SYSTEM Ransomware Removal (+.system File Recovery) Feb. 2018 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 SYSTEM Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .system file can be recovered.

Ransomware viruses often go through quite a lot of development, until their creators are happy with the outcome of the malicious piece they have created. The SYSTEM Ransomware is one of these programs with improved file-encrypting abilities, which recently has been spotted hitting the online users. Some infected victims have contacted our “How to remove” team, and we decided to take a close look at this new Ransomware and its harmful features. SYSTEM Ransomware is somewhat more unusual than most online viruses because, instead of causing some actual harm to your , it uses a special encryption to lock the victim’s files and blackmail them for ransom. The creators of this virus have basically programmed it to turn the victim’s information into encryption-protected files, which cannot be accessed without a secret decryption key. Only the hackers have the key to decrypt the locked information, and users have to pay ransom to get access to their files again. Unfortunately, there are not many methods to counteract such a nasty form of online blackmail and even paying the ransom is not always associated with successful file recovery. However, in the text below, we will do our best to offer you some alternative solutions as well as a detailed Removal Guide, with the help of which you may remove SYSTEM Ransomware from your computer.

SYSTEM Ransomware

How SYSTEM locks your files

The nature of the encryption is the main thing that distinguishes Ransomware threats from other computer infections. Otherwise, their actions are alike and they all aim to cause harm to you in one way or another. Usually, SYSTEM gets into the computers with a scam (a Trojan horse or some well-camouflaged malicious transmitter) and starts scanning them for a pre-set list of file types. When it detects the targeted data, the malware immediately encrypts it with a complex algorithm of symbols, and even changes the file extensions. A ransom note gets displayed on the screen the moment all the files become encrypted. This note allows the hackers to submit their ransom request to the victims and prompt them to purchase a decryption key. Unfortunately, uninformed users follow the ransom commands and this is how they fall victims of the blackmail scheme.

SYSTEM 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).



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%/32/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 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 SYSTEM 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 do not intend to really help you!

Usually, the hackers, who stand behind Ransomware infections, do not really intend to help their victims recover their data. Normally, they simply disappear once they receive the amount of the ransom and leave the users with their files encrypted. The only alternative that the victims have in such a case is to remove the virus and seek for backup sources of their data. If you want to successfully get rid of this virus, you should know that only professional anti-virus software such as the SYSTEM Ransomware removal tool can help you remove the virus without causing additional damage to your computer. Alternatively, you can use the Removal guide below or seek the help of a professional. It is certainly not easy, but we have some recommendations prepared for you at the end of the article in case you encounter problems.

Is it possible to recover the information after SYSTEM has encrypted it?

When attacked by a Ransomware virus, the first thing you probably think about is restoring the information. You are lucky if you find yourself infected with a Ransomware version that has already been decrypted by computer specialists, but if SYSTEM Ransomware or another new and non-decrypted version has attacked your computer, you have a serious problem. The only thing that can help you recover your data in full is a complete file-backup copy. If you don’t have one, then there are not that many options to choose from. Of course, you can wait until a decryption tool is created, but this can take a long time. You can also use information recovery tools or some file-restoration steps (like the ones you can find in our guide). However, we need to warn you that these methods may not be successful in each and every case.  So, if you files are really important to you, always back them up and keep them in a safe place, preferably on an external device. This way, you will not have to worry about their safety even if a threat like this attacks you.


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 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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