[email protected] Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery) Feb. 2019 Update

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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This page aims to help you remove [email protected] Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any [email protected]  file can be recovered.

All you need to know about the latest cryptovirus – [email protected] Ransomware

[email protected] Ransomware is another malicious program of the Ransomware type, which has recently been reported by a number of attacked users. This threat infects the computer in a very stealthy way and encrypts the files, found there.  From then on, the victims are not able to open or use any of the affected data and they are asked to pay a huge amount of money (in Bitcoins) as ransom if they ever want to decrypt their files.

Such infection can be extremely dangerous because practically, it can attack any computer. The malicious program enters the system of the victims unnoticed and begins to unfold its malicious activities without the computer owner even suspecting that he is under a great danger. The main purpose of the hackers, who stand behind [email protected] Ransomware, is to blackmail the victims to pay for a decryption key, which can reverse the malicious encryption. Unfortunately, there are not many ways to break this malicious encryption code and apart from the special key, which the hackers offer, and there are very few other options, which may be effective.  Our “How to remove” team has done its best to prepare a removal guide, which contains some alternative solutions. If you give them a try, you may be able to combat [email protected] Ransomware to some extent and eventually save some of your files without paying the ransom. So, take a look at what we have prepared below and let us know if we were helpful.

How does this virus spread and how can it get into my computer?

[email protected] Ransomware is usually spread through well camouflaged Trojan horse infections, infected installers, pop-ups and fake ads, spam emails that contain a link or an attachment, an offer or some attractive image or file. Usually, the malicious email or transmitter may prompt you to download the file or click on the link. The virus activates when the file/link is downloaded and opened and proceeds with its malicious encryption without almost any visible symptoms. Knowing how this Ransomware spreads, you should have an idea how to protect your computer from such a virus attack. Of course, it’s good to be very careful when opening emails received from dubious or unknown senders or messages that contain suspicious information, which is unrelated to your regular correspondence. Always avoid emails from the spam folder, as most e-mail service providers automatically filter emails and put suspicious files in the spam folder. Still, you do not have to fully trust this built-in auto filter because potentially dangerous emails can slip into your inbox. Also, make sure you’ve secured your system with trusted anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date. It is always advisable to have a backup of the files stored on your system somewhere on an external media in the event of an emergency because this is the easiest way to recover them in a case of a Ransomware attack.

Remove [email protected] Ransomware



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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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. 

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:

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:


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.


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
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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!


How to Decrypt [email protected] Ransomware 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!

The hackers’ blackmail scheme

After [email protected] Ransomware silently completes the encryption, a scary ransom message window usually appears on the victims’ screen. In the ransom notice, the victim is asked to pay a certain amount of Bitcoins.  The hackers normally push for a quick payment of the ransom and give a short deadline for their demands to be fulfilled. But the problems with [email protected] Ransomware do not end here. If you agree to pay the ransom, there is absolutely no guarantee that you will save your files. What usually happens is the moment the crooks get their money, they simply disappear and no decryption solution is sent back to the victims. Such practice is common and the people, who have burned their money, are usually left to deal with their encrypted files on their own. For this reason, the security experts in our team never recommend the victims of Ransomware to complete the hackers’ demands. An alternative to that is to remove the traces of [email protected] Ransomware from the computer and to try to recover from its attack by other means such as file backups, copies from external devices or cloud storage. We have described the exact steps for that in the removal guide below and you can access them for free. However, we need to warn you that [email protected] Ransomware is a very complex infection and even if you delete the virus from your system, unfortunately, your files may remain locked because removal of the Ransomware does not automatically release the encrypted documents from the encryption. It only removes the infected files from your system and. Of course, removing the virus is very important if you want to continue using the computer. That’s why we encourage you to use the instructions in the guide and get rid of [email protected] Ransomware and then try to get back some of your data with the help of the suggested file-restoration steps below.


Name [email protected]
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

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.

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