Royal Ransomware

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Ransomware infections such as Royal are easily among the sneakiest types of malware you may come to face in your computer. These threats typically apply complex file encryption (.royal) to the files that are stored on the infected computer and prevent the victims from accessing them until a ransom is paid.

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The Royal ransomware will leave a README.TXT file with instructions

Fighting such an infection is typically very tricky, and the consequences of its attack can be quite severe. However, this should not discourage you because, we might be able to offer you some help with dealing with this threat, and offer you potential solutions which do not involve paying a ransom to anyone. Below, you will find a manual removal guide, which contains instructions on how to remove the hidden Ransomware from your system, as well as a professional removal tool for automatic assistance. Detecting the Ransomware is really important if you are to prevent further encryption of new data. Nevertheless, we need to warn you that removing the virus alone may still not reverse the encryption of the files that have already gotten locked. For such cases, we have prepared separate instructions in a special section of the guide, with the intention to help the victims of Royal potentially get back some of their most valuable files, wherever this is possible.

The Royal virus

Ransomware infections such as the Royal virus can operate right under the noses of their victims, remaining undetected by even some of the most advanced antivirus tools. This makes them far more stealthy than other computer threats and is one of the main reasons for their success. The activity of a cryptovirus like Royal, Ofoq or Oflg may not get detected by the security software because, ironically, the antivirus program may not consider the file-encryption process as something harmful.

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The Royal virus will encrypt your files

And, in fact, it essentially is not. The file encryption is a method of data protection, which finds its implementation in many public and private sectors where personal data should be kept secure, and protected against anyone who isn’t authorized to access it. People use it in online banking, when purchasing stuff online, even some popular instant messaging apps use it to secure chat messages. The only way to access the information is through a special decryption key. The problem with Ransomware is that the hackers encrypt the users’ information secretly, and then ask for a ransom to be paid in order to send the users the corresponding decryption key. In addition to that, the encryption itself is quite sophisticated, and cracking the program code used by cyber criminals most times proves to be impossible without the key.

The Royal file-encryption

The options for dealing with the consequences of Royal on your machine aren’t that many, and surely aren’t foolproof. But they can at least help you save the money you would otherwise risk by paying the ransom.

The first thing to do is to remove the Ransomware from the system with the help of the first part of our guide. Then, one thing you can try to recover your data from external backups. This is the ideal solution if you have copies of your flies somewhere on an external drive or a cloud. Another option is to use the file-recovery instructions from the second part of the guide and see what you can extract with their help. Alternatively, you may also take a look at our list of free decryptor tools, which security professionals have created to combat the complex file encryption of some Ransomware versions. One thing is sure, paying the ransom should be your last resort, not only because you may spend your money in vain, but also because this encourages the hackers to create more Ransomware.


Danger LevelHigh (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Data Recovery ToolNot Available
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Remove Royal 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).



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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. 


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.


    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 Royal 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!


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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