This page aims to help you remove .Scl Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Scl file can be recovered.
Ransomware viruses are attacking and infecting thousands of computers every day. This is one of the most actively spread and harmful malware available on the web and one of its lately released representatives is the subject of our removal guide today. If your files have been encrypted with .Scl ransomware, you may find it helpful to know that there is an effective way to remove the infection from your system. This is exactly what we are going to show you in the instructions below. So make sure you read them carefully in order to effectively get rid of the infection without paying a cent to the crooks.
What makes .Scl such a nasty threat?
With no doubt, there are no computer viruses that are nice. All such threats are created to cause some sort of damage to your system or rob you in various ways. .Scl File Ransomware is not an exception and taking your money is exactly what it has been created for. This threat contains a very harmful script that encrypts all the files found on the computer and prevents them from being opened or used by any program. Once encrypted, the files are kept hostage for ransom that the hackers ask the infected users to pay. The crooks usually promise to send a decryption key, which will recover the encrypted data once the ransom is paid. However, the practice shows that it doesn’t always work this way. Overall, this is a criminal blackmail scheme that only aims to extort money from unsuspecting users by preventing them from accessing their own data. What is even nastier is that such threats are lurking on various web locations, such as spam emails, attachments, files, links, ads or installers and very often come in a combo with a Trojan horse infection.
How does the encryption process work?
.Scl is an extension of the Cryptfile2 Ransomware. Once .Scl finds its way in the computer, its encryption process happens in three major phases. First, the malware scans all drives and storage for targeted file types. What it usually looks for are commonly used files like documents, pictures, music, films, videos, games and other dear to the user data. When detected, these files get encrypted one by one with a very complex and almost unbreakable algorithm of symbols that renders them unreadable. Very often the file extension may be changed as well, in order to ensure that no program can recognize and open the files. During the encryption, there are hardly any visible symptoms, which may indicate what a nasty process is running in the background. When all the data is locked, only then does the malware reveal itself to the user. This usually happens with the help of a disturbing ransom note that appears either directly on the screen or as an icon on the desktop of the infected machine.
The ransom demand
The sole aim of the above encryption process is to blackmail users for their data. For that, the hackers behind .Scl ask the victims to pay a huge amount of money (preferably in Bitcoins) as ransom, if they want to get their files back. They usually apply some emotional attacks and manipulative methods by issuing threats and short deadlines. This is done in order to make the victims pay as soon as possible and not give them much time to seek for other opportunities to deal with the Ransomware.
However, there are such options and one of them is not paying a penny to the hackers and removing the malware on your own. The removal guide below is created to help you in that and you can easily do it if you follow the instructions closely. What is trickier, however, is the restoration of your encrypted data. Unfortunately, the newer and sophisticated threats like .Scl come with very complex encryptions, which are challenging even for experienced security specialists. However, paying the ransom also doesn’t guarantee that the decryption key would work. And, actually, you would be really lucky to get any key from these unscrupulous crooks at all. Moreover, paying the ransom would only stimulate this criminal practice to become even more popular. That’s why if you are looking for an alternative, our team would advise you not to sponsor the criminals. There are a few tips, which we included in the instructions below that you can try to restore some of your data. And although there is no guarantee for it, it would cost you nothing to give it a try. Some of the best prevention against Ransomware, however, is the good old backup. If you have a copy of your data somewhere on an external drive or a cloud, the only thing you need to do is to remove .Scl and all of its traces and then safely restore your files.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||You are unable to access your files, their file extension may be changed and a ransom note informs you about the infection.|
|Distribution Method||This threat is lurking in various web locations such as spam emails, attachments, files, links, ads, or installers and very often comes in a combo with a Trojan horse infection.|
.Scl File Ransomware Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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 - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once 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:
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 files infected with .Scl
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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