Rote File Virus (.rote Extension) - Removal Recovery (Update Jan. 2020)
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Rote File Virus (.rote Extension) – Removal and Recovery Guide

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Rote virus removal guide and instructions. What is Rote virus? How to remove Rote virus from your system? Is the recovery of Rote virus files possible?

Rote Ransomware

Rote Ransomware is a serious threat and should not be taken lightly, even though there is a decryption software that is being worked on and many of its past variants have been successfully decrypted. With that said, Rote Ransomware is the newest variant of the threat and might not be decrypted within months to come. If you need more information on this threat continue reading this post as all details of the Rote Ransomware virus will be discussed below.

Rote Virus

Rote virus or otherwise known as .rote file virus is ransomware based on the code of STOP ransomware. It encrypts files by appending the .rote extension to them, making them inaccessible. All encrypted files will receive the .rote extension as a secondary one. Another extension will be added before it that is generated on a random principle. The Rote ransomware drops a ransom note, which gives instructions to victims on how they can allegedly restore their data.

.rote File Extension

The extortionists want you to pay a ransom for the alleged restoration of your files, same as with a lot of ransomware viruses. .rote Virus File ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows system. All encrypted will receive the .rote extension alongside a random generated one. That extension will be placed as a secondary one to each file and look something like .rote. Audio, video, image files as well as documents, backups and banking data can be encrypted by the ransomware.

Threat Summary

Name Rote Virus
File Extension .rote
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files by appending the extension .rote to them making them inaccessible. Ransom fee demanded.
Ransom Demanding Note _readme.txt
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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Rote Ransomware

Rote Files Virus could spread its infection in various ways. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the Internet. The cryptovirus might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Read the tips for ransomware prevention from our forum.

As a strain of STOP ransomware which is the top ransomware threat in the past few months, the Rote virus is an infection that modifies integral system settings in order to infect said system and achieve persistence.

The so-called .rote Files Virus is a cryptovirus that encrypts your files and shows a window with instructions on your computer screen. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom for the alleged restoration of your files. The Rote Virus is proven to be a variant of the STOP ransomware family as malware researchers have found a lot of similarities in their code. Rote Files ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and interfere with processes in Windows.

After encryption the .rote Files virus will place a ransom note message inside files scattered across your computer. You can see the message in the file _readme.txt.

The ransom message inside the text file, states the following:

ATTENTION!

Don’t worry, 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:
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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” or “Junk” folder if you don’t get answer more than 6 hours.

To get this software you need write on our e-mail:
restorefiles@firemail.cc

Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
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Your personal ID:

You should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Your .rote files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that.

The extortionists have set the ransomware to encrypt all files with the .rote extension. All types of files such as documents, archives, backups, video, audio, pictures and even banking data can be encrypted by the Rote virus variant of STOP ransomware.

The ransomware could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore your files back to normal.

Remove Rote File Virus

Rote Ransomware Removal

If your computer got infected with the .rote File Virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Rote Virus from Windows.


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

Ransomware infections and Rote 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:

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

and

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 Rote Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Rote Virus and remove related files and objects

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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 Rote 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 Rote 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 Rote 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 Rote 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 Rote 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.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Rote Virus files from your Mac

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

Ransomware for Mac Rote 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.

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

4 Comments

  1. AvatarSteve and Jennifer

    Hello, we have our family photos encoded by this thing. We read a lot on other forums and your articles and from what I understand there are online and offline keys and the online are hard to recover, is that so? Then, for the .rote virus infection are the files recoverable?

    Reply
  2. Tsetso MihailovTsetso Mihailov (Post author)

    @Steve and Jennifer
    Unfortunately, the .rote variant of STOP ransomware is not recoverable (decryptable) yet. This is the latest iteration of the ransomware and it will take months if the virus is to be recovered.

    Keep checking the article, as if there is such an update, we at SensorsTech will keep you posted.

    Reply
    1. AvatarROBERT

      ESPERO ME COMUNIQUEN SOBRE ALGUNA SOLUCION A ESTA VARIANTE DE ROTE

      Reply
  3. AvatarROBERT

    GRACIAS POR EL AVISO SOBRE EL ARCHIVO INFECTADO POR ROTE TENGO INFECTADO MI EQUIPO POR ESTE VIRUS , QUEDO A LA ESPERA EN N FUTURO PROXIMO ME AVISEN DE ALGUNA SOLUCION A MI PROBLEMA

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