[email protected] is a typical ransomware cryptovirus that can function on most Windows operating systems. [email protected] encrypts the files on the infected machine and then blackmails its victims for money.
To be more specific, [email protected] demands that the victim users pay a certain amount of money in exchange for a decryption key. And this decryption key, in turn, is needed in order to undo the encryption of the virus. After [email protected] has encrypted your data, you will find that it becomes utterly useless. No software or program will be able to recognize the format of the data, and therefore it will not be able to be opened or viewed.
Ransomware such as [email protected] can affect most commonly used data types, such as images, videos, audio files, MS office and other such documents, etc. And if you happen to be a company or organization, the consequences of an attack like this can prove to be quite disastrous. This is why ransomware has become a highly profitable extortion scheme. And thanks to the emergence of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that provide full anonymity for their transactions, the cyber criminals who are responsible for these viruses have pretty much lost any and all fear of persecution.
The good news, however, is that you aren’t doomed to have to empty your pockets in order to get your data back. There are alternative means available to you, and in the following removal guide we will tell you about some of them. But what’s no less important is that you follow the steps in the first part of said removal guide, as these will help you locate and remove [email protected] from your system. If you do not do this, any files you manage to decrypt or otherwise recover will most likely get encrypted immediately after.
The [email protected] virus
The [email protected] virus usually operates in complete stealth and most antivirus software proves helpless to counteract it. Variants like the [email protected] virus are, therefore, best prevented from entering your system than fought off post-infection.
The hackers typically use a handful of common techniques for the distribution of this and other malware types. For example, malvertisements (which is fancy talk for fake online ads) are one of the leading methods of distribution for ransomware like [email protected] Hence, we would recommend trying your best to minimize your interaction with any and all online ads.
Next up are the traditional spam messages (emails, social media, etc.) that seem to never get old. These usually contain and attached file that may seem harmless, but actually contains the virus. And another very common way of getting infected is by interacting with pirated or illegal content that you can download from various sketchy sources.
Now that you know the potential ransomware sources, you can learn to avoid them better. But perhaps the best way to ensure your immunity to such attacks is to back up your files on a regular basis and keep copies stored on a separate drive.
The [email protected] file extension
|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||[banner_table_recovery]|
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[email protected] Ransomware Removal
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).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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:
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.
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 [email protected] 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!