What is .etols files virus? How did it infect your system? Is there a chance to restore your .etols files?
Yet another strain of STOP ransomware has been detected in the wild. It is named after the specific extension it uses for corrupted files and is called .etols files virus. In the event that this ransomware has hit your PC, you won’t be able to open valuable files due to some significant transformations of their original code. As a result, you will be forced to contact hackers and pay them a ransom fee within a particular period of time. Keep up with our guide and learn how to remove .etols STOP ransomware and recover .etols files.
|Name||.etols Files Virus|
|Short Description||Created to encrypt valualbe files stored on compromised computers and urge victims to pay ransom afterward.|
|Symptoms||Files are encrypted and renamed with the .etols file extension. Ransom message extorts a payment for files recovery.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss .etols Files 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.|
.etols Files Virus – Update May 2019
The good news for all victims of STOP .etols 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 .etols 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 .etols ransomware infections.
.etols Files Virus – What is It All About?
The .etols files virus is yet another variant of STOP/Djvu ransomware that has been spotted in the wild. Currently, .etols ransomware payloads are lurking across the web in active attack campaigns. It is believed that hackers bet on several common spread methods among which are malspam, corrupted websites, freeware installers, fake software updates and malvertising.
Once loaded on a target computer system, .etols ransomware payload triggers a long sequence of malicious operations. By doing this the ransomware becomes able to pass through several attack stages and eventually encrypt all valuable files stored on the compromised device. Like some of its predecessors.roland and .raldug which we reported on our blog, .etols ransomware corrupts all of the following types of files:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
Being a STOP ransomware variant, .etols virus utilizes not one but two sophisticated algorithms – AES and RSA to transform the code of target files and eventually make them inaccessible. After the threat encrypts a file, it appends the extension .etols to the name.
At the final infection stage, the ransomware drops a ransom message on the infected device and loads it on the screen. According to this ransom message, the only sure way to recover .etols files is to purchase a specialized decryption tool. Here is a copy of the whole message that may be found in a text file called _readme.txt:
Don’t worry my friend, 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” folder if you don’t get answer more than 6 hours.
To get this software you need write on our e-mail:
Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
Your personal ID:
The good news is that security researchers cracked the code of several STOP ransomware variants and released a free decryption tool. The tool was created by the malware researcher Michael Gillespie and supports the decryption of a bunch of STOP variants. Eventually, it may be designed to decrypt .etols files too. So you can attempt to decrypt .etols files by using this tool. You can download it from the following link: Decryption Tool
Remove .etols Files Virus (STOP Ransomware) and Restore Data
The so-called .etols files virus is a threat with highly complex code that heavily damages both essential system settings and valuable data. So the only way to use your infected system securely again is to remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. For the purpose, you could follow our step-by-step removal guide.
In the event that the released free decryptor doesn’t work for your .etlos files you could check step four – Try to Restore files encrypted by .etols Files Virus. We remind you to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before the recovery process.
Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.
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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove .etols Files Virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .etols Files Virus from Mac OS X.
How to Remove .etols Files Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .etols Files Virus
Step 2: Uninstall .etols Files 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .etols Files Virus 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 .etols Files Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .etols Files Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .etols Files Virus.
Ransomware infections and .etols Files 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.
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.
Get rid of .etols Files Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .etols Files Virus 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 .etols Files 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:
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 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 .etols Files Virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .etols Files 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.
.etols Files Virus FAQ
What is .etols Files Virus ransomware and how does it work?
.etols Files 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 .etols Files Virus ransomware infect my computer?
Via several ways..etols Files 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 .etols Files 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 ..etols Files Virus files?
You can't. At this point the ..etols Files 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 ..etols Files Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by .etols Files 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 "..etols Files 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 ..etols Files 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 .etols Files 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 .etols Files Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..etols Files Virus files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like .etols Files 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.