.test Ransomware Virus Removal (+File Recovery) Dec. 2017 Update

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This page aims to help you remove .test Ransomware Virus for free. Our instructions also cover how any .test file can be recovered.

The page that you landed on is all dedicated to one new harmful virus, which falls under the Ransomware category. The name of the threat is .test – a tricky cryptovirus, which has already had its first victims attacked with its complex file encryption. Once all the files become inaccessible, a ransom notice gets displayed on the screen, insisting on a ransom payment, otherwise, the encrypted documents would never get released from the grasp of the algorithm that keeps them locked.

If you are one of the victims of .test Ransomware, it is of utmost importance to understand the capabilities of this Ransomware and all the possible methods to eliminate it and counteract its harmful effects. The purpose of the current article is to help you remove the infection via a manual removal guide as well as with the assistance of a professional removal tool. In the text below, you will also find some file-restoration instructions, which are designed to help you save some of your data from the malicious encryption once you have removed the infection. It is known that Ransomware threats such as .test use highly advanced encryption algorithms to prevent the users from accessing their files. That’s why we cannot guarantee you a 100% of recovery. Despite that, we believe that sponsoring the hackers by paying the ransom they request in any way can guarantee you a better chance for recovery. That’s why we suggest you try the alternative below and do not sponsor the Ransomware blackmail scheme.

.test Ransomware

The complexity of the .test encryption

What turns Ransomware into a great threat to your system is the special method that it uses in order to cause harm. Unlike other viruses, this malware does not corrupt or delete your data or destroy your OS. Instead, it uses a sophisticated code, which secretly encrypts your most frequently used files such as images, documents, archives, audio or video files, etc. Once encrypted, these files are converted into a complex algorithm of symbols and their file extension may be changed. You basically cannot open or use them after that, unless you use a special decryption key, which the hackers keep secret.

.test Ransomware Virus Removal


 

Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

malware-start-taskbar

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If 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.

Step3

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file 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:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

msconfig_opt

Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

Search for the ransomware  in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

Step5 

How to Decrypt .test 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 anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

The fact that the encryption process is not harmful to the system makes it also very challenging for the antivirus programs to detect it and stop it on time. This automatically turns Ransomware threats into undetectable pieces of malware, which most of the convenient security tools cannot prevent and catch. Most of the victims usually get notified about the infection by the malware itself, because when it finishes with the encoding, it automatically places a ransom note on their screen. There, the hackers place their ransom demands and provide the user with strict instructions and short deadlines. The crooks usually offer a decryption key in exchange for Bitcoin payment. However, such a trade has no guarantee and you are the one who has to take the risk of losing your money without knowing whether you will get a decryption solution for your files or not.

Dealing with .test – the alternatives

Ransomware viruses like .test Ransomware are so incredibly difficult to handle mostly because even after they are removed from the computer, the encryption code, used to lock the users’ data, usually does not get removed. It remains on the files so, in most of the cases, they are not accessible even if the virus has been successfully eliminated from the system. Despite that, it is still important to eliminate the malware if you want to try some alternative file-restoration methods. Otherwise, you risk anything that gets recovered getting encrypted again if the Ransomware is still on the computer. For this reason, we suggest you carefully proceed to the removal guide below and make use of its instructions. Only then should you follow the file-restoration steps suggested below, or connect your data backup sources.

Protecting your PC for the future

Ransomware is recently acting like a real invader. The number of its victims is growing rapidly, and the hackers come up with newer and much more sophisticated versions and methods of infection. That’s why knowing how to protect your PC is now more important than ever. To decrease the risk of unknowingly bumping into a potential transmitter, you should first be very careful when surfing the web space. Using unreliable software, clicking on various sketchy ads and intrusive pop-ups, opening spam messages and email attachments or installing some suggested pop-up updates may expose your system to a great risk with just one click. A good antivirus is your friend and can help you keep away potential infections, but you should not rely on it only. To avoid potential data loss due to eventual Ransomware attack, keep a backup of your most important files on another device. This way, even if a cryptovirus like .test infects you, you can easily restore it anytime and avoid the ransom payment.

SUMMARY:

Name .test
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by 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 Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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