Eight Ransomware Eight is a ransomware variant that belongs to the file-encrypting subtype. Eight essentially blocks users from being able to use their files and then blackmails them for money in order to restore their access. This is all part of a relatively simple extortion scheme that cybercriminals have been perfecting and polishing over the course of some 30 years now. But it wasn\u2019t until cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin appeared that ransomware really saw its hay days, which is where we are right now. And the reason for this is that cryptocurrencies provide anonymity for users. Hence, when you send the hackers behind Eight the money that they demand, there will be no way for the authorities to check where exactly the transfer went and who received it. This has lent cybercriminals a sort of confidence that, in turn, has resulted in a massive ransomware boom in recent years. Millions or new variants like Eight appear every year and it has become up to us, regular internet users, to do what we can to put an end to this spread. And what we can do if we\u2019ve already been attacked is to first explore alternative options to paying the demanded ransom. Below is a removal guide with instructions on how to remove Eight from your system, which is a highly important step to take. Then once you\u2019ve done that, you will reach the second part of the guide, which focuses on the recovery of your files. While we cannot promise that all of the listed suggestions will work, because each case of infection is different, they\u2019re certainly worth giving a try. The Eight virus The Eight virus uses a complex encryption algorithm to encode most widely used file formats. As a result, no program is able to read the files that the Eight virus encrypts. The encryption process itself can often be a lengthy one, but it rarely if ever has any distinct symptoms. Furthermore, most antivirus programs aren\u2019t designed to combat ransomware, because encryption does not actually harm anything on the infected machine. And this provides variants like Eight with a tremendous advantage and is in part why this malware category has become so successful. This brings us to what you can do to disarm potential threats of this type in the future. The best way is to frequently create copies of your most valuable data and store those copies on a separate drive that\u2019s not connected to the internet. And as for preventing the attacks themselves, you will find that easier once you know the main distribution channels for this malware. The Eight file distribution The Eight file distribution typically takes place with the help of infected emails and social media messages. In these cases, there is also usually a Trojan horse virus involved to aid the Eight file distribution. Another very common way of getting infected with ransomware is by clicking on an infected or fake online ad. This practice is known as malvertising and since there\u2019s no way you can distinguish legit ads from malicious ones, we would recommend flat out avoiding interactions with any online ads. \u00a0 SUMMARY: Name Eight Type Ransomware Danger Level High\u00a0(Ransomware is\u00a0by 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 Detection Tool Remove Eight Ransomware 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 Eight 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!