Would you like to learn how to deal with .Aleta Ransomware? Then the information on this page may be exactly what you are looking for. .Aleta is a very malicious Ransomware cryptovirus that encrypts files and also has the ability to chance their extensions so that no program or other software can recognize and open them.
This malware usually targets images, videos, documents, and other important files that are kept on the infected computer and turns them into unreadable pieces of data in order to blackmail the users to access them again. This is a very popular criminal scheme, which is causing serious issues for online users around the world. In the next lines, we will tell you more about it and the possible methods to counteract the .Aleta attack, so stay with us and make sure you carefully read all the information that follows.
Methods of distribution of .Aleta
.Aleta is distributed mostly through spam emails, but it is not excluded that you can catch it also from other malicious transmitters such as torrents, infected web pages, fake ads, misleading links, shady installers or Trojan horse infections. That’s why it is a good idea to be careful when you interact with dubious online content or when opening emails. Make sure you know the sender personally and do not hurry to click on links or plugins that encourage you to install them. We also advise you to avoid suspicious file sharing sites, pirate content and sketchy web locations. Generally, you should never download software from suspicious sites, and you should read the comments of other people who have downloaded the desired installer. Even legitimate programs may contain malicious components, but only if you download these programs from malicious phishing sites. Considering how Ransomware is distributed, you can do your best to avoid it, but even the most attentive users may still become victims of a Ransomware attack at some point. That’s why we highly recommend backing up your most important data, updating computer programs regularly, and installing reliable anti-malware software.
The blackmail scheme…
When .Aleta infects you and applies its encryption to the targeted files, it creates a ransom note on the desktop, as well as in the folders, containing the encrypted files. The note warns the victim that the files are “secured” and there is no other way to access them again unless a special decryption key is applied. That decryption key, however, is kept in secret by the hackers, who control the Ransomware, and they usually use various manipulative methods to blackmail people to pay as soon as possible. The criminals may say that you need to pay a certain amount of money (Bitcoins) and strictly fulfill the instructions in the ransom message, otherwise, you will never be able to access your data again.
The ransom notice may also contain some conditions and instructions such as a strict deadline for the victims to contact the hackers or else they will delete the decryption key from their servers, which will make the data recovery impossible. The fraudsters may even offer to test of the decryptor by allowing the victims to unlock one or two files of their choice for free. This, however, is only a trick, which does not guarantee that the rest of the files will be successfully decrypted. In most of the cases, the hackers stop communicating with the victims when they receive the ransom payment and simply vanish without sending the promised decryption key. For this reason, the victims of this notorious infection are advised not to pay any ransom. If they want to continue to use their machine, is it much better simply to remove the virus as soon as possible and to try to recover the files from backups or some other alternative file-recovery solutions instead of making the hackers rich. The Ransomware can be removed, and in the guide below we have given you detailed manual instructions as well as a professional malware removal tool for that.
The best way to remove .Aleta and recover your files
If you are wondering which is the best way to remove this Ransomware we would advise you to automatically remove it with the help of the special .Aleta removal tool. Of course, if you are a bit tech savvy, you can also use the manual instructions below and delete the related Ransomware files on your own. However, do not expect that by getting rid of the infection, everything will go back to normal. Unfortunately, the encrypted files may remain inaccessible and to recover them, you may need to use your file backups or copies from external drives or some other non-infected devices. If you don’t have any backups, you can try out our file restoration instructions or contact a professional for additional assistance.
Prior to starting to execute the steps from the guide, we advise you to either bookmark this page or open it on a separate device since throughout the process of completing the guide, you might need to exit your browser.
1: Using Safe Mode
Before beginning to troubleshoot the issue, you are advised to enter Safe Mode on your PC. If you do not know how to do that, use this guide on how to enter Safe Mode.
2: Spotting the process
Open your Task Manager using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination. Next, go to the processes tab and carefully look through the list for any shady entries. Usually, malicious processes will be consuming large amounts of CPU and RAM and will either have no description or will have a suspicious-looking one.
Once you identify the virus’ process, right-click on it and select Open File Location. Delete everything in the folder that opens if you are sure that the process was malicious. If you are not sure, contact us in the comments.
Go back to the Task Manager and end the potentially harmful process.
3: Hosts file IP’s
Go to your start menu and in the search field, paste the following address: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts. Select the first result and look at the bottom of the newly opened notepad file. See if there are any IP’s below “Localhost” and tell us in the comments if there were any IP addresses.
4: System Configuration Startup Programs
Type System Configuration in the Windows search bar and open the first result. Go to the Startup tab and take a look at the list of startup programs (on Windows 10, the Startup programs can be seen in the Startup Section of the Task Manager). If any of them look shady or have unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer with a sketchy name, uncheck those entries and click on OK.
Open the Run window (WinKey + R), type regedit and press Enter. Once the Registry Editor opens, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus. Select Find Next and delete whatever gets found that has the virus’ name. Do that with all search results.
6: Deleting potential virus files
Open the Start Menu and separately type each of the following locations: %AppData% %LocalAppData% %ProgramData% %WinDir% %Temp% . Open each of those folders and sort their contents by date. Delete the most recent files and folders. When you open the Temp folder, delete everything in it.