.Serp Virus File Removal (+File Recovery)

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

Ransomware threats are developing with the speed of light. A very dangerous variant of this type of malware has been detected recently by security experts. It is named .Serp Virus and it seems to be troubling people in several countries. On this page, we are going to give you more information about it, the way it spreads and infects you and the possible ways to deal with it. For those of you, whose files have been encrypted by the Ransomware, we’ve also prepared a removal guide, which may help you eliminate the infection. It contains detailed instructions on how to detect and manually delete .Serp Virus from your system, as well as some file recovery steps that you can try in order to get some of your files back. So, take a look at the information below to get a better idea, as it may turn out to be helpful.

.Serp Virus File

The specifics of a Ransomware attack:

When speaking about Ransomware, we need to point out the different approach this type of malware uses to do its victims harm. It has nothing in common with most other online threats like computer viruses and Trojans. A cryptovirus like .Serp Virus won’t destroy your system and won’t delete your files. It will encrypt your data instead. But what does that encryption mean? The encryption is a common method of data protection, which practically locks specific data, such as sensitive files, confidential or personal information, etc. and ensures that no one can access it unless they have a special decryption key. This is considered as one of the safest data protection methods to date, and many institutions, banks, and other organizations, dealing with private information, use it as a method to block unauthorized access. Due to that reason, the file encryption process is usually not considered malicious and in most of the cases, remains under the radar of the security software.

The cyber criminals, however, have employed this method for their criminal scheme, which brings them enormous profits. They use cryptoviruses like .Serp Virus to encrypt the data, found on the infected computer, and prevent the owners from accessing it. Once this is done, the hackers place a ransom note where they state that if the victims want to use their files again, they will have to pay ransom to get the special decryption key. This is basically a nasty blackmail scheme and, unfortunately, many online users and businesses are nowadays tortured by it. What is worse is that such Ransomware infections can be caught from anywhere – spam, email attachments, well-camouflaged files, links, fake ads, compromised web pages, different installers, and even Trojan horses and there are hardly any symptoms that can give them away.

How to act if you have been blackmailed?

Technically speaking, when you’ve been attacked by Ransomware, you don’t have many options – you either have to pay the ransom and hope that the hackers will send you a decryption key, or you have to remove the infection from your PC and find other ways to recover from the data loss. Unfortunately, once encrypted, you cannot access any of your files even if you delete .Serp Virus from your machine. But paying the ransom can’t guarantee you will be able to get them back either. The sad experience of some of the victims, who did pay the ransom, shows that once the crooks receive the payment, they simply disappear and from then on, you can’t expect to receive any decryption key. What is worse is that the money you’ve paid is forever gone and so is the hope of getting your encrypted files back.

If you don’t want to experience this, here is what we can suggest. Don’t pay any ransom and try to remove the infection instead. You can do that with the help of the instructions in the removal guide below or you can use a professional tool that can help you delete the threat. Once you clean your PC from the Ransomware, you can try to restore some of your files with the steps shown in the guide, or you can get them back from backup copies that you eventually keep in a cloud or an external drive. Yes, you may not be able to fully recover from the data loss, but still, this may be an alternative, which will cost you nothing to try.

SUMMARY:

Name .Serp
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 We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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

.Serp Virus File 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!

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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. 

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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Scan Results


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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:

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:

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 .Serp Virus 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!