Important for [email protected] Virus victims!
Files, encrypted by [email protected] Virus could not be the only harm done to your computer. [email protected] Virus may still be active on your machine and may spread to other computers on your network. To detect if you are still at risk and eliminate the threat, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.
This article has been created with the main goal to get users to learn more about the recently detected [email protected] Virus file ransomware virus and learn how to remove it and how you can try and restore files.
The [email protected] Virus are files, encrypted by a variant of a very dangerous ransomware strain, whose main goal is to render data on the computers it infects useless. The ransomware virus’s main goal is to get the owner of the infected computer to pay a hefty ransom fee in order to retrieve his or her encrypted files. This ransom fee is usually in BitCoin, but it may be in the form of other cryptocurrencies as well. If your computer has been infected by the [email protected] Virus, we recommend that you read this article thoroughly.
Being a variant of a well-known ransomware family, which exists in relation to a lot of viruses, the [email protected] Virus ransomware has been reported to drop one or more executable files in the %AppData% Windows directory.
After doing so, the [email protected] Virus may modify the Windows registry entries, more specifically the Shell sub-key with the following location:
[email protected] Virus Ransomware serves as a typical file-encoding Trojan. As soon as it gets access to your machine, this cryptomalware will perform a quick scan to find the paths to all of your personal files. The targeted data includes all MS Office documents, your precious photos and videos, your databases, the program files, etc. Only a few files such as the ones related to the core Windows processes may be spared. Once the operation ends, you will notice a threatening lockdown message on your desktop. The cyber criminals give the victims only several days to pay the ransom of Bitcoins, or else they threaten to delete the decryption key. The purpose of this frightening message is to shock the person and make him act irrationally. The victims often feel as the only solution to the issue is to pay the money. In reality, all specialists unanimously recommend not to follow the instructions of the hackers for several different reasons.
[email protected] Virus usually drops a ransom note file with a ransom message and places it somewhere easy to locate. It aims to ask you to pay BitCoin or other crypto so that your files can work once more. Then, the [email protected] Virus virus may attack files with the following file types to encrypt them:
After [email protected] Virus encrypts the files, the virus leaves the files no longer able to be opened and likely appends its own file extenson to them.
The infection process of [email protected] Virus is conducted primarily via spammed e-mails that have deceptive messages embedded within them. Such messages may pretend to be sent from services such as PayPal, UPS, FedEx and others. They may contain attachments that pretend to be invoices and other fake type of files. Other social engineering techniques include:
Fake buttons and pictures as if the e-mails are sent from a social media site, like LinkedIn.
Fraudulent PayPal links.
Links to GoogleDrive and fake e-mails that look the same as if they are sent from Google.
Other infection tools may also include the usage of torrent websites and other third-party sites to upload fake updates, fake installers as well as other fraudulent executables. These executables often pretend to be:
If you want to remove [email protected] Virus, we strongly recommend that you first backup your data, just in case something goes wrong. Then, you can follow the manual or automatic removal instructions below, depending on which type of steps suits you more. If you lack the experience and the confidence that you will remove [email protected] Virus manually, then you should do what most experts would and save yourself some time by downloading and running a scan with an advanced anti-malware software. Such programs are created to quickly identify and remove threats and programs with intrusive behaviour, like [email protected] Virus, plus they also aim to ensure that your system is protected against future intrusions as well.
The main reasons not to pay the ransom are two. First, you may not receive the promised unlocking key even after doing exactly as the hackers demand. They often scam the victims because the Bitcoin platform doesn’t allow refunds and the people have no way to get their money back. The second reason not to finance cyber criminals is that your money will only motivate them to create more aggressive ransomware like [email protected] Virus. On the other hand, if their attacks are in vain, they may stop spamming the web with such malicious Trojans. These parasites require quite some efforts to be created professionally and spread efficiently.
Once you decide not to pay the ransom, there are several other ways that may help you decrypt your personal files. You should begin the attempts by removing all traces of the malware. If you fail to delete [email protected] Virus Ransomware properly, it may decrypt your files once again in the future or spread to other connected devices. The manual removal is not the recommended solution since it requires expert-level knowledge in computers. The most reliable tactic is to use dedicated security software that has added [email protected] Virus Ransomware to its database. Once the scan finishes, you should try some of the programs for restoration of files or the integrated System Restore feature. If you are lucky enough to have a spare copy of your files on some external device, you can import them back to your computer safely.
1) Hold Windows Button and R. In the “Run” box type “regedit” and hit “Enter”.
2) Hold CTRL+F keys and type [email protected] Virus or the file name of the malicious executable of the virus which is usually located in %AppData%, %Temp%, %Local%, %Roaming% or %SystemDrive%. Usually, most viruses tend to set entries with random names in the “Run” and “RunOnce” sub-keys.
3) You can also find the virus’s malicious files by right-clicking on the value and seeing it’s data. After having located malicious registry objects, some of which are usually in the Run and RunOnce subkeys delete them permanently and restart your computer. Here is how to find and delete keys for different versions.
Step 4: Scan for and remove all virus files, related to [email protected] Virus and secure your system.
If you are in Safe Mode, boot back into normal mode and follow the steps below
Method 1:Using Shadow Explorer. In case you have enabled File history on your Windows Machine one thing you can do is to use Shadow Explorer to get your files back. Unfortunately some ransomware viruses may delete those shadow volume copies with an administrative command to prevent you from doing just that.
Method 2: If you try to decrypt your files using third-party decryption tools. There are many antivirus providers who have decrypted multiple ransomware viruses the last couple of years and posted decryptors for them. Chances are if your ransomware virus uses the same encryption code used by a decryptable virus, you may get the files back. However, this is also not a guarantee, so you might want to try this method with copies of the original encrypted files, because if a third-party program tampers with their encrypted structure, they may be damaged permanently. Most of the currently available decryptors for ransomware viruses can be seen if you visit the NoMoreRansom project – a project that is the result of combined efforts of researchers worldwide to create decryption software for all ransomware viruses. Simply go there by clicking on the following LINK and find your ransomware version decrypter and try it, but always remember to do a BACKUP first.
Method 3: Using Data Recovery tools. This method is suggested by multiple experts in the field. It can be used to scan your hard drive’s sectors and hence scramble the encrypted files anew as if they were deleted. Most ransomware viruses usually delete a file and create an encrypted copy to prevent such programs for restoring the files, but not all are this sophisticated. So you may have a chance of restoring some of your files with this method. Here are several data recovery programs which you can try and restore at least some of your files: