RSA-4096 Virus Ransomware Removal (Nov. 2018 Update)


This page aims to help you remove the RSA-4096 Virus and its encryption. These RSA-4096 Virus removal instructions work for all versions of Windows. The “all of your files were protected by a strong encryption with rsa-4096” message that accompanies the virus is what gives it its name.

Ransomware viruses are among the nastiest types of threats your computer is exposed to. This particular branch of viruses focus on encrypting the users data and making it unreadable. A payment is demanded for the code needed to recover this data. Ransomware viruses are not new – the first reported samples date back to the nineties, but they have become hugely popular with criminals due to the fact that many people prefer to pay the money instead of finding a safe and free solution.

all of your files were protected by a strong encryption with rsa-4096 Virus

All Of Your Files Were Protected By A Strong Encryption With RSA-4096

Readers have lately been recorded to receive the following when their PC boots, dubbed as the “all of your files were protected by a strong encryption with rsa-4096” message:

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

NOT YOUR LANGUAGE? USE https://translate.google.com 

What happened to your files ? 
All of your files were protected by a strong encryption with RSA-4096. 
More information about the encryption keys using RSA-4096 can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSA_(cryptosystem) 

How did this happen ? 
!!! Specially for your PC was generated personal RSA-4096 KEY, both public and private. 
!!! ALL YOUR FILES were encrypted with the public key, which has been transferred to your computer via the Internet. 
Decrypting of your files is only possible with the help of the private key and decrypt program, which is on our secret server. 

What do I do ? 
So, there are two ways you can choose: wait for a miracle and get your price doubled, or start obtaining BTC NOW, and restore your data easy way. 
If You have really valuable data, you better not waste your time, because there is no other way to get your files, except make a payment. 

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On how the RSA-4096 Virus operates

Ransomware viruses are unique in that the consequences from them are not removed once the virus is uninstalled. The most famous and successful viruses of this type were called Cryptowall and Cryptlocker and they managed to earn their creators in what is estimated to be over $10 million in bit coins. It is understandable why these viruses are growing more popular with hackers with every passing day. It is highly likely the “all of your files were protected by a strong encryption with rsa-4096” message is actually one of these two viruses in disguise.

Basically once inside your computer the virus will target all of your data storing files – program related components are not targeted. Affected files are encrypted – a process which uses a predefined key to make the files unreadable to anyone who does not have the key. The files themselves are not changed – the encrypted copy is is an entirely different file from the original, which is deleted.

Paying the ransom asked by the RSA-4096 Virus is a bad idea

The messages spawned by the RSA-4096 Virus may warn you that all of your data will be lost if you attempt to recover it in any other way then paying them the ransom they demand. This is a lie.

The methods described in this guide do not modify the encrypted copies in any way, but they are also not perfect. It may not be possible to recover all of your files, but it is definitely worth trying them before making any hasty decisions. If you have very important files that remain encrypted after our instructions you can always decide to pay the ransom. That is, however, a really bad idea. Remember that these people are criminals and any money they receive will be used to improve their virus and release new copies of it. The recovery system is also automated any should any problem occur you’ll get nothing for your money. These people are in under to obligation to keep up their end of the bargain – you are totally at their mercy.

SUMMARY:

Name RSA-4096 (this is the encryption model – the actual virus can be one of many things)
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware viruses are among the most dangerous threats you can face)
Symptoms All of your personal data is encrypted and a ransom demand is sent to your via a message on your desktop.
Distribution Method Usually loaded through the help of Trojan Horses, but can also be installed directly from email attachments. SCAN YOUR PC!
Detection Tool

RSA-4096 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

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove the RSA-4096 Virus successfully!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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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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Scan Results


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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:

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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:

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

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 RSA-4096 Virus 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!


85 Comments

  • Hello. I have difficulties with step 3 and 4. I don’t know which are the malware processes I have to end… I tried with Isass.exe and svchost.exe, but my computer restarted and then they appeared again. I don’t know if they are malware or just normal processes. Also, I searched for ‘rasomware’ in regedit but I didn’t find anything… I don’t know what to do and I really need to recover those files… Please help me..

    • Hello,
      on step 4 you need to type the ransomware’s name, not just ransomware. Let us know how this goes so we can help you.

        • Hello George,
          How do you mean? You don’t know the name of the ransomware that’s been plaguing you or something else? Please clarify and hopefully we would be able to help you.

          • Yeah, had no idea how to find the name of the ransomware. Found what I reckon was a name of it when I ran a malware scan, and could then use that file info to search the registry. Everything’s sorted now, but thank you anyways (and for this article)!

      • I wrote the virus’s name but it didn’t find anything… I found, using spyhunter 4, that i have Tesla/Cryptolocker Ransomware. What can i do?

        • Hello,

          Your options are to either purchase the program and let it remove the virus or do it manually yourself.

          Have your files already been encrypted?

  • Can you share what this file is called? I cannot address your situation until I know the name, because it may or may not be part of the virus.

      • No, you should NOT delete this file. You should enter the file as described in the guide and delete any IPs below localhost. I repeat, do NOT delete the file, it is a part of the operating system.

        • The file like this %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts is alone in the folder local dick> window>system32 between thousands of others. What are those files in folder 32? Why them are so much? how is possible to recognize what they are?
          I don`t know, how to isolate nasty file and send to some empty new folder. Could you please, explain, how I could select it? It does not want to move.

          • I repeat, you should NOT do anything with this files except edit it. The guide covers all you need to do. Simply follow the steps.

          • You hold the Start key (just next to alt) at the same time with R, then press Enter. Then you are inside the file. You look at the IPS and you delete them if they seem dangerous.
            In your case I would suggest downloading the scanner/remover from our ads. You seem to have a very hard time following the guide. Download the scanner and it will show you the infected files.

  • Look at the last step for information how to decrypt your files. Otherwise try completing the entire guide to remove the RSA-4096 virus. If that doesn’t help, download the malware scanner from one of our ads – it will help you locate any existing threats on your PC.

  • Hello Marii,

    Unfortunately the problem with ransomware is that even if you remove it your files remain encrypted. Formatting the PC may have actually made it worse. In any case download the Shadow Volume Copies program, install it, run it and click on the Shadow Explorer. Navigate to the directories containing the encrypted files and try to restore the original files.

    Also, please let me know if that worked.

  • Hello again,

    Well this is very unfortunate, but if you have transferred them to another device you can try exploring that device in the Shadow Volume Copies program and restoring them from there.

    Really hope this will work for you!

  • Hi! Sadly i got this virus via an email. I dont have any useful data just school stuff and some books. My only question is, can i format the harddrives? If i do it the virus will gone? Or i need to buy a new harddrive and never use the old again?

    • Hey,

      If you format your HDD the virus will be erased, but the same will happen to your files. If you don’t care about the files by all means format it.

  • Hi i got this virus yesterday. I don’t have any data that i need in the computer, so if i try reinstalling the computer will it help me ?

  • Hi Moiz,

    If your files are already encrypted you probably won’t find an active ransowmare process – it has already done its work.

    Try downloading the Recuva program (google it), it’s free to use. Run a deep scan on your PC and try to recover your files this way.

    Let me know how it goes, okay?

      • Hi dani,

        Searching in this way will never reveal any viruses. If you’be been infected with the RSA-4096 ransomware and already seen the ransom note then the virus has done its work. You need to worry how to recover your files.

  • Hi again,

    Tesla version one was cracked by software companies, the method and tutorial are real, but your files are not encrypted by that protocol.

    I have my doubts that Recuva would efficiently work on such a big server, but you can try to recover as much as possible.

    My advice is to find if its spreading by email or by the network itself. You may have ti limit PC sharing options. It also pays off to train your staff to recognize these or adopt some company policy to verify emails (like including the phone number of the sender or anything that an automated script can’t know for sure). If its spreading by files created from your own mailbox you likely have a PC infected with some kind of worm. Perform diagnostics and find it

  • Yeah, I suspected that might happen. Server machines tend to overwrite files all the time. You are really in a bad spot, how much are they asking for ransom?

  • Unfortunately the files you deleted have probably overwritten the original files on the drive. Its a bad idea to delete the encrypted files before you try using Recuva.

  • Hi again Moiz,

    All of these are different ransomware types, so you are either dealing with a Trojan Horse or with one very persistent attacker. Unfortunately I cannot give you good advise on server wide security, we are mostly helping private home users. I am out of my league on this one.

  • Hi there,

    You need to start the run command line by pressing WinButton+Run simultaneously, then write notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts inside.

    The virus may or may not have registry files that you can find in regedit. If you find nothing its OK.

    You shouldn’t delete that file or any other filein the temp folder.

    Did you try the Recuva guideline already? IF you haven’t do it.

  • Hi Rufus, this is indeed very serious. Did you already try recovering your files using Recuva as written in the guide?

  • Hi Hardik, if you didn’t have a restore point you cannot use the windows recovery. Try using Recuva before formatting your PC.

    Let me know if you need anything else.

  • i use spy hunter to remove the virus and i follow all the steps
    but i dont have a restore point and the worst when i use recuva
    i couldn’t recover any of my files
    my problem is recovery what to do

    • Hi there, you can also try the Shadow Explorer program. There isn’t really anything more you can do about it.

  • Hi Ahmed, unfortunately such software doesn’t exist. Everything that claims to work is either a scam or released by the hackers themselves.

    I’d recommend that after this ordeal you invest in some good anti-virus or anti-malware program to keep your PC safe.

  • Hi there,

    The files on C and D are gone forever, buy you can try to recover them using Recuva or the Shadow Explorer. Sorry 🙁

  • Hi Rukan, if you already installed new windows its probably too late. Try the Recuva program as written in the guide 0 if it doesn’t work you can also try the shadow explorer. You don’t other options if you don’t want to pay the ransom.

  • No, unfortunately there is no way to find the code. The encryption doesn’t work like that. If you can recover your files, just take them and leave the rest. There are scientist working to crack the encryption, but that may be months away, so, get rid of the virus, recover whatever files you can from the backups and start over fresh.
    And do NOT pay the ransom or buy a decryptor. If you see someone claiming to sell you one that has a guarantee to return your files, it’s a scam. Come find us here and ask us if this happens. But remember – real decryptors are ALWAYS free when they are released.

  • Hi Abdo,

    I don’t quite understand your question. Did you make a backup before or after the files were infected? Did you already try Recuva/Shadow explorer?

  • Hi Nicky, you need to enable safe mode and/or shut down the associated process from the task manager.

  • Unfortunately, if that doesn’t work, you are out of luck 🙁 There’s nothing you can do to recover the files if Recuva doesn’t work and you have no backups.
    I strongly urge you not to pay the ransom.

      • Hello,

        Unfortunately there is no other way because this encryption is very strong and hard to crack. In case you find a way please let us know, we will gladly share your solution.

    • Hello, is there any other way to recover my file or to get it back? please, tell me..Its very urgent for me.

  • Download the scanner from one of our ads and see if that can help you find other files that are part of the virus. They may be the ones blocking you.

  • Hello there. My laptop has been infected with this thing yesterday. I think the virus has already done its work and all the files of my C-drive are encrypted. I tried to open some documents and videos on my external drive and they worked fine, even though I saw the .txt and .png files the virus leaves behind. I also tried making some new documents and checking back later: one had been encrypted while a PDF I downloaded this morning was not. This leaves me with the following questions:
    – Can I save the files on my external hard drive? If so, how?
    – If I plug in said hard drive on another PC, will it infect it?
    – Relating to that: If I were to format my C-drive (and thus remove the virus?), is it safe for me to hook up my external drive?
    – I take it all new documents I make will become encrypted unless I remove the virus? Are there any other ways of doing this besides SpyHunter? MBAM didn’t seem to find it.
    I haven’t tried decrypting any files with Recuva because I’d want to save it for files on my external drive. I’d first like to know the situation on those files though, whether they are saved or savable or not. I’m sorry if I asked any stupid questions: I’m a layman in anything related to this.

    • Do NOT connect your PC to another one – the other one will likely be infected as well.
      Formatting should in theory get rid of the thing and the PC SHOULD be safe from then on, but there are newer variants of ransomware that install themselves in the boot sector, meaning even re-installing Windows may not help you – or maybe it will. There is absolutely no way of knowing which version you caught, they all circulate together in an effort to frustrate and confuse websites like us.
      Recuva can possibly help you – but again, there are no guarantees.
      SpyHunter is absolutely not necessary to remove the virus. I do recommend its free scanner though – it will help you locate the infected files. Use it in conjunction with our removal guide and destroy every trace of the virus before plugging an external drive to it.

  • My honest suggestion is, if you bought spyhunter, contact the number given to you by the program. The people who will answer will help you manually delete the virus.
    Other than that, you must have missed something – we’ve have many successful removal cases with this exact guide, so you definitely missed something. Use spyhunter’s scanner and comb carefully through everything. That’s the best I can help you with 🙁

  • Hello,

    As explained in our article: “RSA-4096 (this is the encryption method used – the actual virus can be one of many things)”. It is actually not hard to determine the virus that has been plaguing you. Look at your already encrypted files, what is the file extension at the end? You should probably have a “Ransom” note on your desktop as well. You should not connect your PC to anything until you’ve dealt with this virus. And yes, it is quite possible that some of your files have been left untouched by the virus.

  • thanks Rsa 4096 successfully removed from my Laptop kindly anyone tell me the software repair my files effected by RSA.4096 if anyone know tell me.

    • Hello,

      The only way we know of is the one explained in our guide. We are glad that you have managed to remove the virus.

  • Hi Laura, this address is connected to a voice recording software you’ve installed on your machine. It has nothing to do with the virus.

  • Oh man. i just encountered the malware. i did the steps as mentioned (although some things a little different) i ran through the spy hunter and deleted any suspicious link. hope that takes out the virus. Somehow, is there any news about new decryption software? mine is encrypted with .CRYPT

    • Hi Mars, unfortunately this encryption has not been broken yet. Did you try restoring your original files via shadow copies/Recuva?

    • I am not sure what exactly you base your suspicion on, but we are trying to help. There are dozens of websites like ours, you just have to search the internet. Unless you suspect all the other websites as well, I don’t know what gave you your idea, but to be honest, it’s not very nice to come and say this to the people trying to help you.

      • because i dont trust anyone 🙂 this goes not only to you but also to all the other websites talking about it. I was infected managed to delete the virus through regedit…however i can’t restore my files because as you (all) say there is no way of unscripted the files so far…Therefore, the only way of doing it is to pay right? But you also say that you shouldn’t do it, using reverse psychology…But let me tell you something dear howtoremove.guide team, what if I have serious files infected from this various?? what I am going to do you think? obvious I am going to pay…It was my mistake that got the various…I have to say to all these losers spreading the viruses…well done boys and girls…now we know why all these antivirus systems are important and still alive…cos of you…and i am sure the antivirus companies need you more that we do 😉

        • You are the first person to come to us and start throwing blame for a free guide we spent our time doing to try and help people. You have suspicions based on absolutely nothing, accuse us of “reverse psychology” – and I can tell you how this looks from my perspective.
          I’m just a guy here, trying to make a living . Do we sell software – sure. We sell software with the idea we actually help people by doing it, and the software we sell has a 30-day chargeback/refund policy, so if someone doesn’t like it, they can get their money back. You are here, basically throwing blame at us for your problem and you DO have a bad problem, but what can I say, I honestly am just trying to help people and make a living out of it. If you are under the impression I can decrypt your files and I’m holding back so I can sell you software, you are definitely wrong.
          Go somewhere else and try to find people who are more willing to help you for free than us. See where that gets you. But this is the last time I’m responding to you with this attitude of yours. And the comment section was designed so people can ask for manual help for their problems, not for bitter people like you who don’t know where to direct their anger.
          I wish you well.

  • Follow the steps. It’s pretty easy to notice. In step 3, once you open the tab, there is a label “manufacturer” next to the name of the process. You uncheck the ones that have “Unknown.”
    The purpose of opening the folder in step 4 is to determine which ones are part of the problem, and to delete these folders. Please, perform the steps, they are pretty much self-explanatory once you get going.

  • Hi thanks for the advice above. I have followed your instructions, is there a way to tell if the crypt virus has now been removed. im on a sbs server 2003. many thanks

    • Hi Bob, if you found and deleted the files it should be gone. Apart from that it’s always a good idea to run a virus scan, just to be certain.

  • It’s probably a smart idea to not rely too much on Windows Defender. Download the scanner from one of our ads and see if it picks up any infected files.

  • We know. Unfortunately so do the Ransomware creators. Recuva (that last of ours steps) does the same as Shadow Explorer, but has a higher chance to succeed.

  • Hi there, I am very sorry to hear this. Ruining people’s private pictures is really something terrible.

    You could also get it from an infected pen drive or torrent. Or possibly someone else using your PC.

    Unfortunately there is nothing more you can do except paying them, and that’s risky at best. I recommend regular backups in the future.

  • Hi, trying to follow your Guide. I khope it cures. Thx for now already.
    In step 4: how do I see if registry entries are recently added?

  • wouldn’t resetting the computer back to factory settings also remove the problem seeing as it’s a complete wipe of all files?

  • Hi Nate,
    yes you can. But i would suggest to you to complete the guide after to be completely sure for yourself.

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