We usually fill our computers with all sorts of interesting and important data. From some good work ideas, projects, valuable researches and information to funny photos, dear memories with friends and family, music collections, movies and whatnot. However, how often do we remember to back these “treasures” up? Unfortunately, not very often. A group of hackers has found a way to take advantage of this omission and has developed a whole criminal scheme, which is specialized in taking your data hostage and blackmailing you. In the basis of this scheme lies a malicious software known as Ransomware and in the next lines, we are going to discuss one of its latest representatives. The name of the threat that we are going to reveal is Fast_Decrypt_and_Protect@Tutanota.com Ransomware and if you have recently have been deprived of accessing your files and have been asked to pay a certain amount of money (probably in Bitcoins) to access them, then you have probably been attacked by this cryptovirus. This is one of the nastiest online threats nowadays, but don’t get panicked because, on this page, you will find a removal guide, which can help you remove it! We will also give you some instructions that may possibly help you save some of your files from the malicious encryption but to do that, you need to gain some good understanding about the Ransomware in general and its typical behavioral traits.
Fast_Decrypt_and_Protect@Tutanota.com Ransomware – designed to encrypt your files and blackmail you.
Fast_Decrypt_and_Protect@Tutanota.com Ransomware is an infection, which can severely disturb your normal activity. This threat is a Ransomware cryptovirus which uses a very complex encryption algorithm to render all of your data inaccessible and then ruthlessly blackmail you to pay for a decryption key. Unfortunately, this malware is part of a tricky illegal scheme which generates enormous profits for the criminals, who stand behind it, because the users, who don’t know how to counteract the attack, often act impulsively and submit to the hackers demands out of fear. This way, they directly encourage the development of this harmful practice, by giving their money to the criminals and helping them to become richer. Unfortunately, not much can be done to reverse the consequences of the attack and even the ransom payment cannot guarantee the recovery of your encrypted files.
Where the Ransomware usually lurks and how can it manipulate you?
The constant evolution of the Ransomware results in more sophisticated threats like Fast_Decrypt_and_Protect@Tutanota.com Ransomware, which use advanced methods to infect the users without any visible symptoms. Such threats can easily compromise you if you happen to click on some well-camouflaged transmitter such as a spam message, an email with an infected attachment, a misleading link or ad, a virus-inflicted web page, a torrent or some other shady installer. Without the protection of proper antivirus software, the contamination may happen even through a Trojan horse, which can exploit a vulnerability in your system and secretly deliver the Ransomware.
Once it finds its way inside the machine, Fast_Decrypt_and_Protect@Tutanota.com Ransomware immediately starts to scan it for a list of targeted files and encrypt each and every one of them with its complex algorithm. The malware can even change the file extensions of the encrypted data, just to make sure it can’t be recognized or opened by any program. Unfortunately, the victims won’t suspect anything until a shocking ransom note appears on their screen, revealing the consequences of the malicious infection. If you attempt to open any of your files, a simple error message will deny your access. Beware, though, of manipulations and don’t trust the criminals! It is not excluded that the hackers may pretend to be some legal authorities. They may place a ransom note which claims that you have broken some regulations which led to the encryption of your data. Then, they may ask you to pay a “fine” but you should not get fooled! This is one of the many manipulative scenarios, which the criminals use to make you pay the ransom. You can easily reveal the lie when they ask you to pay in Bitcoins, which is a special untraceable online currency that helps them to hide their traces from the real authorities.
How to deal with the infection and its consequences?
Paying the ransom is the least advisable course of action by a number of reasons. Not only can you get fooled and lose your money without being able to save any of your files, but keeping malware like Fast_Decrypt_and_Protect@Tutanota.com Ransomware on your system creates a serious vulnerability for other infections to take place. That’s why it is much more advisable to remove the Ransomware and clean your machine from its traces. This is a tricky but not impossible task and if you closely follow the instructions in the removal guide below, you will be able to do it on your own. Unfortunately, the removal of the infection may not release your files from the encryption, but if you have system backups or copies that you keep somewhere on an external drive, another machine or a cloud, you can use them to safely restore them. If you don’t have any sources from where you can get your files, give our file-restoration steps a try. They may potentially help you minimize your data loss if not completely alleviate it.
Fast_Decrypt_and_Protect@Tutanota.com Ransomware Removal
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.