.Shark Virus Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

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

In the even that you’ve been infected by a ransomware virus called .Shark Virus and it is now demanding money from you after having encrypted a large portion of your personal or work files, we might be able to help. A number of our readers have actually already reported this awful virus to us and some of them have even already had the misfortune of landing it. If this is the first time you’ve even heard of ransomware, know this: Ransomware is among the scariest, most devastating cyber threats you can ever encounter. Dealing with it can be highly tricky and its consequences are often irreversible, no matter what the victim tries to do remedy them. However, there is still hope that you may yet be able to recover from this horrible attack. And for that purpose we’re offering you a set of removal instructions for .Shark Virus. You will find them at the bottom of this page and in that same set you will also find separate instructions aimed at recovering the files that this virus has robbed you of. But before you head over to the removal guide, we do advise you to read the following few paragraphs and gain a better understanding of what it is you are now facing.

.Shark Ransomware

.Shark Virus Ransomware

What is ransomware? What makes it so dangerous?

It really might not seem like it, but this particular malware category has actually been around for quite some times now. As a matter of fact, it was first developed in the late 80s and was initially only exclusive to Russia. But over time, with the expansion and evolution of technology, especially of the internet, this has become a massive phenomenon. Ransomware like .Shark Virus has become extremely sophisticated, with encryption algorithms that so far surpass the capabilities of security specialists of cracking them. And this is a huge problem, because apart from that, this virus type also generates huge amounts of profit for its criminal masterminds. Couple that also with the fact that nowadays we have bitcoins that provide a convenient cover for the hackers. So what happens is they request that the victims pay them in bitcoins (or some other cryptocurrency), and that ensures their anonymity, because there is virtually no way for legal authorities to trace the money flow and find out where it is going to.

 

.Shark Virus Ransomware 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!

A lot of people ignore what is written and then ask us, so we are putting this information here. To remove parasite without it coming back, you WILL 100% have to:

  Delete files belonging to suspicious processes in your Task Manager.

 

  Meddle with system files and folders, including ones belonging to Windows.

Both of these can damage your system. If you want a fast safe solution, we always recommend SpyHunter, because it has an option, allowing its owners to send a customized fix made for your PC. We guarantee it will work. You can access it at "Spyware HelpDesk" ----> Select Problem Type ---> Unremoved Parasite. 

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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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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.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

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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 .Shark Virus files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

In addition to that, once your files have already been encrypted, there’s only so much you can do to try and recover them. Not even submitting to the ransom demands can guarantee that you will ever be able to access your data again. It’s actually a common thing for victims to transfer the money and never receive the decryption key that they were promised. In other cases, the hackers do uphold their end of the deal, but unfortunately the key juts fails to work properly. Plus, sending money to terrorists (even the cowardly kind that hind behind the screen of a computer) is hardly ever a good idea. If anything it would be funding their criminal scheme.

What you can do to try and beat .Shark Virus would be to certainly remove it from your system. That way you will at least ensure that no further harm can come from it, and as pointed out you can refer to the removal guide below for instructions. Once you’ve got that done, you can proceed to the file recovery instructions in the same guide. These will attempt to restore any data from system backups, although this may not always result in success, depending on each separate case of infection. Furthermore, you can try and crack .Shark Virus’s encryption with the help of the many existing free decryptor tools. This is the cyber security company way of trying to battle ransomware, so it may very well be worth giving a shot. You can find a list of some of the most recent decyptor tools available on our site.

Regardless of the outcome of this situation, however, we do highly recommend that you learn from it and take better measures for protecting your system. You can do that by creating backups for your most important files and keeping them on separate drives. That way they will always be safe from any potential attack on your PC. But it certainly would also benefit you if you’d practiced safer and more conscious browsing habits, as well.

SUMMARY:

Name .Shark Virus
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.

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!