Revenge Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

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

Nowadays, there is a very popular online blackmail scheme, which keeps your data hostage with the help of file encryption and asks you for ransom if you want to regain the access to your files. This is known as Ransomware and one of its latest versions, called Revenge, is the topic of this article. If your computer has been infected with this nasty threat, then here you are going to read about how to deal with it and what all the options you have are. For that, you may first need to learn what the specifics of the Ransomware are, how it spreads around the web, how you can delete it from your system and eventually minimize the data losses that it might have caused. That’s why, we first suggest you read the information that follows and at the end, you may also want to give the removal guide that we have prepared below a try. If you follow the steps, you may not only remove Revenge, but eventually, you might be able to get back some of your files too. And while we don’t want to give you too much hope, they may still be an alternative to the ransom payment. 

What is specific about Revenge?

Revenge is an advanced Ransomware variant, which has just recently been detected by security experts. For the short period that it has been around, however, it has managed to infect quite a lot of online users. What is the secret of its successful infection rate? Well, this cryptovirus is packed with sophisticated malicious abilities and some of them are its smart distribution methods and the strong encryption that it uses. Revenge poses a great danger to all of your files, and the worst thing is that you may not really be able to detect when and how you have been infected. The contamination might happen within a second just with one wrong click on a malicious transmitter and without proper antimalware or antivirus software, you won’t be able to stop the threat on time. It will silently encrypt all the most commonly used data, found on the computer, such as documents, images, videos, music, projects, work files, etc. and then when the harmful process is completed, it will place a ransom note on your screen. The hackers, who stand behind the Ransomware, would promise you a decryption key, which you can use to return your data to its previous state, but you will have to pay a fat amount as ransom for it. 

How can you get infected?

This threat could be found in torrents, pirate content, sketchy websites or different social media and file sharing platforms. The hackers usually use massive email campaigns to distribute it and mask the infection as an attractive attachment, an image, a link, an ad or some seemingly harmless file, behind which there usually is a Trojan horse. In fact, the Ransomware-Trojan combination is a very effective and commonly used way to compromise the users’ machines and introduce scripts like Revenge onto them. This means that in most of the cases you are fighting not only one, but two malicious threats on your PC and the sooner you remove them from there, the better.

What about the encrypted files?

Your computer is probably your storehouse, where you keep your most valuable data. Not having access to it and fearing of losing it permanently is something that no one wants to experience. And you are most probably ready to do anything to get it back. This is exactly what the criminals rely on when they state their ransom demands. They may threaten you with short deadlines and various other manipulative techniques, but you don’t need to submit to them. Remember that paying the ransom is a very impulsive decision, which may not get your data back no matter how promising the crooks may sound. After all, they are just criminals, who want to blackmail you and get your money. The chance of sending you a decryption key is so minimal that you can really consider your money lost in vain. If you don’t want to sponsor the hackers, you may at least remove the nasty infection from your PC.  Detecting and removing Revenge is doable with the help of the instructions in the removal guide below. Once you do that, you can attempt to restore some of your data with the additional steps included in the same guide. They may not work flawlessly for everyone, but they are still a better alternative to the costly ransom payment. Or, if you have some backups on an external drive, you can use them to recover your files.

SUMMARY:

Name Revenge
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms A very sophisticated threat, which has hardly any symptoms during the encryption process. A ransom note reveals the malware after that. 
Distribution Method Sketchy web locations, torrents, spam emails, malicious attachments, Trojan horse infections. 
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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Revenge Ransomware Removal


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!

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. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

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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. 

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:

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!
You can possibly recover parasite files by downloading Data Recovery Pro. At minimum, its free scanner can tell you if you can get them back.
Download Data Recovery Pro from here.

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 Revenge files

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

If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!