Ransomware is an extremely dangerous kind of malware and more and more viruses of this type are being developed with every passing day. Antivirus protection against Ransomware is generally underdeveloped and needs a lot of improvement. This leaves most users vulnerable to potential Ransomware attacks. Here, we will attempt to help our readers handle such threats in the future by giving them some important information concerning how typical Ransomware works, what it symptoms are, how it is distributed and how you can potentially deal with the virus if it has already gotten into your system
Since the Ransomware known as [email protected] is one of the newest of its type, we will be focusing on it. Similarly to its predecessors, once [email protected] invades your machine, it tries to lock all your files by using a method called encryption. The employment of encryption by Ransomware viruses is in fact the main reason why the majority of security programs are not able to detect and neutralize the threat. Note that encryption processes are not actually harmful when used normally. Encryption is a very common and popular data protection method that makes the encrypted files inaccessible to anyone except for their owner (or the person who holds the encryption key). Unfortunately, in the case of Ransomware attacks, the owner of the files and the holder of the encryption key are two different individuals. However, since encryption is not actually regarded as inherently dangerous to anything on your PC, your antivirus is highly likely to ignore the process and allow it to be completed. This is how Ransomware viruses basically work – when they have completed their malicious purpose, you will be given a choice: pay the ransom and get the encryption key or do not pay anything and have your files locked from you forever. We believe that neither of those two options is acceptable and therefore, we have tried to give our readers a third possible course of action. Down below this article, you can find a removal guide for [email protected], which might also help you restore the access to your documents. However, we ought to tell you that we cannot guarantee that it would be effective for every Ransomware victim that tries to use it.
What about the symptoms?
Just as most other viruses, [email protected] and Ransomware in general have their symptoms. They are difficult to spot and oftentimes remain unnoticed but this does not mean that a vigilant and observant user will not be able to spot the malicious malware before it is too late. Most of the signs of a Ransomware infection can be observed during the encryption process and are caused by it. Usually, the most common and noticeable symptoms are big memory and CPU spikes in your Task Manager and an increase of the used free hard drive space. The more used storage space is caused due to the fact that instead of directly placing the encryption on your original files, the Ransomware actually copies them and the copies that it has made are the encrypted files that you end up with. During this time, the change in your free HDD space can be noticed. However, after all targeted files are copied into encrypted copies, the original data is deleted so that the task of the virus is finished.
What about the ransom payment?
Unfortunately, a lot of users comply to the terms of the cyber-criminals and pay the ransom that is demanded. We believe this to be a very risky course of action since the hacker might decide not to send you the encryption key and that way you might have simply wasted your money for nothing. Additionally, paying the ransom is guaranteed to further encourage the blackmailer to do the same thing over and over again, terrorizing more and more users with the nasty Ransomware virus. Our suggestion for you, as we already mentioned, is to try using our guide and see of that helps you since it is one of the few actually valuable options that you currently have.
How to protect your PC
This is one of the most important things that you need to learn today. Keep in mind that Ransomware viruses are only getting more malicious and dangerous with each new version – the only way to deal with them is to make sure they stay away from your system.
- Make sure your files have been backed up. This is the one most important thing when it comes to fighting Ransomware.
- It’s always helpful to have a reliable anti-virus/anti-malware program. Those can keep away backdoor malware which is very commonly used for providing Ransomware viruses with free passage into the user’s system.
- Be very careful when you go online. Malicious spam messages and shady websites with downloadable content or harmful ads some of the most widely spread methods of distributing Ransomware.
- Make sure that none of your browsers is allowed to automatically download data onto your system. Go to the settings of your browsers and see if the automatic downloads setting is enabled. If it is, be sure to disable it.
|Danger Level||High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)|
|Symptoms||If Ransomware is encrypting your files, the symptoms would usually be increased HDD space usage along with CPU and RAM spikes in your Task Manager.|
|Distribution Method||Most hackers who use Ransomware, tend distribute the virus through harmful and shady sketchy sites and pages as well as via malicious online spam and with the help of Trojan viruses.|
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[email protected] File Ransomware Removal
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).
This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove [email protected] successfully!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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:
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.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once 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:
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!
How to Decrypt [email protected] files
We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.
If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!