.Work Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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

Ransomware viruses are exceptionally dangerous and over time they have only become more widespread and more sophisticated. One of the latest additions to this malicious software category is a virus called .Work Rasnomware. Like most other ransomware viruses, .Work encrypts the files of its victims with a very complex double key, making those files completely inaccessible. And if you’ve already suffered through this, you know that it also makes sure the victims know what happened to their files by means of a ransom note. This is usually placed in all folders containing encrypted files and even on the computer desktop. And normally these notes contain information about how the affected users can regain access to their data again. As the name of this malware would suggest, this can be done by means of paying a certain amount in ransom. Detailed instructions on how to make the payment and in what timeframes are usually also placed in the ransom notes, to give users a sense of urgency and panic them into not thinking straight. Luckily, we have an alternative solution for you that might just work, and it’s located in the removal guide below. But before you head over to it, let us first tell you more about .Work and the virus category it belongs to.

.Work File Ransomware

What to know about Ransomware

Besides being one of the fastest growing malware groups, ransomware is also one of the most cunning. Thanks to its evil deeds, private persons, businesses and even entire organizations can be robbed of valuable information. In this case, many victims don’t hesitate to pay the amount the hackers want them to. But this isn’t always an effective way of solving the problem. Not to mention that funding cybercriminals is hardly solving anything – it’s only adding fuel to an already blazing fire. But on a more practical and perhaps down to earth note, you should know that these hackers being dishonest people and all (breaking into your computer, taking your files hostage, extorting money – the usual) shouldn’t really be trusted to actually keep their end of the deal and send you a decryption key.

.Work 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).



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. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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:

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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.


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:


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.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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!


How to Decrypt .Work 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!

As a matter of fact, there are numerous users who were burnt this way and only wasted their money with nothing to show for it as a result. Others did indeed receive a decryption key, as promised, but it did nothing to actually decipher the files and grant the victims access to them. This is because there could have been even just a slight error in the code – programming is tricky business, after all. So, it’s always best to seek other alternatives first and see what you can accomplish on your own when it comes to fighting infections like the one caused by .Work. For this reason we’re offering you an effective way to first and foremost have the virus removed from your computer. This is something you should undertake anyway, no matter what you decide to do about your files. Unless you remove .Work, you will risk getting other data encrypted or potentially losing whatever files you manage to retrieve.

Another thing that our removal guide will walk you through is how you can recover your files from system backups. Of course, if you have copies of your data on another computer or device – use those. But if you don’t, you can try to restore them from your system, which is what the guide will show you how to do. However, this may or may not be effective, depending on each specific case. Other options for file restoration include contacting a specialist, dealing particularly with ransomware like .Work. Furthermore, you can also refer to our list of decryptor tools, as well.

This goes to show how important it is in this day and age to back your files up and always have copies stored away someplace safe, preferably that is not connected to the computer or even the internet for that matter. You can start doing this from now on and, thus, render any potential ransomware attack from now on completely harmless. But aside from that we would recommend reassessing your browsing habits and making a better effort to stay away from potential malware sources, such as spam emails and sketchy web locations.


Name .Work
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

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