This article explains the issues that occur in case of infection with Access virus ransomware and provides a complete Access virus removal guide.
The extension .access is associated with a computer infection of ransomware type. Such infection attacks computers in order to corrupt their systems and encrypt personal files. Its primary goal is to blackmail victims into paying a ransom to cybercriminals. Hence, it drops a ransom message file at the end of the attack. According to the _readme.txt message, encrypted .access files can be recovered with the help of a decryption tool that costs $980.
In the event that you are a victim of this vicious infection, we recommend that you navigate to our ransomware removal guide, clean up your computer and then attempt to potentially restore .access files with the help of alternative data recovery methods.
|Short Description||A version of the STOP/DJVU ransomware that is designed to encrypt valuable files stored on infected computers and then extort a ransom from victims.|
|Symptoms||Important files are encrypted and renamed with the extension .access|
A ransom message forces victims to contact hackers in order to receive instructions on how to pay a ransom ($490 – $980).
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails; Email Attachments; Corrupted Websites; Software Installers|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Access Virus |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Access Virus.|
|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.|
.access Files Virus – Update August 2019
The good news for all victims of STOP .access ransomware is that the security researcher Michael Gillespie cracked the code of this variant and released an updated version of his STOP ransomware decrypter.
So the moment you remove all malicious files and objects from your infected system you can enter our data recovery guide where you will find a download link for the free .access decryption tool and learn how to proceed with the decryption process.
Have in mind that the tool is designed to support specific offline IDs, so it may not be effective for all occasions of .access ransomware infections.
Access Virus (STOP Ransomware) – More About the Infection
Security researchers reported that the Access virus is based on the code of one of the most popular ransomware families. The family is dubbedSTOP. The name of STOP ransomware is a derivative of the first extension used for corrupted files. Similar to the first version of the threat, the name Access virus originates from the extension this ransomware appends to files it encrypts.
The Access virus is likely to be released in active malspam campaigns as well as on corrupted web pages and software installers. Usually, hackers choose malspam (spam emails designed to deliver malicious code) to be the main infection channel. This technique enables them to launch massive email spam campaigns against users worldwide. There are several traits that may help you detect an email that contains malicious code:
- A link to compromised web page that is set to download and execute infection files directly on the PC. The URL address may be presented in the form of an in-text link, banner, image, button or full URL address.
- A malicious file attachment that is stated to be a legitimate document. It could be uploaded in a .rar or .zip archive. Such a file could be set to evade active security measures and trick you into running the ransomware on your PC.
The moment the payload file of STOP Access virus runs on the system, the attack begins. Once loaded on the system, the ransomware becomes able to apply a vast number of malicious modifications. These modifications usually disrupt system security, support the persistence of the threat on the infected device and enable it to corrupt valuable files.
For the encryption process, Access virus uses a strong cipher algorithm. This algorithm transforms the code of target files and generates a unique decryption key for their recovery. Following encryption, all encrypted files are inaccessible. In addition, they have the extension .access appended to their names.
Unfortunately, it is likely that all common files that are listed below are among the targets of this nasty ransomware:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
Finally, Access virus drops a ransom message file – _readme.txt in an attempt to blackmail you into contacting hackers for more details on a ransom payment process. When opened the ransom message presents the following information:
Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like photos, databases, documents 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 you have?
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.
You can get and look video overview decrypt tool:
Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that’s price for you is $490.
Please note that you’ll never restore your data without payment.
Check your e-mail “Spam” or “Junk” folder if you don’t get answer more than 6 hours.
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According to the details presented in the ransom message, when you pay the ransom you will receive a decryption tool for encrypted files. You should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum to cybercriminals. This action does not guarantee the recovery of your .access files.
Remove Access Virus Files (STOP Ransomware) and Restore Data
The so-called Access virus is a threat with a highly complex code that plagues the whole system in order to encrypt personal files. Hence the infected system could be used in a secure manner again only after the complete removal of all malicious files and objects created by Access ransomware. That’s why we recommend that all steps presented in the Access virus removal guide below should be completed. Beware that the manual ransomware removal is suitable for more experienced computer users. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps navigate to the automatic part of the guide.