This article discusses a member of the most dangerous malware group, which has ever been developed – Ransomware. The particular program’s name is [email protected] Virus File. More precisely, this virus is identified as file-encrypting ransom-demanding version of malware. Unfortunately, the infection caused by it is among the most terrible threats you can be facing nowadays while browsing the web. Doing so while NOT being careful enough could cost you a complicated encryption of all the files on your computer which you value the most. That’s why we suggest that you continue reading the following text to learn how it is most sensible to try to fight such horrible contamination.
What makes [email protected] Virus File such a hazardous program?
This virus is an exemplary representative of the file-encoding Ransomware. The programs, which are based on such malware, are more than just harmful to your PC. What’s more, they can greatly influence your financial and emotional health and below you can see why:
- Of course, for the purpose of encrypting your files in the end, this program first has to become incorporated into your system. The places where you can catch it are numerous and its main sources are: letters from unknown senders and the suspicious attachments they may contain; also, some fake update notifications may land you such a virus. Among the most popular sources we should also mention the so-called Malvertising (malicious online ads leading to contagious websites or containing malicious scripts); shareware; and contaminated web pages. Immediately after you have come across one of them, an infection can take place automatically, no need for you knowledge or permission.
- Once such a threat has infiltrated your PC, it will start acting in accordance with its preset plan. At first it will try to detect all your storage directories, where you can keep valued data. After that, [email protected] Virus File will try to define which files exactly you are particularly interested in accessing. The next step for this malware will be to assemble a list with all of the files it has determined as essential to you.
- After [email protected] Virus File has already compiled this list, it will begin the process of encryption. That will happen in the following way – all of the files will be blocked one by one.
- As soon as the process of blocking the files has been entirely done, the victim user will get a notification alert. Its purpose is to share all the information about the contamination with the unfortunate user like payment details and deadlines.
Are all Ransomware-like programs similar to one another?
Actually, once upon a time there were even more Ransomware versions and at the present moment, a lot of new ones are being created. Among the most popular versions we can mention is the mobile- affecting Ransomware (it doesn’t encrypt any data, only the entire screen of the infected smartphone or tablet); the screen-lock versions (blocking your computer and laptop’s desktops, but no files); and, of course, there are some Ransomware programs, which are sometimes used by government authorities to pursue and punish cyber criminals.
In case you’ve been unfortunate enough to get [email protected] Virus File, what is the proper way of dealing with it?
After being notified about the contamination, you might get stressed and shaken, and even deeply concerned about the future of your encoded data. Still, you have to remember that venturing into paying the hackers as soon as you get the ransom notification will do you NO good. Just take a look at the following facts:
- Ransomware-caused infections could be extremely hard to remove. Your data is likely to be lost forever in case you do something in the wrong way, or in case the hackers behind [email protected] Virus File are not in a good mood.
- Sending your money might encourage these criminals to give you back your files. Despite that, the opposite is also possible. The blackmailers might as well just be after your money and have no real intention of recovering your encrypted files. It is your choice, though, if you consider it right, you can pay and risk both your money and your files; or to only put your already encoded data in danger and look for other solutions.
- The alternative of paying the ransom are: consulting a specialist in the Ransomware-related field; using special decryptor tools, which are developed and updated fairly often; or simply letting the encrypted files go and just reinstalling your OS.
- Our Removal Guide is also a potential solution, however, we cannot promise you that your files and your system will be fully cured from the infection, but it is still worth giving a try.
[email protected] 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.