Rooe Rooe is a very dangerous file-encrypting ransomware virus. If Rooe is in your system, it must be removed as soon as possible before you undertake any steps towards recovering the files it has encrypted. SUMMARY: Name Rooe 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 Viruses of the ransomware type have been deemed to be the most devastating form of malware in existence. And mainly this is because as a result of their activities, individuals and organizations could permanently lose access to very important and sometimes even vital information. Specifically, this may occur alone due to the fact that the encryption that such viruses use in order to prevent users from accessing their files is a very tricky business in and of itself. Therefore, trying to decrypt the files on your own may not always be possible. But even relying on the hackers to restore your access to those files in exchange for the ransom that they demand might not yield any satisfying results either. For one, after you\u2019ve sent them the money, they may not send you back a decryption key at all and will simply disappear. And for another, there\u2019s a high chance that the decryption key might not work, or may not work entirely. And in that case, you guessed it, you won\u2019t have the opportunity to ask for a refund or an exchange. But whatever action you choose to take in regards to the recovery of your data, it\u2019s paramount that you first see to the removal of Rooe. The thing is that failure to do this may cost you further data loss, even if you do manage to decrypt the files. And for this purpose, you can use our professional removal guide which we\u2019ve published just below this article. It contains all the steps necessary to locate and delete this nasty ransomware. And after you have completed those, you will notice there are additional steps aimed at recovering your files from system backups. We\u2019ve also included some extra tips on what you can do to regain access to the locked data, but please read through the following few paragraphs first, in order to gain a better understanding of what it is you\u2019re currently dealing with. The Rooe virus The Rooe virus belongs to malicious subcategory of ransomware. Variants like the Rooe virus are notoriously tricky to deal with and require extra caution when doing so. As pointed out above, the careful and thorough removal of the Rooe virus is of the utmost importance for your safety and the future of any files that happen to land on your PC henceforth. But now that that has sunk in, let\u2019s explain a little more about how malware of this type operates. Once it gets into your system, a ransomware virus will scan it for specific file types. Normally, it\u2019s of the most commonly used kind, such as text documents, pictures, audio and video files, etc. Then, after the scan is complete, it begins to create encrypted copies of those files, whereas the originals are deleted right after. You will notice that all these files will have the same extension now \u2013 that of Rooe. And this will ensure that no program can be used to open them. And as soon as the encryption process comes to an end, the virus typically posts a \u2018ransom\u2019 note on the desktop of the infected computer. There the user is informed about the malicious process that has taken place and is usually threatened to pay up before a certain deadline in order to receive the decryption key that you need so as to regain access to the encrypted files. But now for the fun part. All of this can take place over the course of up to several hours. And even if you have a high-quality antivirus program installed on your machine, most times it will be completely powerless to do anything about the ransomware. This is because most security software doesn\u2019t detect encryption as a bad thing. In fact, it\u2019s not a bad thing at all and we actually rely on encryption in our daily lives as a means of having our sensitive information protected from prying eyes. Otherwise, we wouldn\u2019t be able to do our shopping on e-commerce platforms or use handy things like online banking. But cybercriminals have found a way to use to for evil and here we are today \u2013 at their mercy. However, it doesn\u2019t have to be like that and we do have the power to take their power away. More on that in the next part. The Rooe file distribution By knowing how the Rooe file distribution works, users can learn to protect their computers more effectively. There are several Rooe file distribution channels, but one of the most common is spam messages. Namely, the virus can be embedded in an attachment or a link that you are asked to open under whatever pretext. Alternatively, the message may contain a Trojan horse, which will then download the ransomware on your computer. For this reason, we recommend ransomware victims always scan their system for Trojans after they\u2019ve successfully removed the ransomware. In addition, malware of this type is often commonly distributed via malvertisements. These are online ads that have been injected with malware and a simple click on one of these is all it takes to land in infection. And last but not least, you may have landed Rooe from within some cracked piece of software or other pirated content that you downloaded from some sketchy website. In all of these cases, you can see how important it is to be mindful of the type of content you interact with online. Always pay close attention to any incoming messages, whether it\u2019s emails or on social media, and don\u2019t open any links or attached files, unless you\u2019re certain they\u2019re safe. Also, be careful not to venture on any suspicious or potentially compromised web locations of your own accord. Try to avoid torrent sites and similar platforms, for example. But here\u2019s our more important tip. Always back up your most important data and keep copies on a separate drive that is not constantly attached to your computer or any network. A cloud service can work, too. That way, even if you do get attacked by ransomware, it will be powerless and the hackers won\u2019t be able to blackmail you. \u00a0 Remove Rooe 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 Rooe 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!