Remove .Stone Virus Ransomware (+File Recovery)


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

.Stone virus is another strain from the Stop Ransomware family. It will modify the extension of your files to .Stone

After the ransomware encrypt your files, it leaves a _readme.txt file with instructions to follow:

The text down below will reveal to you what you should be aware of with regards to a form of malevolent software referred to as .Stone. More specifically, the actual malware type this program is characterised as is Ransomware. This type of malware is able to encode various software documents on your PC. Right after the file encryption of all the targeted data gets carried out, the Ransomware victim in most cases receives a notification describing all that has taken place inside their PC and telling the user that they must pay a ransom if they wish to bring the inaccessible data back to its previous accessible state. Normally, this kind of intimidating message is there to provide you with the hackers’ directions on how to transact the money for the ransom. Furthermore, warnings could also be added to the message – you may be warned that unless you DO pay, your files will stay blocked permanently and the decryption key would be deleted. If you want to find out more regarding this malware type and regarding the potential solutions for the issues brought on by it, our article here and the manual guide attached to it may turn out to be rather helpful.

Tips for the future security of your computer and files

And once you have dealt with .Stone, .Mogera or .Rezuc it is vital that you make sure that you don’t have to face such malware ever again. You can do that by preparing yourself for any potential future Ransomware infections. In fact, fending off Ransomware is rather simple when compared to removing such viruses after they’ve entered your computer.

One of the first things you need in order to decrease the danger of potential future Ransomware encounters is a data backup on a different location that isn’t linked to the Computer (you can also use a cloud service for that). Undoubtedly, if you have got available copies of your valuable files, even in case the original ones get sealed by a Ransomware, the cyber criminals are going to be deprived of leverage upon which they might blackmail you.

One other really important security and safety tip to think about is your computer’s exposure to potential online risks. One important thing that you ought to be really careful with are the various spam texts and emails that you may be sent because those might sometimes carry hazardous malware infections with them. Whatever appears shady and obscure will need to be avoided even if it seems you have received it from a person that you know given that there is the possibility that their PC may have been compromised.

One other probable source of Ransomware are the many forms of malicious online adverts. Because it is sometimes hard to tell apart regular ads from harmful ones, you should always be careful. Sad to say, a number of those online ads could include malware code. Usually, going to questionable websites that may be illegitimate and coming into contact with their ads drastically increases the chances of landing upon some misleading advertisement that may compromise the security of your machine. Just stay away from dubious and sketchy content when on the Internet and you won’t ever regret it.  

SUMMARY:

Name .Stone
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms After a Ransomware cryptovirus locks your files, they will have their extensions changed with unrecognizable ones and there will probably a ransom-demanding note on your screen.
Distribution Method There are many ways a Ransomware virus could get distributed – malicious ads, pirated programs and movies, adult sites, spam messages and more.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Remove .Stone File Virus Ransomware


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!

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.
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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 .Stone 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!


4 Comments

  • Hello,

    Yesterday, unfortunately, I got infected by virus “.stone” and now I am reading your page seeking any help.
    Applying instructions of “Step 3”, I read (9) suspicious localhosts as listed below.
    Hoping this info will be useful in resolving the problem.

    Kind regards
    Dimitris

    ::1 localhost

    127.0.0.1 space1.adminpressure.space
    127.0.0.1 trackpressure.website
    127.0.0.1 htagzdownload.pw
    127.0.0.1 360devtraking.website
    127.0.0.1 room1.360dev.info
    127.0.0.1 djapp.info
    127.0.0.1 sharefolder.online
    127.0.0.1 telechargini.com
    127.0.0.1 smarttrackk.xyz

     
    • Those IPs are definitely not supposed to be present in your Hosts file – delete all of them from the file except for “::1 localhost”. After that, save the changes to the Hosts file and complete the rest of the steps from the guide.

       

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