This page aims to help you remove Rote for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Rote file can be recovered. Rote Rote is a form of Ransomware that will attempt to encrypt the files stored on a victim's machine and demand a ransom for sending a decryption key. Rote can target large corporations, institutions, and regular web users. Not all Ransomsware versions encrypt your data. Only the cryptoviruses, which Rote is a representative of, can do that. Certain versions of Ransomware can be programmed to lock your device's display. These are the so-called screen-lockers and they too are designed to blackmail you. What we can tell you about them is that they will simply make the screen of your device inaccessible by displaying a huge ransom-demanding banner that will not go away unless a ransom is paid. However, the largest subcategory of Ransomware is the one that consists of file-encryption programs such as Rote. This is also the most aggressive and most troublesome Ransomware subcategory. Below, you will read about the different characteristics of these infections. You will also find some removal instructions attached to this article so you can try to remove Rote by yourself. The Rote virus The Rote virus is a Ransomware variant that encodes personal files and blackmails the victims for a ransom payment. The Rote virus can restrict access to your digital documents and place a ransom-demanding message on your screen. After successfully entering your system, Rote will target specific file formats and attempt to encrypt them all. The encryption method typically goes like this: The Ransomware will create copies of the detected files and will remove the originals. The special thing about these copies is that they are protected with an advanced encryption code that makes them inaccessible. If you want to access them again, you will be asked to pay for a decryption key. The blackmailing is done through a big notification that appears on your screen and provides you with clear instructions on how to pay the demanded sum. The Rote file encryption The Rote file encryption is an advanced code that keeps digital data inaccessible until a ransom is paid. The role of the Rote file encryption is to prevent any program from opening or using the encrypted files. What you should note is that it is extremely difficult to deal with a Ransomware such as Rote. Even security experts may find it hard to handle such a virus and to retrieve the information that has been encrypted by its complex algorithm. Our team, however, has come up with a removal guide that might help you locate and remove Rote from your computer. We have also included a section with file-recovery instructions that are definitely worth your attention if you are looking for alternatives to avoid the ransom payment. Of course, we can't promise that they will work for certain but they will surely do no harm to your machine. Of course, it is best if you have file backups as this is the only guaranteed way to get back all your information.\u00a0 Once you remove Rote, it is very important to ensure that your computer never gets infected with Ransomware again. For that, first invest in reliable security software and then try to stay away from illegal web pages, any type of spam (especially spam emails with shady attachments), as well as from random adverts and fake system requests, as these could also sometimes lead to an infection. SUMMARY: Name Rote 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 Rote 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 Rote 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!