“Your documents photos databases and other important files have been encrypted” Virus Removal


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This page aims to help you remove “Your documents photos databases and other important files have been encrypted” Virus for free. Our instructions also cover how any “Your documents photos databases and other important files have been encrypted” Virus file can be recovered.

Ransomware is a type of malicious program/PC virus that either locks the user’s personal files using an advanced encryption code or their whole PC, making it inaccessible. Once the malware does that, it then blackmails its victim to pay a certain amount of money as ransom if the latter is to regain access to their data or computer. Currently, this type of virus is one of the most problematic and malicious types of malware that one can encounter. It is known to attack both personal computers of regular users as well as whole PC networks of big companies.

Our goal

The success of Ransomware attacks relies on intimidation, misinformation and the urgency of having the access to the computers/files restored. Here, we will do our best to teach you more about this particular type of malware so that you know how you can potentially handle such a threat, should you ever face the need to. Our focus will be on “Your documents photos databases and other important files have been encrypted” Virus, which is one of the newest viruses of the file encrypting Ransomware type. After we explain to you what its main characteristics are and how you can avoid getting your machine infected by it, we will show you a removal guide that also has a step devoted to restoring the access to the files. However, we ought to mention that the guide’s effectiveness depends on a lot of factors and we cannot give any guarantee that it will be one hundred percent successful in all instances of Ransomware attacks. Nonetheless, we strongly advise you to try that first before you opt for anything else. Remember, paying the ransom is normally considered a very bad idea, since there’s always the risk of sending the money without actually receiving a code that would allow you to restore the access to your files.

Encrypting and non-encrypting Ransomware

Before we go any further, we first need to give you a general idea about the two main types of Ransomware viruses and explain the differences between them. The first type is Ransomware that directly denies access to the computer by covering its screen with a big banner/image that cannot be removed by any conventional means (no X/Close button, Alt+F4 doesn’t work, etc.). The obstructive banner covers everything, thus making it impossible to use the computer. If faced with such malware, know that as soon as you get rid of the virus, the banner would go away. This makes it much easier to handle such a virus as long as you know what you are doing.

The second main class of Ransomware is the one that uses encryption and goes for the user’s personal data. This type of malware also known as a cryptovirus is the more advanced of the two – the encryption codes that newer cryptoviruses use are very advanced, which makes unlocking the files that more difficult. The worst part is that even if the malware gets removed, the files that have been locked by it would remain that way regardless of the virus’ absence. Nevertheless, getting rid of the infection is the first step towards regaining access to the encrypted data, which is why this would be the focus of the first part of our guide.

Can Ransomware be spotted?

It is actually quite challenging to detect a Ransomware virus such as “Your documents photos databases and other important files have been encrypted” Virus. The reason for that is the fact that even if you have some form of anti-malware detection on you PC, it might fail to spot Ransomware due to the fact that these viruses normally do not cause any real damage. Regardless of whether you are dealing with an encrypting virus like “Your documents photos databases and other important files have been encrypted” Virus or a non-encrypting one, there’s usually nothing to trigger a security warning since no actual harm is done to your system or files. In addition to that, the symptoms of Ransomware are oftentimes way too subtle to be noticed. Nonetheless, being on the lookout for any strange PC behavior such as unexpected RAM and CPU spikes and system slow-down might help you spot the infection before it is too late. Another symptom that is very typical for cryptoviruses in particular is the increased usage of HDD space, which is present only during the encryption period. Should you notice any of that, we advise you to fully shut down the computer and have it taken to an IT specialist.

Tips for defending your PC against Ransomware

There are many ways to improve the security of your computer and decrease the chances of ever landing “Your documents photos databases and other important files have been encrypted” Virus or any other piece of malware. Here are a couple of tips that we have prepared for you in order to help you in the fight against Ransomware.

  • Staying away from sites that might have hazardous content is an obvious, yet greatly overlooked rule for keeping your PC safe. Do not ignore this tip if you want to prevent malware like “Your documents photos databases and other important files have been encrypted” Virus from infecting your computer.
  • When it comes to Ransomware distribution, know that oftentimes spam e-mails and malicious Skype or Facebook messages might be used to spread this type of virus. Be on your guard for anything that might resemble spam, so that you know to stay away from it.
  • Another increasingly common method for spreading Ransomware is the use of Trojan horses that serve as a backdoor into the user’s computer. Having your machine equipped with a high-quality anti-malware program can significantly increase your system’s protection against Trojans.
  • Backing-up your data is probably one of the best piece of advice that we can give you when it comes to fighting Ransomware. If you have a safe backup copy of all your valuable files, all you’d need to do is remove the virus without the need to actually seek a way to restore the access to the locked files that are on your PC.

 

SUMMARY:

Name “Your documents photos databases and other important files have been encrypted”
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Typical Ransomware symptoms are big RAM and CPU spikes that might cause a system slow-down as well as an increase in the free hard drive space that is being used.
Distribution Method Harmful e-mails as well as other forms of spam, misleading and malicious ads and banners within shady sites, Trojan horses, etc.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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.

Remove “Your documents photos databases and other important files have been encrypted” Virus


 

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. 

>> Click to Download Spyhunter. If you don't want this software, continue with the guide below.

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

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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Scan Results


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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.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

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

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 “Your documents photos databases and other important files have been encrypted” Virus 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!