Remove Ransomware | Updated


I wrote this article to help you remove Ransomware. This Ransomware removal guide works for all Windows versions.

Today`s article is about the ransomware. Do you know that ransomware is by far the most dangerous cyber threat you can encounter? If you are infected with, take the time to read this article. It provides detailed information about what the virus is going to do to you and your system as well as how it managed to enter, how to protect yourself in the future, and most importantly, how to remove it. It is crucial, however, to act fast and to do your best not to panic. Hackers pray for your fear as it will make you act impulsively and comply with their demands. is a file-encrypting program. As soon as it enters your system, it checks your drives and located all of your valuable files. Then, it encrypts them with a strong encryption algorithm which makes your data completely inaccessible to you. You are not able to open them or read them or use them in any way. They are being kept hostage by the ransomware. The pest also adds a pesky extension to the locked data, which your PC cannot read. For example, if you had a file named “me.jpg” after being encrypted it becomes “me.jpg.[].aleta”. Seeing your files renames like this means that the ransomware has finished the encryption process. Now, all of your pictures, music, videos, documents, files, etc. are turned into unusable gibberish.

Then ransomware makes its final move. It drops a note for you demanding a ransom. The note is pretty standard. It states that if you want your files back you should contact the crooks via the email address so they could send your payment instructions. Of course, their scheme involves money. Money is the only reason ransomware infections get developed in the first place. The crooks claim that once you pay them, they will send you a tool to recover your data. They also offer to decrypt 3 of your files for free to prove that they actually have a descriptor. See, the thing is we don’t question their ability to unlock your data. We question the “sending you the decryptor” part. There is no guarantee that they will give you what you pay for.

As we said, they want your money and once they get it, they may ignore you. There are many cases that prove that. That’s why we advise you not to pay. There is a big chance you end up double-crossed with less money and still locked files. Even if you do receive the tool, it doesn’t remove the ransomware itself. This is something you have to do yourself. Otherwise, your data can get re-encrypted hours later. Use our removal guide below to get rid of the threat and then try to safely recover your files. Also, in the future, make backups of your most valuable files to be sure they are safe.

How did you get stuck with the ransomware? One of the most commonly used infiltration tactics that ransomware pieces use it spam email messages. Always be careful when you receive a strange message. Especially if you don’t personally know the person who sent it. Proceed with caution and don’t carelessly open it or download its attachments. Such emails are often disguised as job applications or shipping invoices in order to dupe you.

Be smart. Enter the sending email address in a search engine and see what it is used for. If it is for shady business, there would be some signs. However, new email addresses are being created every day and if you are a part of the first spam wave there might be no evidence. This is why you should play it safe. If you are not sure, just delete the message. Also, stay away from shady pages and suspicious ads. Be careful when installing bundled software. Choose caution over negligence. Ransomware Removal

Method 1: Restore your encrypted files using ShadowExplorer
Usually, Ransomware deletes all shadow copies, stored in your computer. Luckily, the ransomware is not always able to delete the shadow copies. So your first try should be restoring the original files from shadow copies.

  1. Download ShadowExplorer from this link:
  2. Install ShadowExplorer
  3. Open ShadowExplorer and select C: drive on the left panelshadowexplorer
  4. Choose at least a month ago date from the date field
  5. Navigate to the folder with encrypted files
  6. Right-click on the encrypted file
  7. Select “Export” and choose a destination for the original file

Method 2: Restore your encrypted files by using System Restore

  1. Go to Start –> All programs –> Accessories –> System tools –> System restore
  2. Click “Nextsystem restore
  3. Choose a restore point, at least a month ago
  4. Click “Next
  5. Choose Disk C: (should be selected by default)
  6. Click “Next“. Wait for a few minutes and the restore should be done.

Method 3: Restore your files using File Recovery Software
If none of the above method works, you should try to recover encrypted files by using File Recovery Software. Since Ransomware first makes a copy of the original file, then encrypts it and deletes the original one, you can successfully restore the original, using a File Recovery Software. Here are a few free File Recovery Software programs:

  1. Recuva
  2. Puran File Recovery
  3. Disk Drill
  4. Glary Undelete
Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.


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