Reveton Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery) August 2018 Update


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

Handling a Ransomware PC virus infection could be a serious challenge to even the most experienced of users which is why it is important that all of our readers are well acquainted with the specifics of such malware threats. Currently, Ransomware cryptoviruses hold one of the top places when it comes to how dangerous and problematic they are compared to other malware forms. The cryptoviruses are one of the two main Ransomware subgroups, the other one being the screen-locking Ransomware. Instead of blocking the access to your screen like the screen-lockers do, the cryptoviruses go after your personal data files and implement a sophisticated encryption code in order to render them inaccessible to the user. Naturally, once the process of locking your data is completed, you’d be harassed into issuing a ransom payment. If you make the payment, the hackers would supposedly provide you with a special key – this key is supposed to be able to unlock your files making them accessible again. This is the way most cryptoviruses are used by their creators and Reveton Ransomware, one of the latest Ransomware cryptovirus representatives, is no exception. Since this is one of the newest versions of Ransomware, we have decided to make it our main focus in this article. A lot of unfortunate users have already gotten to meet this cyber threat and have had their data files rendered inaccessible by it. Therefore, here we will try to help anyone of you who might have had their system infiltrated by Reveton Ransomware deal with the threat and potentially restore the sealed files without having to resort to the ransom payment option. If you currently have the insidious virus on your computer, we advise you to stay with use to the end of this post and make use of the info we are about to provide you with.

Reveton Ransomware Virus 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!

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. 

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

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Reveton 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!

Options in the case of a Ransomware attack

Sadly, if a virus like Reveton has already managed to lock up your most important files, your possible courses of action towards handling this problem are really limited. Now, the first thing that might come to mind in such a situation might be go for the payment and be over with it. However, although this might sound like a reasonable option, especially if the requested sum isn’t too high and also if the locked files are really valuable, you need to understand something – the hackers behind the Ransomware that has attacked you are in no way concerned about whether or not you’d ever get your files recovered. Of course, in many cases they would keep their promise of sending you the decryption details but can you really count on that? Bear in mind that there are no guarantees whatsoever that if you pay you’d receive the needed decryption key and if you don’t get it, you’d have simply wasted your money for no reason whatsoever. That is why we have another suggestion for you – down below, there is a detailed removal guide for Reveton. Within the said guide, there are a couple of recommended data recovery methods that you can try to get your files back without executing the ransom payment. Unfortunately, we cannot promise you that the restoration techniques would always work but at least you’d be able to get rid of the virus and prevent it from encryption any more data on your PC. Remember, it is almost always in your best interest to try all possible alternatives before you even consider paying. Only go for the ransom option if nothing else seems to have worked and only if you so desperately need the locked files that you’d be willing to take such a risk.

What you need to remember in order to protect your PC against Ransomware in future

Viruses like Reveton usually get distributed throughout the internet via methods like spam letters with infected attachments, illegal software or software that is pirated, malvertising and other forms of malicious social engineering. One other really common method of getting more computers infected with infections such as Reveton is when a Trojan virus is used to backdoor the Ransomware inside the targeted computer in which case the user would have little to no way of detecting the infection. Actually, in most instances of a Ransomware cryptovirus infection there are little to no visible symptoms which makes it really tricky to spot such threats in time. That is why it is simple better to keep your computer system safe by being careful what you interact with on the Internet and making sure to avoid any online content that doesn’t seem like it is reliable and safe. Also, if you really want to ensure that no Ransomware could get to your most important files, get them backed up and that way you will always have safe copies of them whenever you need them.

SUMMARY:

Name Reveton
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Aside from potential increase in the use of RAM and CPU there are normally no other symptoms.
Distribution Method Shady online messages/spam, pirated programs that are illegally distributed, malvertising, backdoor viruses, etc.
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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