Retis Ransomware Removal (+ .Crypted File Recovery)

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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This page aims to help you remove Retis Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .crypted file can be recovered.

If your computer has been attacked by a ransomware virus, this may be one of the most terrifying cyber experiences for you yet. It’s one thing that you may permanently lose access to invaluable data, but besides that your property has also been invaded and your personal files – violated. That alone can be pretty traumatic and therefore highly unpleasant, so besides discussing the way ransomware works, this article will also aim to provide users with the knowledge necessary to prevent such attacks. Today we will be looking at a particular ransomware virus called Retis, belonging to the file-encrypting subtype. Just like other variants of this malware category, Retis ransomware denies its victims access to a fairly large portion of the files on the infected computer. And after that it tries to get them to pay the hackers behind the virus money in order to have that access restored. It’s not uncommon for the hackers to also use additional scare tactics, such as stating a short deadline before which the ransom is to be paid or threatening to delete the encrypted files, should the victims fail to pay. Luckily, you don’t have to rely solely on the cybercriminals to save your files. Below is a detailed removal guide, with the help of which you can remove Retis from your system and hopefully also recover your data from the encryption.

Why ransomware has become such a dreadful threat

You may not know this, but ransomware viruses are literally spreading like wildfire. Their numbers have increased dramatically over the past year and the rate at which those numbers increase is growing still. There are several factors that have contributed to this phenomenon, one of which being the way ransomware viruses operate. As the saying goes, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication and that’s also very true in how Retis and other variants like it actually do what they do. As soon as they infect your computer, they immediately get to work scanning your system and compiling a list of targeted file types. These can be documents, images, databases, presentations, executables – what have you. Pretty much all the most popular file types can all fall victims to ransomware. Once the list is complete, the virus can then begin to create encrypted copies of the files in question. And in doing so, it prevents anyone from accessing them.

Retis Ransomware Removal



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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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:

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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.


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:


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.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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!


How to Decrypt Retis files

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

The trick with this approach is that it doesn’t trigger most antivirus programs. And that’s because encryption is not a malicious process in itself. Much on the contrary, it’s something used to protect data and not harm it. So for this reason if you’re wondering why your powerful antivirus did nothing to warn you, there’s your answer. This is a genius tactic that allows the virus to complete its dirty work without being interrupted. Another factor is the invention of cryptocurrencies. Even if you’re far away from this niche, you have no doubt heard of Bitcoin and that is likely also the exact currency the hackers behind Retis want you to pay them in. While not in itself something horrible and awful, Bitcoin offers anonymity, which in turn allows the cybercriminals and extortionists to protect their identities and escape persecution.

With this in mind, it’s clearly not the best idea to send the blackmailers your money. Not only is it giving them exactly what they want and motivating them to continue harassing people, but it’s also possibly throwing your cash away with no results. Yours wouldn’t be the first case is the hackers decided not to send you decryption key in return for the ransom payment, as they initially promised. And who’s to stop them from just disappearing as soon as you have made the transfer? Precisely. Therefore, we have designed a special removal guide to help you deal with this virus on your own. With its help you may also even be able to recover your files from system backups, although this may not always be possible.

As far as preventing future attacks goes, we would recommend learning to recognize and avoid potential ransomware sources. Retis ransomware could have ended up in your system if you opened an infected spam email, or interacted with a malicious online ad, for example. In addition to this, just to be fully safe, we highly recommend regularly backing up your most important files and keeping copies of them on a separate drive.


Name Retis
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

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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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