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.FileEncrypted Files Virus – How to Remove It and Restore Data

This article provides information about a recently found ransomware dubbed .FileEncrypted files virus as well as a step-by-step guide that provides removal and data recovery help.

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The so-called .FileEncrypted file virus plagues computer systems in order to encode valuable files and then demands a ransom for their decryption. An infection with this ransomware could be recognized by the distinctive files renaming pattern which ends with the extension .FileEncrypted. Another trait of this threat is a ransom message that demands 1 BTC ransom to be transferred to hackers’ wallet.

Threat Summary

Name .FileEncrypted file virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description A data locker ransomware that utilizes strond cihper algorithm to encrypt valuable files on stored on the infected computer. Hackers demand 1 BTC ransom payment for a decryption solution.
Symptoms Important files are locked and renamed with .FileEncrypted extension. The information they store remains inaccessible until any efficient recovery solution is applied.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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.FileEncrypted Files Virus – Distribution

There is no primary method known to be used for the distribution of .FileEncrypted files virus. However, the guesses are that some of the most common spread techniques support hackers’ malicious activities. Spam email campaigns could be considered as the main distribution vector utilized for the delivery of FileEncrypted ransomware’s payload. Most of the times such emails provide file attachments that as described in the text message contain important information that you should review as soon as possible. The trick here is that these files contain malicious embedded code that could trigger the ransomware infection the moment you open them on your device. Another infection element that may be used in spam emails is a clickable link presented in the form of button, in-text link, coupon voucher, etc. Such a link may be set to land on a corrupted web page that has malicious scripts integrated by cyber criminals. With the help of these scripts, the infection code could land on your system and execute without you noticing it. That’s why it is of paramount importance for the security of your system to have an active anti-malware tool installed on it. Once activated on the system such a tool will detect all intrusive malware on time which in turn will save you a lot of troubles.

Other methods of distribution that might have caused an infection with FileEncrypted ransomware are popular file-sharing services, P2P networks, various freeware, and fake update notifications displayed by any potentially undesired program installed on the PC. So you need to be very careful when you decide to download freeware and torrents from the net. It is advisable to find the official website of the company vendor and download the desired app from there. One more way to prevent infection with nasty malware infections like FileEncrypted crypto virus a scan of all downloads with free online archive extractor and malware scanner.

.FileEncrypted Files Virus – Overview

Once the infection code of .FileEncrypted files virus is started on the system it initiates various system settings modifications that enable it to fulfill all infection phases. Except the initial file that lands on the system the ransomware needs a few more files that could be even dropped from its server or created directly on the system. Traits of this files could be found in some of the following folders:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%
  • %Windows%

Some major changes may affect specific registry keys in a way that malicious files become able to manipulate their functionalities. The keys that are often targeted by ransomware like FileEncrypted are Run and RunOnce. This could be explained by the fact that these keys manage the automatic execution of all essential files that contribute to the regular system performance. So by adding certain values under these keys the ransomware ensures its persistent presence on the system as its infection code starts automatically on each system load.

During its final infection stage, FileEncrypt drops a ransom note file on the system to inform you about its presence and impacts. The main goal of this message is to urge you into paying an insane ransom of 1 BTC (at this point 8230.00 USD) for the decryption key possessed by hackers.

Here is what the message in READ_TO_DECRYPT.html file says:

	YOUR FILES HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED USING A
	STRONG ALGORITHM.

	YOUR IDENTIFICATION IS
	[redacted 32 hex]

	SEND 1 BTC TO THE FOLLOWING BITCOIN WALLET ADDRESS
	1EATMEBVDRmUPjaBeN9hsoj2ffFiUKArma

	AND AFTER PAY SEND EMAIL TO 160505@tt3j2x4k5ycaa5zt.onion
	SENDING YOUR IDENTIFICATION AND BITCOIN TRANSACTION ID
	TO RECOVER THE KEY NECESSARY TO DECRYPT YOUR FILES
	

The best advice we could give you is to refrain from paying hackers as there is no guarantee that they really have a working decryption solution. Furthermore, they may not contact you at all, even after you transfer them the money. Keep reading to learn more about some tested alternative data recovery solutions that may restore a few to all of your .FileEncrypted files.

.FileEncrypted Files Virus – Encryption Process

There is no information which cipher or combination of ciphers .FileEncrypted file virus uses to encrypt target data. And the good news is that after security experts conduct further analysis of this ransomware samples they may be able to crack its code and release free decryption tool in help of all infected users. Meanwhile, if some of the encrypted files are of great importance you could try to restore them by using some of the alternative data recovery methods set out in the removal guide that follows.

As of the types of data corrupted by the ransomware they may be all your:

  • Archives
  • Backups
  • Images
  • Videos
  • Music
  • Documents

The original names of all encrypted files are renamed with base64 encoding scheme and the distinctive extension .FileEncrypted is appended to them. The information they store is no longer accessible as the original code of the files is partly or completely transformed.

Remove .FileEncrypted Files Virus and Restore Data

Below you could find how to remove .FileEncrypted crypto virus step by step. If you choose to remove this ransomware manually you need to have a bit of technical experience and ability to recognize traits of malware files. Beware that ransomware is a threat with highly complex code that plagues not only your files but your whole system. So as recommended by security researchers you need to utilize an advanced anti-malware tool for its complete removal. Such a tool will keep your system protected against devastating threats like .FileEncrypted files virus and other kinds of malware that endanger your online security.

After you remove the ransomware make sure to check the “Restore Files” step listed in the guide below. Don’t forget to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before you take any further actions. This step is recommended as it could prevent their irreversible loss.

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As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .FileEncrypted file virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .FileEncrypted file 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 .FileEncrypted file 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 .FileEncrypted file 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 .FileEncrypted file 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 .FileEncrypted file 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 .FileEncrypted file virus.

Ransomware infections and .FileEncrypted file 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 .FileEncrypted file virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .FileEncrypted file 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 .FileEncrypted file 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 .FileEncrypted file 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 .FileEncrypted file 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 .FileEncrypted file 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 .FileEncrypted file 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.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .FileEncrypted file virus.

Ransomware infections and .FileEncrypted file 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.


.FileEncrypted file virus FAQ

What is .FileEncrypted file virus ransomware and how does it work?

.FileEncrypted file 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 .FileEncrypted file virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..FileEncrypted file 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 .FileEncrypted file 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 ..FileEncrypted file virus files?

You can't. At this point the ..FileEncrypted file 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 ..FileEncrypted file virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by .FileEncrypted file 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 "..FileEncrypted file 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 ..FileEncrypted file 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 .FileEncrypted file 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 .FileEncrypted file virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..FileEncrypted file virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .FileEncrypted file 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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