.Jaff Virus File is a malicious piece of software/computer virus that falls under the infamous Ransomware category. Viruses of this type are capable of blackmailing their victims by locking their personal data or their whole computer and demanding a ransom payment if the user wants to bring things back to normal. The method used by .Jaff Virus File in order to render the user’s personal files inaccessible is what is known as encryption. Once the malicious program gets inside the PC, it encrypts the user’s personal files and the only way to open them after that is to have a specific encryption key. Normally, once all targeted data has been locked by the Ransomware, a message is displayed on the PC screen which contains detailed instructions on exactly how to make the money transfer. In most cases, the ransom is demanded in the form of bitcoins which the user first needs to purchase and then send to the hacker. This allows the latter to remain fully anonymous. Because of that, seldom do hackers who use Ransomware get caught and brought to justice – something you should keep in mind. Here, we will attempt to acquaint our users with the most characteristic traits of .Jaff Virus File and Ransomware viruses in general so that they are able to provide their computers and files with better protection against this type of malicious software. As for those of you, who have already had their system invaded by .Jaff Virus File and their files locked by its encryption code, we have prepared a free Ransomware removal guide that you can find down below. Apart from instructions about how to get rid of the virus, the guide also has section with methods on how you can potentially restore your files. However, do note that the file decryption/restoration steps might not always work due to the fact that with each newer version, Ransomware viruses that use encryption are getting more and more advanced making it increasingly difficult to deal with them and .Jaff Virus File is one of the latest of its type.
Versions of Ransomware
Not all Ransomware viruses use the same method in order to blackmail their victims. For instance, there is a type of Ransomware that, instead of locking the user files one by one, directly blocks the access to the computer by covering its screen with a large banner or image, which prevents the user from interacting with their PC. Its a simple but effective method since the said banner/image would cover everything else – programs, files, folders, the Task Manager and the Start Menu would all get covered by the intrusive image which would remain there either until the ransom is paid or the user finds a way to get rid of the virus.
The other most widely-spread variation of Ransomware is the so-called cryptovirus, which is also what .Jaff Virus File is. Normally, this type is more advanced than the non-encrypting Ransomware. One of the major issues with cryptoviruses is the fact that removing the infection would not restore the access to files that have already been encrypted by the nasty malware. Decryption/file restoration is actually the most difficult part when it comes to handling a Ransomware infection. Leakware is yet another form of Ransomware which, instead of denying the user access to their data, threatens to upload the files on some illegal website where they’d be publicly available. Though this too could be extremely unpleasant, it should be said that Leakware attacks would only be effective if the PC’s user actually has sensitive data stored on their hard-drive. This is also why instances of Leakware infections are not as common as attacks from cryptoviruses or non-encrypting Ransomware.
Why it’s difficult to detect Ransomware
Usually, antivirus programs are effective when it comes to detecting most types of malware. However, when talking about Ransomware, this isn’t really the case. If .Jaff Virus File gets inside your PC, even if you have a good security program, there’s still a high chance that it will not be able to spot the virus. The reason for that has to do with the fact that the encryption process used by the malware is not actually something inherently malicious. Encryption is actually a popular data-protection technique and even if Ransomware uses it against it, most antivirus programs would not be triggered by it. In addition to that, most of the time, the symptoms caused by a Ransomware infection will be very subtle and difficult to notice. Some potential signs that can help you spot the virus are increased consumption of computer resources such as RAM, CPU time and hard-disk storage space. However, sometimes the encryption would happen way too quickly for the user to realistically have enough time to notice the virus and try to intercept it.
Ways to keep your PC safe
You must make sure that from now on your computer and files are well protected against any potential Ransomware attacks. For that reason, in this final paragraph we have prepared a couple of crucial tips and rules that will significantly increase the overall security of your system when applied correctly.
- Try avoiding web addresses that look suspicious when surfing the internet. Each time you visit some sketchy and potentially illegal site you are exposing your computer to potential danger.
- Do not trust and interact with the contents of new e-mails or social network messages that look like spam unless you are completely sure that they are safe.
- Keep your PC’s firewall on and your antivirus enabled and fully updated at all times. This could help you protect your machine against Trojan horses that can potentially be used as a backdoor into your PC for Ransomware.
- Back up all important data that is stored on your computer on a separate device and if you think that your PC has been infected by Ransomware, do not try any last-minute backup updates by attaching the backup device to the PC since it could get infected as well.
.Jaff Virus File 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.