachments, as well as torrents or infected links that once clicked upon can secretly inject the malware in your system. One careless click, and the ransomware will automatically get downloaded to your computer and will start its file-encryption process. Your security software will most likely fail to recognize this process as something malicious, as encryption is actually used to protect data, not harm it. This is one of the main reasons why threats like [email protected] have succeeded in infecting and blackmailing so many users around the globe.
The [email protected] file
The [email protected] file decryption is a process that can reverse the encrypted files back to normal. The [email protected] file decryption is only available to those who receive a working decryption key, but the hackers who keep the key don’t give any assurances that the [email protected] file decryption key will go smoothly.
In many instances, the recovery of the encrypted files is not even possible without the key. This may lead you to think that your only choice might be the ransom payment. However, there are some options that may help you recover your files without paying a penny to anyone. Besides, it is far more important that you figure out how to remove [email protected] from your device than to pay a ransom to some anonymous hackers. For this reason, we have prepared a set of ransomware removal instructions which you will find below. If you are not that tech-savvy, you can use the linked professional tool and get rid of the malware automatically, in just a few clicks. After that, we suggest that you try to recover your files from system backups using the remaining instructions. If that fails, you can try using a decryptor tool – a regularly updated list of free file decryptors can be found on our website. Leave the ransom payment as your last resort, because even if you pay, nobody gives a guarantee that you will get your files back.
|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||[banner_table_recovery]|
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Remove [email protected] Ransomware
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).
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.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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:
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.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once 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:
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!
How to Decrypt [email protected] 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!