.etols Files Virus (STOP) - How to Remove It + Decrypt Files

.etols Files Virus (STOP) – How to Remove It + Decrypt Files

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What is .etols files virus? How did it infect your system? Is there a chance to restore your .etols files?

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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.

Threat Summary

Name.etols Files Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionCreated to encrypt valualbe files stored on compromised computers and urge victims to pay ransom afterward.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted and renamed with the .etols file extension. Ransom message extorts a payment for files recovery.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Malware Removal Tool

User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss .etols Files Virus.
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.

.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.

Decrypt Files Encrypted by STOP Ransomware

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.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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1 Comment

  1. Avatarcarlos

    i download spyhunter celet the malwaand lots of other stuff that were on the pc but how do i know if i download the decryption tool that said its for free it wont infect my pc again google told me its not safe so what should i do _


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