What is Covm virus – what if you see all you files ends with .covm?
Covm virus is the name of a dangerous ransomware infection, whose primary purpose is to get in your computer and then encrypt your documents, images, videos and other important files, while in the same time holding them for ransom. You are demanded to pay around 1000 USD in the form of BitCoin (since it is anonymous). And for that, cyber-criminals promise that they will bring back your files. Be advised however, that paying these money does not guarantee that you will be able to use your files once again, since the criminals are not to be trusted. Keep reading this article to understand what to do if your computer has been infected by the Covm virus ransomware virus.
The .Covm files belong to a ransomware cryptovirus that is part of the STOP/DJVU family of cryptoviruses that have hit the globe. The .Covm files are encrypted with a very sophisticated encryption mode that can generate offline and online keys. If the keys to the variant that encrypted your computer are online decryption keys, then the chances to recover the files become slimmer. But do not worry, because there are alternative methods for file recovery as well. Keep reading this article to understand more about Covm virus and how you can get rid of it and try to recover your encrypted files.
|Ransom Demanding Note||_readme.txt|
|Short Description||Variant of the STOP Ransomware virus family. Aims to render the files on the compromised computers by it to no longer be able to be opened In order to extort victims into paying ransom to get their files back.|
|Symptoms||Files cannot be opened and have the .Covm file extension. The ransomware drops a _readme.txt ransom note, containing the extortionists’ message.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Covm |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Covm.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
What Is Covm Virus and How It Works
In order to infect your computer, the Covm virus may use several primary methods of infecting a machine:
- Via being sent to you in the form of e-mail attachment that pretends to be a legitimate file, like an invoice or some other important document.
- By malicious web links that you may have clicked on.
- Via fake installers of programs that come embedded with malware. These are often downloaded from low-reputation sites.
- As a result of redirects by adware.
Once you click on the infection file of Covm, you may trigger an infection process. This infection uses an Exploit to find holes in the security of your Windows OS and then infects your computer by connecting to its control server. From there, it may download the virus files of Covm ransomware. The malicious files may be located in the following Windows directories:
As soon as the Covm virus drops its malicious files on your computer, it may also drop its ransom note file. The file is named _readme.txt and has the following contents:
———————————————- ALL YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED ———————————————–
Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
All your files documents, photos, databases and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees do we give to you?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information
Don’t try to use third-party decrypt tools because it will destroy your files.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours.
To get this software you need write on our e-mail:
Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
Your personal ID:
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As you can see, the virus aims to get you to pay ransom in return for your files. This is the end goal of the crooks and paying is not advisable.
The main activities of Covm virus, once it infects your computer and drops its virus files are the following:
Acquire your passwords and logins.
- Check if your PC has previously been infected with ransomware.
- Obtain information about where you are located.
- Make a check whether or not it is running on a virtual drive or a real machine. If its not running on a real machine, then the Covm virus may self-delete.
- Obtain system information from your computer and your IP address.
- Steal files.
The files that will be encrypted in case your computer is infected by the Covm virus are the following:
- Word Documents.
- Microsoft Excel Files.
- Open Office documents.
- Music and audio files.
- Archive file types.
- Database file types.
And the worse thing about it is that the algorithm that is used by the Covm virus is called AES or Advanced Encryption Standard. This cipher’s primary purpose is to replace part of the original file and create its encrypted copy then delete the original. Paying the ransom to the criminals is not something that we would advise you to do, because you cannot trust them in getting your files back and you support criminal activity this way as well.
Remove Covm Virus and Try to Restore Files
Covm virus can be removed from your computer if you follow the removal steps below. Bear in mind that for manual removal to work, you should be aware, where the files of this infection are dropped and have some experience in detecting those files. Manual removal steps below will help you with this action, but you also need to have some knowledge on tampering with system files and registries. Other than that, the most recommended way to remove Covm virus from your computer is to perform it automatically with the aid of an advanced anti-malware software. This software has been created with the main idea to help you delete the Covm virus and make it possible to remove all of its related files.
If you want to try and restore the files of Covm virus, be advised to check the “Try to Restore” section in the guides below. They might be able to help you in some circumstances, at least until a free decryptor for the Covm virus is released. If so, we will update it on this link and you can use it to decrypt your files.
How to Remove Covm from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Covm
Step 2: Uninstall Covm and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Covm on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Covm there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for Covm with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Covm.
Ransomware infections and Covm aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of Covm from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Covm and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Covm via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Covm files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Covm, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Covm on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac Covm aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.