.excuses Files Virus - How to Remove It Completely (+ File Recovery)

.excuses Files Virus – How to Remove It Completely (+ File Recovery)

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This article has been created in order to help you by showing you how to remove the .excuses ransomware virus and how to restore files, encrypted by it on your computer.

A ransomware infection, going by the name .excuses has been detected by malware researchers. The virus’s primary purpose is to encrypt the files, primarily in Russian-speaking countries and then leave behind a ransom note file, called “MESSAGE.txt” which contains ransom instructions on how to contact them on excuses@protonmail.com and negotiate what must be paid to get the files back. If your computer has been infected by the .excuses files virus, recommendations are to follow the instructions underneath in order to remove this ransomware infection from your PC and try to restore files encrypted by it.

Threat Summary

Name.excuses Files Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware aims to encrypt files on your computer and set the .excuses file extension to the encrypted files.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted with the .excuses suffix added to them and a ransom note, called MESSAGE.txt.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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Data Recovery ToolWindows 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.

.excuses Files Virus – Spread

In order to infect computers of victims, the ransomware virus may use malicious files which can come on your computer while pretending to be legitimate type of files, such as:

  • Invoices.
  • Receipts of orders.
  • Letters of confirmation.
  • Banking notifications.

These files may be sent to you via suspicious e-mails that pretend to be legitimate e-mails which seem as if they come from big companies, like PayPal, DHL or other big names.

In addition to this, the ransomware may infect your computer as a result of pretending to be a legitimate setup of a program, game patch, crack or key generator.

.excuse Files Virus – How Does It Work

The .excuses files virus is the type of ransomware to encrypt the files on your computer and then extort victims for profits. To do this, the .excuses ransomware may begin to drop it’s malicious files on the computers of victims, primarily in the following Windows directories:

→ %AppData%

Among the dropped files on the victim’s computer is the actual ransom note, which is called MESSAGE.txt and is written in Russian. The note asks to contact the criminals on their e-mail execute@protonmail.com. The note has the following contents:

Приобрести декриптор можно до 02.04.2018
Запросить стоимость: excuses@protonmail.com

В ТЕМЕ письма укажите ваш ID: [redacted numbers] Письма без указания ID игнорируются.

Убедительная просьба не пытаться расшифровать файлы сторонними инструментами.
Вы можете их окончательно испортить и даже оригинальный декриптор не поможет.

Заявки обрабатываются автоматической системой.

In addition to this, the .excuses files virus may also create malicious files on your computer system, which may be copies of itself. The ransomware may also create mutants and also interfere with the following Windows registry sub-keys by adding registry value strings:

→ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce

This may result in the virus running automatically as soon as you boot your computer and log in Windows.

.excuses Ransomware – Encryption Process

In order to encode the files on your computer system, the .excuses ransomware virus may begin to use encryption techniques that alter parts of data In the file itself, such as the file header or blocks of data in the file itself. This may result in the files becoming no longer openable and starting to appear like the following image:

For the encryption process, the .excuses ransomware may also whitelist some specific Windows folders to skip encrypting files in them, since the virus may damage your OS as a result of that.

Remove .excuses Files Virus and Restore Your Encrypted Documents

In order to fully remove this virus either manually or automatically, based on your experience In malware removal, we advise you to follow the removal instructions underneath. For maximum effectiveness, be advised that researchers strongly recommend to download an advanced anti-malware program. It aims to help you to fully delete all the related malicious files and objects to the .excuses files virus and to protect your PC against future threats as well.

If you want to restore files that have been encrypted by this infection on your PC, we recommend that you follow the instructions underneath this article in step “2. Restore files encrypted by .excuses Files Virus”. They are created so that they can help you to restore as many files as possible although they are not 100% guarantee you will be able to recover all the data.


Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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