One of the latest threats of the ransomware type to be unleashed upon unsuspecting victims has the name of [email protected] It has been reported to us by users, who’ve been affected by its malicious payload and who were desperately seeking for a way to remedy their situation. This is the exact purpose of the following article, as we will aim to relay the most necessary information about this virus and also provide a solution within the [email protected] removal guide, which you will find further down on this page. Please bear in mind that the guide will help you remove the ransomware and will only attempt to bring back the files that were affected by it. We cannot promise that this will necessarily work, but do spend a minute to read through the following few paragraphs – the information within them is important.
How [email protected] operates
Once in your system, ransomware typically compiles a list of your most-used files. Usually these will be pictures, documents, audio and video files. These are then copied with a different extension – one that is unique to the virus and cannot be read by any other program. This renders the copies of the files inaccessible and the originals are deleted. The process is referred to as encryption and it usually shows no sign of what’s going on. In some rare cases you might be able to detect ransomware at work, if your machine isn’t exactly the fastest model and there’s a substantial amount of data stored on it. If these two factors coincide, chances are your computer will experience a tremendous slow-down, which should ideally arouse suspicion on your end. By checking the processes using the most CPU/RAM in the Task Manager, you should see the virus somewhere at the top of the list and should then immediately turn off your PC. Failing to do so in time (as is most often the case) will result in the encryption process being completed and a ransom note being displayed on your screen.
How [email protected] may have entered your system
Most times people have no idea how they have gotten infected, which can also be quite frustrating. There are several primary methods that hackers usually rely on to distribute their malicious software. Cyber security experts have determined that malvertisements have been the most successful ‘vector’. They look like your regular online adverts in the forms of banners or popups, only as opposed to the harmless promotional slogans and images they have malware planted in them. Clicking on one of these will usually either redirect you to a dangerous website that’s been embedded with ransomware and whatnot or either result in an automatic download of the malicious payload. Another very commonly exploited technique is sending a Trojan via spam emails, mostly within an attached document. Once the Trojan has been let into the victim’s system, it then proceeds to download the ransomware. The reason why this tactic is so successful, despite how old and used it already is and despite that people mostly avoid spam, is because hackers have learned to elaborately disguise their messages as legit emails from existing companies or organizations. It’s not uncommon that you may receive an email very closely mimicking a popular online store or similar, asking you to open the enclosed attachment under the pretense of it being a bill or order you’ve made. Because of the wide use of online shopping sites, it’s very likely for people to get tricked into believing they’ve received a genuine email from one of them.
Decryption and paying the ransom
We already pointed out that our method described below may or may not succeed in retrieving your files. Our advice is that you give it a try anyway as it will most certainly not make matters worse. It won’t cost you anything, it will not compromise your files or your system and it will most certainly not impact any further actions you may wish to undertake afterwards. If you are considering paying the cybercriminals in exchange for the decryption key, this too may or may not work out. There have been cases, when the hackers simply neglected to send back anything or when the decryption key failed to work on the affected files. Whether or not you should take the risk of transferring the ransom amount is entirely up to you. What we do recommend, however, is removing [email protected] from your system immediately, as keeping it there could lead to another encryption later on and will still grant the hackers access to your computer.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worse threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||There are usually no noticeable symptoms of an infection.|
|Distribution Method||Malverstiements and Trojans are by far the most common means of infection.|
[email protected] Ransomware Virus 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).
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 - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 files infected with [email protected]
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
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