If you have been infected by a ransomware virus called Ykcol Virus and it has encrypted the files on your computer, we may be able to provide a working solution for this issue. Ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly common and more and more users are forced to deal with the often terrible consequences of these attacks.
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A virus like this can easily rob you of your most important data, render valuable memories, projects and work lost forever, and even destroy lives and businesses. We have created this article to explain exactly how in today’s world, where security, laws and regulations have reached a high that’s never been seen before, there can still be room for such disastrous threats as ransomware. In addition, we will also provide the victims of Ykcol Virus with a detailed, step-by-step removal guide, just below the following article. You can use it to locate the virus and remove it from your system. And in it you will also find instructions that are designed to help restore your encrypted files from system backups. We can’t promise that this will necessarily be able to work in all instances of such infections, but we do encourage you to try.
Why and how ransomware has become such a huge threat
Ransomware like Ykcol Virus is an ever evolving cyber threat that’s becoming more and sophisticated with each passing day. This, and the fact that ransomware is also an amazingly profitable blackmail scheme is why viruses like these are on the rise today. Millions of new variants are released each year and millions more are made in profit from ransom payments. That is why we often suggest that users try everything in their power to avoid paying money to criminals. Not only does that feed this terrible, illegal scheme, but it also ensures that the hackers don’t get caught. In most cases, they tend to request the ransom be paid in bitcoins or some other cyber currency, which ensures their anonymity, making them near impossible for the authorities to catch. In addition, complying with the ransom demands does not guarantee that you will regain access to the encrypted files either. Unfortunately, many victims have been duped this way and persuaded to send their money, but were never sent anything in return. Besides, even receiving the decryption key that is necessary to decrypt your files and once again be able to use them doesn’t necessarily mean that that’s how it’s all going to happen. Being such a delicate and tricky thing, the encryption can’t always be cracked with the help of the key the hackers send you. There can be a mistake in the code, even the smallest discrepancy could make the whole decryption process nothing more than a waste of time.
So, what options does one have, once put in a situation like this? How can you possibly expect to deal with the consequences of Ykcol Virus, if even the solutions offered by the people responsible for your troubles in the first place can’t fix them? Unfortunately, you might have to get used to the thought that some or all of your files may end up sealed forever. This is why these viruses have proven to be as devastating as they are. But giving up hope just yet would be too early. You still have options.
One of them is to remove the virus and try and restore your data from system backups. As pointed out earlier in this article, you can do that with the help of the below guide. We stress the importance of removing Ykcol Virus from your system, because allowing it to remain there could result in further unpleasant consequences. If the restoration techniques do not succeed in your particular case, you can also try to use a special decryptor tool designed to try and crack the code. A number of security companies develop these and you can find a list of decryptor tools on our website. In addition, you can also try and contact a specialist in ransomware decryptions, who might be able to help you recover your files. But whatever you do, paying the ransom money ought to be your last resort and only considered if you have truly exhausted all your alternatives.
Ykcol Virus 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.