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.SOLO Files Virus – How to Remove It

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A ransomware dubbed after its associated extension has been spotted in the wild. .SOLO files virus is designed to invade computer systems and encrypt important files with the strong cipher algorithm AES. Once it corrupts target files it drops a ransom note file called IHRE_DATEIEN_SIND_VERSCHLUESSELT.html and opens it on the screen. The presented message is written in German. It extorts a ransom of 0.2 BTC from victims.

If you want to potentially recover files encrypted by .SOLO ransomware without paying hackers’ the ransom, you should read thoroughly the guide presented in the end. There you will find how to clean your infected system from malicious files as well as how to use alternative data recovery methods.

Threat Summary

Name.SOLO Files Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionA data locker ransomware that utilizes AES cihper algorithm to encode target files so it can blackmail victims into paying a ransom of 0.2 BTC.
SymptomsImportant files are inaccessible and marked with the extension .SOLO. A ransom message states that hackers demand a ransom payment for files decryption.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Corrupted Web Pages, Freeware Installers
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.SOLO Files Virus – Distribution

Spread campaigns of the so-called .SOLO files virus are targeting computer systems situated around the globe. The spread is likely to happen mainly via massive spam email campaigns. Emails part of such campaigns could be recognized by several typical traits.

The first one is an attached file that according to the text message contains very important information. Hence it should be opened as soon as possible. Malicious file attachments could be masked as legitimate documents archived into .rar or .zip files. However, once started on the machine they could evade detection and run the infection code of SOLO ransomware.

Another suspicious element that is often used in spam emails is a URL address that lands to a compromised web page. The code of such page could be set to trigger a drive-by download attack and this way execute the infection code directly on your PC.

In addition, fake software installers, fake update notifications, compromised software setups, files shared on forums and other techniques may download and activate the ransomware module.

Variants of

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Skype viruses may be also part of the distribution scheme of this .SOLO ransomware. By exploiting some security flaws of the software hackers could deliver their malicious code directly through this channel.

.SOLO Files Virus – Overview

An infection with .SOLO files virus starts the moment when its payload file is executed on the system. The code of this file is configured to interfere with essential system components which in turn results in the corruption of important settings and valuable data.

At first, the threat is likely to create some additional malicious files that could manipulate legitimate processes. Other files that support the attack may be dropped on the system after .SOLO ransomware connects to its server. There are several folders that may store files associated with this ransomware and they are:

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

Among affected system components may be the Registry Editor. It is a hierarchical database that contains low-level system settings that are essential for its proper performance. In addition, the values there keep various users preferences. In case that your Windows operating system has been infected by .SOLO files virus it is likely that two registry sub-keys – Run and RunOnce are plagued by the threat.

Such an issue could be explained by the specific functionalities of these two sub-keys. Since they can provide for the automatic execution of ransomware infection files on each system start, .SOLO is likely to add its values under them. The same process could be performed when it’s time for the ransomware to display its ransom note on the screen.

This file is called IHRE_DATEIEN_SIND_VERSCHLUESSELT.html and its purpose is to blackmail you into paying hackers a ransom of 0.2 BTC which is around $1200. It contains message written in German that reads the following:

Alle Ihre Dateien wurden verschlüsselt.
Ihr Computer wurde mit der SOLO Verschlüsselungssoftware infiziert. Ihre Dateien wurden verschlüsselt und können nicht von Ihnen selbst entschlüsselt werden.
Bitte nehmen Sie keine versuche vor, Ihre Dateien selbst zu entschlüsseln, im schlimmsten Fall werden Sie Ihre Dateien beschädigen und somit für immer **unverschlüsselbar machen.**
Um Ihre Dateien zu entschlüsseln, benötigen Sie unsere spezielle Entschlüsselungssoftware:
SOLO Decrypter welche alle Ihre verschlüsselten Dateien sofort entschlüsselt, desweiteren entfernt die Software die SOLO Verschlüsselungssoftware von Ihrem PC.
Der Preis für die Entschlüsselungssoftware beläuft sich auf 0.2 Bitcoin (etwa $1,200).
Bitcoin können Sie auf einen der vielzähligen Krypto-Marktplätzen ganz einfach per Kreditkarte oder Banküberweisung kaufen. Beispiele zu Diensten, wo Sie Bitcoin kaufen können:
Bitpanda – Kreditkarte, SOFORTueberweisung, Giropay, Bankueberweisung
BTC Direct – Kreditkarte, SOFORTueberweisung, Giropay, Bankueberweisung
ANYcoin Direct – SOFORTueberweisung, Giropay, Bankueberweisung
Localbitcoins – Grosse Anzahl an Zahlungsmoeglichkeiten
Coinmama – Kreditkarte
Weitere Möglichkeiten finden Sie mit einer kurzen Google suche nach ‘Bitcoins kaufen’.
Nachdem Sie die benötigte Anzahl an Bitcoins (0.2 BTC) erworben haben, senden Sie diese an die folgende Bitcoin-Adresse:
Adresse:
151oCJ1espbmqya9Vj2xxjxi1APb8zhqYR
Betrag:
0.2 BTC
Nachdem wir den kompletten Betrag erhalten haben, wird ihnen automatisch die Entschlüsselungssoftware zum Download bereit gestellt (bitte nehmen Sie keine modifikationen an dieser Datei vor, damit die ordnungsgemäße Funktionalität sichergestellt ist).
Der komplette Betrag wurde noch nicht bezahlt.
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IHRE_DATEIEN_SIND_VERSCHLUESSELT.html SOLO ransomware virus ransom note sensorstechforum

Here is its version translated in English with the help of automatic translation tool:

All your files have been encrypted.
Your computer was infected with the SOLO encryption software. Your files have been encrypted and can not be decrypted by you.
Please do not try to decrypt your files yourself, in the worst case you will damage your files and thus make them unencryptable forever **
To decrypt your files, you need our special decryption software:
SOLO Decrypter which decrypts all your encrypted files immediately, furthermore removes the SOLO encryption software from your PC.
The price of the decryption software is 0.2 Bitcoin (about $ 1,200).
You can easily buy Bitcoin on one of the many crypto marketplaces by credit card or bank transfer. Examples of services where you can buy Bitcoin:
Bitpanda – Credit Card, Instant Bank Transfer, Giropay, Bank Transfer
BTC Direct – Credit Card, Instant Bank Transfer, Giropay, Bank Transfer
ANYcoin Direct – SOFORT Transfer, Giropay, Bank Transfer
Localbitcoins – Large number of payment options
Coinmama – credit card
You can find more options with a short Google search for ‘buy Bitcoins’.
After purchasing the required number of Bitcoins (0.2 BTC), send them to the following Bitcoin address:
Address:
151oCJ1espbmqya9Vj2xxjxi1APb8zhqYR
Amount:
0.2 BTC
Once we have received the full amount, the decryption software will automatically be made available to you for download (please do not make any modifications to this file to ensure proper functionality).
The complete amount has not yet been paid.
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.SOLO Files Virus – Encryption Process

The primary goal of .SOLO ransomware is data encryption. During the

This article aims to explain what is ransomware encryption and how exactly it works? It also shows you different methods ransomware uses to lock files.
encoding process, the ransomware utilizes one of the most sophisticated cipher algorithms – AES. This cipher replaces the original code of target files with other specifically ordered characters. Following these changes, corrupted files remain inaccessible while their names are set to contain the extension .SOLO.

In order to make you more prone to pay the ransom, hackers usually configure their threats to corrupt all your:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

In addition, .SOLO crypto virus could erase all Shadow Volume Copies from the affected Windows system. This happens with the execution of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

Once shadow volume copies are erased your options to restore files is reduced by one. If a computer device has been infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore some files back to their normal state.

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Below you could find how a step-by-step removal guide that may be helpful in attempting to remove this .SOLO files virus. The manual removal approach demands practice in recognizing 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 it should be secured properly before it could be used regularly again.

The automatic approach enables you to check infected system for ransomware files and remove them with a few clicks after the scan. Reliable anti-malware program is also one of the best ways to protect the PC from ransomware. Additional security layer that will prevent you from ransomware attacks is

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If you want to understand how to fix .SOLO files without paying the ransom of 0.2 BTC (≈ $ 1,200) make sure to read carefully all the details mentioned in the step “Restore files” from the guide below. Beware that before recovery process you should back up all encrypted files to an external drive in order to 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 .SOLO Files Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .SOLO 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 .SOLO 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 .SOLO 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 .SOLO 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.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for .SOLO 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'.

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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 .SOLO Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .SOLO 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 .SOLO Files Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .SOLO 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 .SOLO 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 .SOLO 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 .SOLO 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 .SOLO 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 .SOLO 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 .SOLO Files Virus.

Ransomware infections and .SOLO 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.


.SOLO Files Virus FAQ

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

.SOLO 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 .SOLO Files Virus ransomware infect my computer?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .SOLO 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.

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