.[[email protected]] Virus Removal Guide

The .[[email protected]] virus also known as the WininiCrypt ransomware that encrypts system and user data with the .[[email protected]] extension, read our removal guide to restore your PC.

Manual Removal Guide
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How Does .[[email protected]] Virus Infiltrate the System?

The WininiCrypt ransomware, also known as the .[[email protected]] virus due to its extension has been detected by security researchers in a large-scale attack wave. The hackers behidn it attempt to infect as many targets as possible by using the most popular delivery strategies.

One of the main ways of spreading the malware code is by using email spam messages. Many of them use social engineering tricks that attempt to make the users infect themselves by following instructions, advice or hyperlinks found in the body contents of the emails. In other cases file attachments may be utilized as well.

The .[[email protected]] virus can also be distributed using browser hijackers, malicious extensions that are made for the most popular web browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer. Upon infection important settings are redirected to point to a hacker-provided site. It may be used to deliver the .[[email protected]] virus via site interaction or as part of the installation process.

Web scripts, ad networks and hacker-controlled sites are usually the most likely places from where users can get infected. Documents and software installers are another major source of .[[email protected]] virus samples.

The documents are usually office files such as rich text documents, spreadsheets or databases. When opened by the users a prompt may ask them to enable the built-in macros. If this is done the virus code is downloaded from a remote server and executed on the victim computer.

Software installers on other hand are custom versions devised by the criminals to hold the .[[email protected]] virus code. They are usually posted on hacker-controlled download sites or P2P networks like BitTorrent.

Infection Flow of .[[email protected]] Virus

According to the initial security analysis the .[[email protected]] virus is a sample originating from the Globe Imposter malware family. It is compiled using the .NET framework which indicates that it is compatible with all modern versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. Like other similar strains it follows a built-in behavior pattern that attempts to encrypt sensitive system and user data as defined by the hacker-prepared file list. All collected sample attempt to target the most widely used data: photos, videos, music, databases, backups and etc.

In addition the .[[email protected]] virus engine deletes all discovered Shadow volume copies, an action that makes file recovery very difficult. Fortunately the data can be recovered using a professional-grade product that we have specified in our complete .[[email protected]] virus removal instructions. The experts identified that a legitimate program is being utilized by the virus called SDelete.

Once the encryption process is complete all affected files are renamed using the .[[email protected]] extension. A ransomware note is crafted in a “HOW_TO_BACK_FILES.html” file that reads the following:

All your files have been encrypted!
Your personal ID
***
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC.
If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail: [email protected]
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• Before paying you can send to us up to 1 files for free decryption.Please note that files must NOT contain valuable information and their total size must be less than 5Mb
Attention!
• Do not rename encrypted files.
• Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
• Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.

We strongly recommend to disregard such scams and use a quality anti-spyware solution that can effectively remove all found active infections. Follow our removal instructions below to delete the [email protected]] virus. After this is done you can use the listed data recovery application to restore the affected data.

Remove .[[email protected]] Virus and Restore Data

WARNING! Manual removal of .[[email protected]] Virus requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removing important data accidentally can lead to permanent system damage. If you don’t feel comfortable with manual instructions, download a powerful anti-malware tool that will scan your system for malware and clean it safely for you.

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.[[email protected]] Virus – Manual Removal Steps

Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network

This will isolate all files and objects created by the ransomware so they will be removed efficiently. The steps bellow are applicable to all Windows versions.

1. Hit the WIN Key + R

2. A Run window will appear. In it, write msconfig and then press Enter

3. A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named Boot

4. Mark Safe Boot option and then go to Network under it to tick it too

5. Apply -> OK

Show Hidden Files

Some ransomware threats are designed to hide their malicious files in the Windows so all files stored on the system should be visible.

1. Open My Computer/This PC

2. Windows 7

    – Click on Organize button
    – Select Folder and search options
    – Select the View tab
    – Go under Hidden files and folders and mark Show hidden files and folders option

3. Windows 8/ 10

    – Open View tab
    – Mark Hidden items option

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4. Click Apply and then OK button

Enter Windows Task Manager and Stop Malicious Processes

1. Hit the following key combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC

2. Get over to Processes

3. When you find suspicious process right click on it and select Open File Location

4. Go back to Task Manager and end the malicious process. Right click on it again and choose End Process

5. Next, you should go folder where the malicious file is located and delete it

Repair Windows Registry

1. Again type simultaneously the WIN Key + R key combination

2. In the box, write regedit and hit Enter

3. Type the CTRL+ F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable

4. In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys

Click for more information about Windows Registry and further repair help

Recover .[[email protected]] Virus Files

WARNING! All files and objects associated with .[[email protected]] Virus should be removed from the infected PC before any data recovery attempts. Otherwise the virus may encrypt restored files. Furthermore, a backup of all encrypted files stored on external media is highly recommendable.

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1. Use present backups

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Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery – a specialist tool that can restore partitions, data, documents, photos, and 300 more file types lost during various types of incidents and corruption.

3. Using System Restore Point

    – Hit WIN Key
    – Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps

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4. Restore your personal files using File History

    – Hit WIN Key
    – Type restore your files in the search box
    – Select Restore your files with File History
    – Choose a folder or type the name of the file in the search bar
    – Hit the “Restore” button

Preventive Security Measures

  • Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
  • Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
  • Secure your web browser.
  • Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
  • Disable macros in Office documents.
  • Use strong passwords.
  • Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
  • Backup regularly your data.
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    Author : Martin Beltov

    Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.


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