Conti Conti is a dangerous PC virus capable of entering your system without any infection signs and then locking up any important files stored there. Conti is created for the purpose of blackmailing its victims by keeping their data blocked until they pay a ransom. This type of computer threat is particularly problematic because there isn\u2019t a surefire method of dealing with it. Oftentimes, the users who get attacked by infections like Conti, Try2Cry, Prnds never manage to restore the access to their personal files and if any of the lost files have been important to the attacked user, the attack from such a virus can be especially damaging. Here, we will tell you about the characteristics of the Conti virus, the way it functions, and the actions you can take in order to minimize the damage it may cause. The Conti virus The Conti virus is a date-encrypting piece of malware that can secretly lock up the files located on your hard drives. Experts categorize the Conti virus as a Ransomware cryptovirus and warn that it is distributed via spam messages or with the help of disguised Trojans. As soon as this threat enters a targeted system, it launches an advanced process of file encryption. This process silently locks up each and every file it is applied to. Once the encryption process is complete, most (if not all) of the user\u2019s personal files would no longer be available. No regular program can open an encrypted file unless there is a special decryption key located on the computer that can be used to unlock the sealed data. During the encryption process, the Ransomware virus generates such a key and stores it on the hackers\u2019 server. There is a unique decryption key for every computer infected by the Ransomware so using the key generated for another PC won\u2019t unlock your encrypted files - you need the key that\u2019s been generated for your computer specifically. Of course, the hackers offer to send you the decryption key that matches the encryption on your files but only if you send them a certain amount of money following their strict instructions. Generally, we\u2019d advise against going for this option because the chances of getting tricked and lied to by the hackers and never receiving the access key that you need are too high. The Conti file decryption The Conti file decryption is what can allow you to restore your files using the corresponding access key. If the key for the Conti file decryption isn\u2019t available to you, there may be some other things you can try to restore your data. In the guide present on this page, you will first find removal instructions that will help you safely remove Conti. After you complete this first part of the guide, you can then try the suggested file-recovery alternatives that are free and won\u2019t require you to interact with the hackers. However, we must still warn you that there aren\u2019t any guarantees those alternatives will work - you will have to try them and see for yourself if they would be effective in your case. SUMMARY: Name Conti Type Ransomware Danger Level High\u00a0(Ransomware is\u00a0by far the worst threat you can encounter) Symptoms Ransomware mostly operates silently and doesn't trigger any apparent presence until it locks the user's files. Distribution Method Nowadays, one of the main methods of spreading Ransomware is using disguised Trojan horse backdoor viruses to download the Ransomware onto the victims' computers. Data Recovery Tool Not Available Detection Tool Remove Conti 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 Conti 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!