Fixing Enigma and .1txt Infected Files

A new variant of the Enigma ransomware virus was reported by cybersecurity researcher Michael Gillespie. The virus encrypts files, making them useless until decryption. The locked files have the .1txt extension at the end of their names. The files are encrypted using the RSA cryptosystem. Removal of the virus is possible, provided you follow the guidelines of this article.


Name
Enigma Ransomware

File Extensions
.1txt

Ransom
Varies

Solution #1
ENIGMA ransomware can be removed easily with the help of an anti-malware tool, a program that will clean your computer from the virus, remove any additional cyber-security threats, and protect you in the future.

Solution #2
ENIGMA Ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the detailed tutorial below.

Distribution
The ENIGMA Ransomware is distributed mainly via spam email campaigns, file downloads from untrusted sites and Torrent trackers, as well as malicious redirects.

Enigma Ransomware Virus – How and Why Did I get it?

Email spam remains a popular method of spreading malware. The advanced anti-spam measures taken by most mainstream email services helped to restrain the most relentless spam campaigns, but it’s still possible for a malicious email to pop into your inbox.

You can also get infected by ransomware viruses like Enigma from:

Anti-virus programs can prevent most infections, but you should still watch out for malicious content. The surest way of prevention is vigilance.

Once the Enigma virus gets into the computer’s system, it’s going to start encrypting your files. This basically means that the data of your files is scrambled, which renders it useless until its put back together. There are a few ways to do that.

The first one is to get a decrypter key, which the ransomware scammers are selling. This is a bad option since the crooks aren’t obliged to give you the key after you’ve paid them. In fact, the option that’s preferable for them is to simply take the payment and forget all about their victim. Sending out keys and negotiating with people means more additional work.

The New Version of the Enigma Targets the Following File Types:

.djvu .doc .docb .docm .docx .sqlite .dwg .fla .gif .gz2 .gza .gzi .gzip .hdoc .html, .psd .rar .rtf .rtf .slk .sln .sql .sqlite .sqlite3 .sqlitedb .sqx .sqz .srep .stc, .uot .vbs .vdi .wks .xlc .xlm .xls .xlsb .xlsm .xlsx .wmv .xlsx .xlt .xltm .xltx .xlw .zip .zip .zipx .zix

The Virus Is Also Going to Drop the Following Note on Your Computer:

enigma_info.txt

Enigma Ransomware Virus Prevention

Enigma Ransomware is a small cog in the massive criminal industry distributing ransomware. These scams are sort of a get-rich-quick scheme. A lot of would-be scammers purchase malicious software from the underground forum community found in the Deep Web. Most of these scammers aren’t particularly talented technicians, which can result in damaged viruses that are impossible to decrypt.

The ransomware threat is huge. The Cerber virus has infected users in more than 201 countries. A ransomware infection can cost hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars in damages. That’s why prevention is so beneficial to businesses and home-users.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

How To Remove New Enigma Ransomware Virus

You can learn all the necessary information for removing the Enigma virus from the guide bellow. Using an advanced anti-malware tool is the quickest way of removing ransomware viruses like the new Enigma. The program will scan your system, find the virus and help you remove it easily.

Enigma Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete Enigma completely with a few mouse clicks.

STEP I: 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.

    1) Hit WIN Key + R

Windows-key-plus-R-button-launch-Run-Box-in-Windows-illustrated

    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

Or check our video guide – “How to start PC in Safe Mode with Networking

STEP II: Show Hidden Files

    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

    show-hidden-files-win8-10

    4) Click “Apply” and then “OK” button

STEP III: 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

STEP IV: Remove Completely Enigma Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

Manual removal of Enigma requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removal of any important data can lead to permanent system damage. Prevent this troublesome effect – delete Enigma with SpyHunter malware removal tool.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

STEP V: Repair Windows Registry

    1) Again type simultaneously the Windows Button + R key combination
    2) In the box, write “regedit”(without the inverted commas) 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

Further help for Windows Registry repair

STEP VI: Recover Encrypted Files

    1) Use present backups
    2) 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

    restore-your-personal-files-using-File-History-bestecuritysearch

      – Hit the “Restore” button

    3) Using System Restore Point

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

restore-files-using-system-restore-point

STEP VII: Preventive Security Measures

    1) Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
    2) Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
    3) Secure your web browser.
    4) Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
    5) Disable macros in Office documents.
    6) Use strong passwords.
    7) Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
    8) Backup regularly your data.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

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Alex Dimchev

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Alex Dimchev is a beat writer for Best Security Search. When he's not busy researching cyber-security matters, he enjoys sports and writing about himself in third person.


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