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This article will aid you to remove Epoblockl Virus. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

Epoblockl Virus is one that encrypts your data and demands money as a ransom to get it restored. Files will receive the .Epoblockl extension. The Epoblockl Virus will leave ransomware instructions as a desktop wallpaper image. Keep on reading the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your locked files and data.

Threat Summary

NameEpoblockl virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files by placing the .Epoblockl before the affected files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and leave a ransom note with payment instructions.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Epoblockl Virus – Distribution Techniques

Epoblockl virus is a new Hidden Tear-based strain which is being distributed by an unknown hacker or criminal collective. The detected attack campaigns appear to be launched mainly from the United States to other countries and regions, mainly countries in Northern Europe.

Such viruses are spread using several tactics at once in order to maximize the number of infected victims. We presume that the criminals behind them are going to popular scenarios and methods.

One of them relies on phishing email scams which are sent in bulk and disguised as originating from a well-known service or company that they use. The body messages will include messages and notifications that will coerce the recipients into opening a link leading to the virus file. An alternative approach is to directly offer an attached file to these emails.

The hackers can also construct fake web pages that impersonate well-known Internet portals, web pages, vendor sites and etc. Together with the email campaigns they are the primary distribution methods for malicious payloads. There are two popular types:

  • Malicious Documents — The hacker group behind the Epoblockl virus can distribute it via macro-infected documents. Their built-in scripts will automatically launch a script that will download and execute the malware from a remote server. All popular document types can be used: databases, spreadsheets, presentations and text files. When they are opened by the users a notification message will appear asking them to run the built-in commands. If this is done the infection will begin.
  • Malicious Setup Files —This strategy utilizes modified copies of well-known end-user software: creativity suites, system utilities or office programs. The hackers take the legitimate installers and embed the virus files in them. By being distributed through email messages and fake Internet portals the users may think that they are downloading a legitimate and safe application.

Such files can also be distributed via file-sharing networks, one of the most popular ones are the popular BitTorrent trackers. This is an often used as it is used to spread both legitimate and pirate content, especially software and games.

Massive virus campaigns with a wider outreach may adopt the browser hijacker approach. These are hacker-created browser extensions that are uploaded to the repositories of the most popular web browsers. Whenever they are installed the built-in settings will be modified to redirect the victims to a hacker-controlled page: the default home page, search engine and new tabs page. When this step has completed the Epoblockl virus will be deployed.

Epoblockl Virus – Detailed Analysis

The Epoblockl virus is base on the Hidden Tear malware family which is one of the most popular ransomware types. The source code of the main threat open-source and therefore easily acquired by both beginner and advanced hackers. This makes it very convenient to use as a base.

It is very possible that the criminal collective behind it has created this customization. The other hypothesis is that they have ordered it from the hacker underground markets.

Like other similar threats it will begin the infection with a data harvesting module. It is used to scan the system for variables that are used to construct an unique ID associated with each individual host: installed hardware components, operating system environment and user settings. This same component has been found to also look for strings that can directly expose the identity of the victims — their real name, address, email, phone number and any stored account credentials. It can scan both the local hard drive contents, operating system and data associated with the installed third-party apps.

The harvested information can also be used by another module used to bypass the security services available on the system. This is done by scanning for signatures of anti-virus engines, virtual machine hosts and sandbox environments. If the virus is unable to disable them it may opt to delete itself to avoid detection. The main virus engine can also create memory-guarded spaces which is an additional measure.

At this point the virus will have acquired control of the machines and will move onto causing changes such as the following:

  • Windows Registry Changes — The ransomare engine can modify the entries belonging to the Windows registry belonging both to the operating system and any third-party installed applications. This can block certain functions or cause overall performance issues.
  • Persistent Installation — The threat can be installed in a persistent state. This means that the Epoblockl virus will be launched every time the computer boots. This may also block access to the recovery menu which can render most manual removal instructions useless.
  • Files Modification — The ransomware engine may delete sensitive user data such as System Restore Points, Backups and Shadow Volume data.

During its execution the Epoblockl virus may interact with the Windows Volume Manager and access any connected removable devices and network shares. This means that if a single computer on a given network is infected it can take over all potentially vulnerable hosts. Infections such as this one can also be used to deploy Trojan horses which are among the most dangerous types of malware. They will set up a client connection to a hacker-controlled server using a secure and persistent mechanism. This allows the operators to spy on the victims, take control over their computers and also deploy other viruses.

Epoblockl Virus – Encryption Process

As soon as all modules have completed the ransomware engine will be launched. It will use a built-in list of target file type extensions which will be processed with a powerful encryption algorithm. The captured samples showcase that the following files will be encrypted:

.7z, .asp, .aspx, .avi, .bc6, .bc7, .bkf, .bkp, .cas, .cer, .csv, .d3dbsp, .doc, .docx, .fos, .gdb, .gho, .hkdb,
.hplg, .html, .hvpl, .ibank, .icxs, .itdb, .itl, .itm, .m4a, .map, .mdb, .mdbackup, .mddata, .mov, .mp4, .odt, .php,
.pkpass, .png, .ppt, .pptx, .psd, .qdf, .qic, .rar, .sb, .sid, .sidd, .sidn, .sie, .sis, .sql, .sum, .svg, .syncdb,
.t12, .t13, .tax, .vdf, .wma, .wmo, .wmv, .xls, .xlsx, .xml, .zip, .ztmp

All victim files will be renamed with the .Epoblockl extension, an alternative one is .Crypted with a capital “C”. A ransomware note is produced in a file called EPOBLOCKL-NOTE.txt which reads the following:

Your files have been encrypted with AES-128
tommy.sanders@tutanota.com, 0btc.
Please pay immedantely

Remove Epoblockl Virus and Try to Restore Data

If your computer system got infected with the .Epoblockl ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Epoblockl virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Epoblockl virus

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Epoblockl virus 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Epoblockl virus on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Epoblockl virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

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Step 4: Scan for Epoblockl virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Epoblockl virus.

Ransomware infections and Epoblockl virus 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Epoblockl virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Epoblockl virus and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Epoblockl virus:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Epoblockl virus. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Epoblockl virus. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Epoblockl virus 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Epoblockl virus. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, 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 Epoblockl virus on your Mac.

Ransomware for Mac Epoblockl virus 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.

1. Download the recommended Data Recovery Mac app by clicking on the link underneath:


Epoblockl virus FAQ

What is Epoblockl virus ransomware and how does it work?

Epoblockl virus is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does Epoblockl virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Epoblockl virus Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of Epoblockl virus is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open .Epoblockl virus files?

You can't. At this point the .Epoblockl virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Epoblockl virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Epoblockl virus ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".Epoblockl virus" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Epoblockl virus files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of Epoblockl virus ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate Epoblockl virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Epoblockl virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Epoblockl virus ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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