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.icp Files Virus – How to Remove It

This article has been created in order to best explain what is the .icp file ransomware and how you can remove it from your computer plus how you can try to restore files, encrypted by it.

The .icp file ransomware is the type of virus which aims to encrypt the files on the computers it has already infected and then leave behind a ransom note file, in which it extorts the owner of the infected computer to pay ransom to get the files to be decrypted and work again. The ransomware goes through great extents to slither in Windows computers unnoticed and once there, it performs series of malicious activities, that ultimately end up with the victimised PC having it’s files encoded. If your computer has been recently infected by the .icp file ransomware, we would strongly recommend that you read this article thoroughly.

Threat Summary

Name .icp Files Virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description Aims to encrypt the files on the computers infected by it and then may extort victims to pay ransom to get their files to work again.
Symptoms Files have the .icp file extension added to them. A ransom note, called “Restore_ICPICP_Files.txt” is also dropped, containing the virus’s extortionist message.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.icp Files Virus – Distribution

To infect computers, the .icp ransomware may target them via e-mail. The way this scheme works is that cyber-criminals may hack a website and take away all of the user e-mails that are registered. These e-mail addresses may be used as the targets for the attack and they may receive spam e-mail messages by the criminals who are behind the .icp file ransomware.

The e-mails may contain a convincing message that the victims must either click on a URL or open an e-mail attachment, the outcome of which could be an infection with the .icp virus. Such attachments may often pretend to be:

  • Invoices.
  • Receipts.
  • Important documents from banks.
  • Closed account reports.
  • Revoked purchase.
  • Revoked visa.

The main idea is to get users to download fake documents, which may infect users by simply being opened or by getting the user to open them and enable their content.

Another strategy used in the infection process of the .icp file ransowmare is to spread the virus by uploading it’s infection files on multiple different websites. There, the files may usually pretend to be what the user is looking for and since they are usually compromised or fake sites, they can turn out to appear as a search result in Google, that seems legitimate. The main file types that often end up to be ransomware are:

  • Fake setups.
  • Fake portable versions of programs.
  • Key generators.
  • Patches.
  • License Activators.

In some cases, such sites may also cause automatic redirects that may infect victims via malicious JavaScript code execution.

.icp Ransomware – More Information

When the .icp file ransomware conducts an infection, the virus may drop its modules (virus files) on the affecte computer. There, they may reside, pretending to be completely legitimate type of files and they may even imitate programs, like Notepad, Photoshop, etc. The files may also have completely random file names, so that victims cannot be able to easily locate them. These files are usually uploaded in the following Windows directories:

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

Among the files dropped on victimised machines, the .icp virus also creates its ransom note file, called Restore_ICPICP_Files.txt. The note has the following extortionist message:

Attention!
Do not rename the ciphered files
Do not try to decrypt your data with the help of the third-party software, it can cause constant data loss.
If you, your programmers or your friends help you to decrypt your files – it can lead to data loss.
You do not joke with files.
My email decrypter02@cumallover.me,piterpen02@keemail.me

As soon as the ransom note is dropped on infected computers, the .icp virus may also engage in several other activities as well, such as:

  • Create mutexes.Texttt
  • Check if it’s running on a virtual drive or actual machine.
  • Obtain your IP and Mac address.
  • Check your system preferred language.
  • Check your antivirus and firewall settings.
  • Obtain administrator rights and Read & Write permissions.

As soon as this is done, the .icp virus may begin to create registy entries in the following Windows Registry Editor sub-keys:

→ 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

In addition to this, the .icp file ransomware may also begin to delete the backed up files and shadow copies on the victimized machines. To do this, the .icp ransomware may execute the following Windows Command Prompts as an administrator:

→ sc stop VVS
sc stop wscsvc
sc stop WinDefend
sc stop wuauserv
sc stop BITS
sc stop ERSvc
sc stop WerSvc
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures
C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe” /C vssadmin.exe Delete Shadows /All /Quiet

.icp Ransomware – Encryption

To encrypt files on computers it has compromised, .icp ransomware may run a very cleverly designed code, that skips encoding files in the system directories of Windows and the Drivers directories that may damage your OS. The .icp ransomware may use a very advanced encryption, which usually takes decades to break, using a conventional computer, if you do not know the decryption key. The virus encrypts files by either creating copies and modifying them or directly changing bytes of data on the original files. The files that could be encrypted by .icp ransomware could end up to be the following:

  • Documents.
  • Videos.
  • Images.
  • Archives.
  • Virtual drive files.
  • Audio files.

After the encryption, the files have the .icp file extension and they no longer look the same:

Remove .icp Files Virus and Try Restoring Files

If you want to remove the .icp file ransomware, we would strongly recommend that you do a fresh backup of your files beforehand. This will help you minimise the risk of damaging your files during the removal.

To remove the .icp file ransowmare, we recommend that you follow the removal instructions underneath this article. They are divided in manual as well as automatic removal steps. If manual removal does not seem to be effective, then we strongly advise that you try scanning your computer with an advanced anti-malware software as this type of removal is automatic and highly effective, plus it will save you tons of time in having to manually look for the malicious files and deleting them.

If you want to try and restore files, encrypted by the .icp file ransomware, we would strongly recommend that you see the alternative methods for file recovery in the “Try to Restore” step below. They may come with no full guarantee to be able to get all your files to work, but with their aid, you could be able to recover at least some of your files.

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .icp Files Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .icp Files 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 .icp 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. 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 .icp Files 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 .icp Files 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 .icp Files 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'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .icp Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .icp 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.

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 .icp Files Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .icp Files 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 .icp Files 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 .icp Files 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 .icp Files 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 .icp 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:

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 .icp Files 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 .icp Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .icp 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.

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.


.icp Files Virus FAQ

What is .icp Files Virus ransomware and how does it work?

.icp 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 .icp Files Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..icp 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 .icp 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 ..icp Files Virus files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by .icp 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 "..icp 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 ..icp 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 .icp 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 .icp Files Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..icp Files Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .icp 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.

How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?

In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer. Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:

Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

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