Ykcol File Virus Ransomware Removal +File Recovery (Oct. 2017 Update)

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 Ykcol Virus Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any Ykcol Virus file can be recovered.

If you’ve switched on your computer recently to find a rather disturbing note on the screen, which wasn’t there before, saying that your files have been encrypted by Ykcol Virus ransomware and you’re now required to pay someone money – don’t go away. Your PC has been infected by what is considered to be the worst form of malware in existence. Ransomware viruses, though they’ve been around for the better part of three decades, have grown enormously popular over recent years. On the one hand, they’re immensely profitable for hackers and cybercriminals due to the blackmail scheme that they essentially execute. And on the other hand, they’ve also become very advanced – so much so, that cyber security experts and legal authorities are having a really hard time keeping up. This article is dedicated to shedding some more light on the mystery that is ransomware and Ykcol Virus in particular. But we would also like to provide its victims with a working solution to this problem. So, below you will find a detailed removal guide that will help you locate and get rid of the virus. In addition, there are instructions in the same guide that might be able to assist you in restoring the files that Ykcol Virus has encrypted.

Ykcol Ransomware

Ykcol Virus Ransomware

What does Ykcol Virus actually do?

Once it’s made its way on your computer, a ransomware virus will typically begin to scan it for target file types. These can be anything from images and video or audio files to documents, executables and even system files. And after that’s all done, the virus will then proceed to begin creating encrypted copies of each and every one of the files it’s found. As it does that, it will also delete the original file, so that the victim is left with only the encrypted copy, which you cannot access with any program or open in any way. Then, finally after this long, tedious process is finally over, a ransom note appears on the screen to extort money from you and in exchange for that money offer to send you the secret decryption key, which you need to regain access to your data again.

Sometimes, this process can actually take up so much of your computer’s resources due to it either not having much processing power or there simply being an immense amount of data stored on it, that your PC will essentially become very sluggish. In some cases, users are able to recognize this as a symptom of something wrong going on. So, if they act on it and check their Task Manager, they will surely notice an unfamiliar process consuming the most CPU time and RAM. This process is Ykcol Virus or another ransomware variant and that point all you can do is shut down your computer immediately. After this you will need to contact a specialist and under no circumstances switch the machine back on, until you’ve done so.

Ykcol Virus 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 Ykcol Virus files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

But as this is hardly ever the case, most victims are left with the need to resolve the problem already after they’ve been presented with it. And there are, unfortunately, not too many options for that. We would advise you to see to the removal of Ykcol Virus once you’re done reading here. Because no matter what route you take after that, you would still like to prevent any more files from getting encrypted and potentially also getting infected by other malware. As pointed out, you can do that with the help of the removal guide we have attached below. After that you can try to follow the steps designed to recover your files. We cannot promise you, however, that these steps will necessarily work in each and every case of infection. The reason for that is that each case is different and sometimes, unfortunately, a full recovery may not be possible.

You can also try using one of the decryptor tools listed on our website. They are designed to crack the encryption codes for different ransomware variants, so perhaps you will be able to find one that was specifically developed for Ykcol Virus. All in all, we would simply just recommend that you exhaust all your alternative options to paying the ransom before actually resorting to really paying it.


Name Ykcol
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

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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!


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