This page aims to help you remove the .Bot\u00a0 Virus for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Bot file can be recovered. .Bot .Bot is a harmful program of the Ransomware variety - a type of virus that locks-up user data. The .Bot encryption is what keeps the files inaccessible, and a ransom is demanded from the user for the decryption key. The purpose of the lockdown under which your files would get put if a virus such as this one enters your system is simple - it\u2019s all done to make you pay a significant amount of money to the criminals behind this infection. Since many people keep sensitive files in their computers related to their job, education, or simply files that have high sentimental value to them, having the access to those files taken away from them may be quite unpleasant and cause some serious issues. This is why many may be willing to pay the ransom just so that they could bring back their data. However, not everyone can afford to pay the money that the hackers require. Oftentimes the ransom sum is a four-digit number, and no matter how important your files are, you may simply lack the opportunity to make such a payment. Furthermore, even if you have the money and are willing to issue the payment, this in no way guarantees the recovery of your data. The hackers behind such a virus might be lying about helping you recover your data once you pay them. In such a case, all that would happen if you complete their demands is you would lose a sizable amount of money in total vain. The .Bot virus The .Bot virus is a computer threat of the Ransomware type. The .Bot virus will restrict the user\u2019s access to their data by applying military-grade encryption. The user will be asked to pay money for the data\u2019s release. The typical practice among the Ransomware hackers is for them to demand the payment in a cryptocurrency form. This is an important detail, because the use of cryptocurrency such as BitCoin, and Ukash makes stripping the hackers off their anonymity an almost unachievable task. There are very few cyber criminals using Ransomware who have ever been caught and brought to justice. This is also one of the main reasons why this type of computer infections (.Derp, .Coot) are everywhere nowadays, and why they are such a huge issue. Another very serious problem with Ransomware is that they dealing with them is a very arduous, and not always achievable task. In the case of Ransomware, removing the threat is not enough. Though it is still crucial to eliminate the infection, to unlock the files, you will need to take additional steps. The problem with that is there isn\u2019t a surefire method that can universally bring encrypted files back to their functional states. As we said, the payment, though it may seem like a workable option, is not something you should actually rely on. At best, it should be a last resort option, and not a go-to one. The .Bot file encryption The .Bot file encryption is a process that makes digital data inaccessible. The .Bot file encryption rearranges the contents of the targeted file, making it unreadable to any software. The encryption placed on your files will keep them inaccessible, and as long as it\u2019s on them, no program on your computer would be able to read the sealed data. The encryption stays in the files even when the virus isn\u2019t present in the computer. To recover some of your data without the decryption key that the hackers want you to pay for, you can try the suggested alternatives from our guide. However, remember that they might not work for all of you, and also make sure to first remove the virus before you try to recover any data. The removal instructions are in the first part of the guide. SUMMARY: Name .Bot Type Ransomware Danger Level High\u00a0(Ransomware is\u00a0by far the worst threat you can encounter) Symptoms This Ransomware doesn't cause visible symptoms, and most users don't notice it on time. Distribution Method Most Ransomware infections get distributed with the help of a Trojan Horse backdoor. Data Recovery Tool Detection Tool Remove .Bot Ransomware\u00a0 Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference. Reboot in\u00a0Safe Mode\u00a0(use this guide if you don't know how to do it). WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING! Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time\u00a0and\u00a0go to the\u00a0Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.\u00a0 Right click on each of them\u00a0and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: After you open their folder,\u00a0end the processes\u00a0that are infected, then delete their folders.\u00a0 Note:\u00a0If 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\u00a0Key\u00a0and\u00a0R\u00a0- \u00a0copy +\u00a0paste the following and click OK: notepad %windir%\/system32\/Drivers\/etc\/hosts A new\u00a0file 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" -\u00a0write to us in the comments. Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter.\u00a0A\u00a0window will pop-up: Go in\u00a0Startup --->\u00a0Uncheck\u00a0entries that have "Unknown" as Manufacturer. \tPlease note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate. Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.\u00a0Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus's Name.\u00a0 Search for the ransomware\u00a0\u00a0in your registries and delete\u00a0the entries. Be extremely careful - \u00a0you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware. Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field: \t%AppData% \t%LocalAppData% \t%ProgramData% \t%WinDir% \t%Temp% Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added.\u00a0Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble! \u00a0 How to Decrypt .Bot 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\u00a0anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!