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Remove Virus-Encoder Ransomware And Restore Encrypted Files

If your files have been compromised and you have received a threatening message, similar to the one below in the form of a wallpaper, page on your web browser or a .txt file, there is a good chance you have the ransomware virus-encoder on your computer. The virus-encoder ransomware is associated with several different email addresses and it infects the user files by encrypting them and making them unable to be opened. This is done with the purpose of extorting users to pay ransom payments to the cyber-criminals for the unlocking of their data. Security researchers strongly advise to remove this malicious code from your computer with an advanced anti-malware sofrtware and to back up your data to further protect it from this and other atacks.

NameVirus-Encoder Ransomware
TypeRansomware infection
Short DescriptionThe virus penetrates system defenses and encrypts user files making them impossible to open.
SymptomsChanged wallpaper, text document or other way to notify the user for ransom instructions. Encrypted files with .FFF extension.
Distribution MethodSpam mail or malicious links. Possible via infected software, social media and file sharing networks as well.
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Virus-Encoder Ransomware
User ExperienceJoin our forum to follow the discussion about Virus-Encoder Ransomware.
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.
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.

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Virus-Encoder Ransomware – How Did My Files get Encrypted

There are many variants of this nasty ransomware trojan, such as Helpme@freespeechmail.org ransomware and one way each of them to slip onto the user PC is by clicking once on an infected email attachment. Attachment such as microsoft office files associated with malicious macros or files with the following formats are mostly malware-containing.

→dll; .exe; ;.tmp .bat; .cmd; .html;

The .exe and .bat files may be one of several different attachments, but since some users often have programs such as Mozilla Thunderbird and Microsoft Outlook that block out spam mails, there may be hotlinks or html files that may redirect the user to a drive-by download website.
More to it, this vile threat may be on malicious sites to which users may have been misled by clicking on online ads or being redirected because of an unwanted ad-supported program on their computer. Such programs are outlined as low-level threats and they are not being detected as viruses, however they are indirectly dangerous for the user PC.

More About Virus-Encoder Ransomware

Once is has been executed in the victim`s PC, the ransomware trojan may begin to replicated various different files in it. Some of those files may be the malicious .dll and .exe files that perform devious tasks in the user PC as well as the files with the ransom message.
Once it has created the executables, the virus then may create registry entries in HKEY_LOCAL_USER that may allow it to run on system start-up. After it has finished with the preparation phase, the ransomware then begins to perform scans in the Windows file system for different file types, main of which may be:

→cfg; .img; .pdf; .doc; docx; .mp3; .mp4; .xml; .3gp;

These and other files may be encrypted with one of the following extensions:

crypt@india.com
decode@india.com
hairullah@inbox.lv
hairullah@mail.bg
email1_sos@decryptfiles.com
email2_zuza@protonmail.com
file1@openmailbox.org
file2@openmailbox.org
file2backup@inbox.lv
helpme@freespeechmail.org

After scanning for and encrypting files, the ransomware may then proceed to the final stage – covering its tracks and setting the ransom message. The ransom message may be set as a wallpaper and most users who had the ransomware complain that it had instructions to contact one of the above-mentioned emails/extensions for details on how to pay.

Security experts believe that the masterminds behind the Virus-Encoder ransomware use Tor networking to mask their trails from the user and the law.
In case you have bumped into such ransomware it is highly advisable to swiftly disconnect from the internet and to never comply with the attackers`s demands, because of several different reasons:
1)There is no guarantee that they will restore your files.
2)There is a method for file decryption that is proven to work, mentioned below.
3)Paying to the cyber-crooks only funds them to enhance their research and improve the malware.

Removing Virus-Encoder Ransomware Completely and Restoring Your Files

If you want to fix the damage done by this nasty ransom trojan you need to remove it from your computer, first. In order to do this, you should use the step-by-step instructions after this paragraph to help you with getting rid of this ransomware and using the file-decryption instructions for your data afterwards.

The most highly recommended method for decryption is to use a safe PC and to copy and try to decrypt your files in it. After it is done it is recommended to simply reinstall Windows with all the software and install a powerful anti-malware tool that will protect you from malware like this attack before it even happens. Of course you can also try this tutorial using anti-malware to automatically remove it without having to reinstall your OS:

Removing Virus-Encoder Ransomware

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Virus-Encoder Ransomware

1. Boot Your PC Into Safe Mode

1. For Windows 7,XP and Vista. 2. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10.

For Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:

1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
2. Select one of the two options provided below:

For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.

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For PCs with multiple operating systems: Òhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.

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3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.

4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account

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While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.

Step 1: Open the Start Menu

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Step 2: Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
Step 3: After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.

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Step 4: You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.

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Step 5: After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.

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Step 6: Click on Restart.
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Step 7: A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart.

2. Remove Virus-Encoder Ransomware with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

2. Remove Virus-Encoder Ransomware with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove Virus-Encoder Ransomware.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove Virus-Encoder Ransomware.
Step 1:Click on the “Download” button to proceed to SpyHunter’s download page.

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It is highly 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.

Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any Virus-Encoder Ransomware files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

3. Back up your data to secure it against infections and file encryptions by Virus-Encoder Ransomware in the future

3. Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

Security engineers recommend that you back up your files immediately, preferably on an external memory carrier in order to be able to restore them. In order to protect yourself from Virus-Encoder Ransomware (For Windows Users) please follow these simple steps:

1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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2-Type Backup And Restore
3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by Virus-Encoder Ransomware.
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1-Press Windows button + R
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2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from Virus-Encoder Ransomware.

1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from Virus-Encoder Ransomware is on.
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Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by Virus-Encoder Ransomware should be restored.

Restoring Files Encrypted by Virus-Encoder Ransomware

To restore files encrypted by the Virus-Encoder ransomware successfully, you should use the aftermentioned instructions:

Instructions to decrypt and restore files encrypted by Virus-Encoder.

NOTE! Substantial notification about the Virus-Encoder Ransomware threat: Manual removal of Virus-Encoder Ransomware requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Virus-Encoder Ransomware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Virus-Encoder Ransomware

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 Virus-Encoder Ransomware 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 Virus-Encoder Ransomware 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 Virus-Encoder Ransomware 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 Virus-Encoder Ransomware 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 Virus-Encoder Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and Virus-Encoder Ransomware 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:

If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:

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2. On the download page, click on the "Download" button:

3. Click on "Save File" button:

4. Accept all agreements and click "Next":

5. After all the "Next" steps, click on "Install" and then wait for the installation to complete:

6. Run the software. Click on the location to scan for missing or deleted files and click on "Scan":

7. Wait for the scan to complete, it may take some time. Be advised that this scan is not 100% guaranteed to recover all files, but it does have some chance to get your data back:


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Virus-Encoder Ransomware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Virus-Encoder Ransomware and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 Virus-Encoder Ransomware:

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 Virus-Encoder Ransomware. 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 Virus-Encoder Ransomware. 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 Virus-Encoder Ransomware 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 Virus-Encoder Ransomware. 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.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Virus-Encoder Ransomware files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Virus-Encoder Ransomware, 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 Virus-Encoder Ransomware on your Mac.

Ransomware for Mac Virus-Encoder Ransomware 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.

1. Download the recommended Data Recovery Mac app by clicking on the link underneath:

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