The infection with a Ransomware-based virus has no match nowadays. This is truly the most awful contamination any user can come across. The article below discusses exactly such a matter – the infections caused by [email protected] Such a virus normally sneaks into your PC without your permission, looks for the files you use most and encrypts all of them with a key, consisting of two components. Then this terrible program lets you know about the completed contamination by sending you a screen notification. There you find out that your PC has been infected, your data – blocked, and you are being harassed by some hackers into paying ransom for your encrypted files. This is the typical scenario that [email protected] makes possible and you will read more about it below.
Ransomware-based viruses as the most dangerous cyber threat known to users everywhere in the world
Of all the known types of malware, Ransomware is the one with the most hazardous effects on your PC. As you know after reading the opening paragraph, all such viruses are used by hackers to make some money from your desperation and concern about some commonly used files that this type of malware encrypts. Such infections like the one with [email protected] are particularly nasty because they do not represent a Ransomware contamination only. Usually, the Ransomware-type virus comes with its closest friend – a Trojan horse virus. Here is how these two help each other complete their mostly illegal and disturbing tasks:
- The process of infection actually begins with a vulnerability. It could be either a program or a system one. The Trojan detects it and exploits it successfully for letting [email protected] inside your machine.
- Once there, the Ransomware carefully reviews all the directories on your PC to determine which files are important to you. It measures the importance of the data by the statistics of how often they get opened/ used or visited.
- Then the ransom-demanding virus proceeds with creating a detailed list of all such data. Once completed, this list is used for the actual encryption process – one by one all the mentioned files are encoded with a double key. The public component of such an encryption key is given to the affected user right away. For the private part, though, if infected, you are supposed to pay ransom. You learn about all the payment details, deadlines and possible consequences of not paying in the ransom notification that later appears on your monitor. This is the part that could really scare any user due to the threats it often contains.
How you can notice and remove a Ransomware-based infection
It’s not always possible to notice the activities of any Ransomware virus. Normally, such actions could be seen as the most resources-consuming process in the Task Manager of your OS during the process of encryption. After this process is done, before the popping up of the ransom-notifying alert, nothing suggests that your computer has been infected. Also, the process of encoding files might slow down your machine due to the resources used for encryption. In fact, only few of the affected users have spotted the virus before it has completed all its evil tasks. The general advice, in case you do perceive the coming threat and do notice such strange activity in the Task Manager or such a substantial slowdown of your PC, is to shut down the entire system as soon as possible and to terminate all its network connections in order to stop the spreading of the virus.
In most cases, you will spot the infection only after you get the ransom message and check whether your files have really been encrypted and find out that the threats are actually real. Under such circumstances, everything that you decide to do will be a risk. It is really a risk to give money to criminals and to expect that they will make your hijacked files accessible to you again. It is also risky to turn down the hackers’ offer and to try to find a possible solution yourself, as no program and no expert could be capable of helping you solve the problem with [email protected] No matter what your decision is, make sure that it is informed and you have calculated the possible losses that may come as a result of it. What we can recommend that you do is to avoid paying the ransom immediately. Read more about the matter, ask an expert for help, become a member of a specialized forum, just don’t simply give your money to any harassing criminal out there. Another possible solution will be the Guide we have prepared for such cases. Still, we make no promise that it will decrypt your files, but trying never hurt anyone.
Please, note that it is ESSENTIAL to locate and remove the Trojan that has possibly helped [email protected] invade your computer right after you have solved the Ransomware issue.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||The process of encoding files might make your PC more sluggish than normal. Normally, no symptoms can be noticed before the appearance of the ransom-asking alert.|
|Distribution Method||Via spam emails and their contagious attachments. Via torrents, websites, bundles – everything on the Internet.|
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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).
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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