Rote Virus

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 Rote for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Rote file can be recovered.


Rote is a form of Ransomware that will attempt to encrypt the files stored on a victim’s machine and demand a ransom for sending a decryption key. Rote can target large corporations, institutions, and regular web users.


The Rote virus will encrypt your files

Not all Ransomsware versions encrypt your data. Only the cryptoviruses, which Rote is a representative of, can do that. Certain versions of Ransomware can be programmed to lock your device’s display. These are the so-called screen-lockers and they too are designed to blackmail you. What we can tell you about them is that they will simply make the screen of your device inaccessible by displaying a huge ransom-demanding banner that will not go away unless a ransom is paid. However, the largest subcategory of Ransomware is the one that consists of file-encryption programs such as Rote. This is also the most aggressive and most troublesome Ransomware subcategory. Below, you will read about the different characteristics of these infections. You will also find some removal instructions attached to this article so you can try to remove Rote by yourself.

The Rote virus

The Rote virus is a Ransomware variant that encodes personal files and blackmails the victims for a ransom payment. The Rote virus can restrict access to your digital documents and place a ransom-demanding message on your screen.

After successfully entering your system, Rote will target specific file formats and attempt to encrypt them all. The encryption method typically goes like this: The Ransomware will create copies of the detected files and will remove the originals. The special thing about these copies is that they are protected with an advanced encryption code that makes them inaccessible. If you want to access them again, you will be asked to pay for a decryption key. The blackmailing is done through a big notification that appears on your screen and provides you with clear instructions on how to pay the demanded sum.

The Rote file encryption

The Rote file encryption is an advanced code that keeps digital data inaccessible until a ransom is paid. The role of the Rote file encryption is to prevent any program from opening or using the encrypted files.

What you should note is that it is extremely difficult to deal with a Ransomware such as Rote. Even security experts may find it hard to handle such a virus and to retrieve the information that has been encrypted by its complex algorithm. Our team, however, has come up with a removal guide that might help you locate and remove Rote from your computer. We have also included a section with file-recovery instructions that are definitely worth your attention if you are looking for alternatives to avoid the ransom payment. Of course, we can’t promise that they will work for certain but they will surely do no harm to your machine. Of course, it is best if you have file backups as this is the only guaranteed way to get back all your information. 

Once you remove Rote, it is very important to ensure that your computer never gets infected with Ransomware again. For that, first invest in reliable security software and then try to stay away from illegal web pages, any type of spam (especially spam emails with shady attachments), as well as from random adverts and fake system requests, as these could also sometimes lead to an infection.


Name Rote
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 Rote 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).



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. 

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 Rote 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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