.Repl\r\n.Repl is a ransomware virus that belongs to the file-encrypting subtype. This makes .Repl among the most dangerous types of malicious code in existence.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEvery year ransomware variants cause businesses and even individuals millions of dollars in losses. And it\u2019s all because of the mechanism by which this particular type of malware operates. Namely, it robs people of access to what can easily be considered one\u2019s most valuable asset in today\u2019s world: their information.\r\n\r\nBy using complex encryption algorithms, variants such as .Repl, .Maas, .Zida \u2018lock\u2019 the files stored on the computers of their victims and make them inaccessible to anyone and anything. This means that no form of software will be able to open or read the files encrypted by .Repl. The only way you can decode those files and once again convert them into readable bits of data is by applying a special decryption key. And only the hackers behind this ransomware virus are in possession of that key, of which they have no doubt already informed you in the ransom note they left behind. This is the key that the criminals demand they be paid for.\r\n\r\nWell, luckily, that\u2019s just what they would have you believe. In reality, there are also alternative solutions to this problem. And we strongly encourage victims of .Repl to try and use all those alternatives first, before agreeing to pay the criminals. On the one hand, this will save you a pretty decent amount of money. But on the other, this will also prevent the hackers from getting what they want, and it\u2019s a small step forward in the overall fight against this threat.\r\nThe .Repl virus\r\nThe .Repl virus usually works in complete stealth and is able to avoid most antivirus tools. Thus, the .Repl virus could have easily been at work for hours on end without you even realizing it.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThis is perhaps one of the main advantages of ransomware in general. And the trick is as simple as it is ingenious. Encryption in and of itself is not a harmful process. If anything, it was originally developed as a means to protect information from unwanted eyes, but as can be clearly seen in this example, it can also be used for bad. And that, in turn, is why most antivirus software won\u2019t detect the ongoing encryption process as a malicious one.\r\nThe .Repl file decryption\r\nThe .Repl file decryption is made possible thanks to a decryption key that is unique to each and every instance of infection. The .Repl file decryption can occur after you\u2019ve paid the ransom the hackers demand and receive the respective key.\r\n\r\nHowever, below we have listed a number of other possible options to recover your files. But before you attempt any of them, it is vital that you first remove .Repl from your system, and you can see how to do that in the first part of the removal guide that follows. Then you can proceed with the second part of the guide that focuses on file recovery.\r\nSUMMARY:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nName\r\n.Repl\r\n\r\n\r\nType\r\nRansomware\r\n\r\n\r\nDanger Level\r\nHigh\u00a0(Ransomware is\u00a0by far the worst threat you can encounter)\r\n\r\n\r\nSymptoms\r\nVery few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.\r\n\r\n\r\nDistribution Method\r\nFrom fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.\r\n\r\n\r\nData Recovery Tool\r\nNot Available\r\n\r\n\r\nDetection Tool\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/aa2t86n2f_8\r\n\r\n\r\nRemove .Repl Ransomware\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSome of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.\r\nReboot in\u00a0Safe Mode\u00a0(use this guide if you don't know how to do it).\r\n\r\nWARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!\r\n\r\nPress CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time\u00a0and\u00a0go to the\u00a0Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRight click on each of them\u00a0and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAfter you open their folder,\u00a0end the processes\u00a0that are infected, then delete their folders.\u00a0\r\nNote:\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.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHold the Start\u00a0Key\u00a0and\u00a0R\u00a0- \u00a0copy +\u00a0paste the following and click OK:\r\nnotepad %windir%\/system32\/Drivers\/etc\/hosts\r\nA 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:\r\n\r\nIf there are suspicious IPs below "Localhost" -\u00a0write to us in the comments.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nType msconfig in the search field and hit enter.\u00a0A\u00a0window will pop-up:\r\n\r\nGo in\u00a0Startup --->\u00a0Uncheck\u00a0entries that have "Unknown" as Manufacturer.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tPlease note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nType Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.\u00a0Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus's Name.\u00a0\r\nSearch 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.\r\n\r\nType each of the following in the Windows Search Field:\r\n\r\n \t%AppData%\r\n \t%LocalAppData%\r\n \t%ProgramData%\r\n \t%WinDir%\r\n \t%Temp%\r\n\r\nDelete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added.\u00a0Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!\r\n\u00a0\r\n\r\nHow to Decrypt .Repl files\r\nWe have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.\r\nIf 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!