How to remove Access ransomware

Malware

About this infection

Access ransomware will attempt to lock your data, which is why it’s categorized as file-encrypting malware. More frequently, it is known as as ransomware. There are numerous ways the threat may have slipped into your device, such as through spam email attachments, infected ads or downloads from sources that are not safe. This will be further discussed in a further paragraph. Familiarize yourself with how ransomware is distributed, because an infection might do serious damage. It may be especially surprising to find your files locked if it’s your first time coming across ransomware, and you have no idea what kind of infection it is. Soon after you notice that something isn’t right, a ransom message will pop-up, which will reveal that so as to unlock the files, you have to pay the ransom. Do not forget who you’re dealing with if you consider paying the ransom, because we doubt cyber crooks will take the trouble sending a decryptor. You are more likely to be ignored after payment than get a decryption utility. This, in addition to that money supporting an industry that’s responsible for millions dollars worth of damages, is why giving into the demands is not the recommended option. We recommend looking into free decryption tool available, maybe a malicious software specialist was able to crack the ransomware and develop a decryption software. Research a free decryptor before considering paying. In case file backup is available, after you uninstall Access ransomware, you can access them there.

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How to avoid a ransomware infection

If you wish this to be the one and only time you have ransomware, we recommend you cautiously study the following paragraphs. Ransomware typically sticks to basic ways, but that’s not to say that more elaborate ones are not used at all. Attaching malicious files to emails and hosting their malware on download websites are what we refer to when we say simple, as it doesn’t need a lot of abilities, therefore low-level ransomware creators/spreaders are able to use them. It is probable that you got your system contaminated when you opened an email attachment. The file infected with malware is attached to a kind of authentic email, and sent to all possible victims, whose email addresses they have in their database. If you’ve never dealing with such a spam campaign, you may fall for it, although if if you know what to look for, it would be quite evident. Certain signs can make it pretty evident, like the sender having a random email address, or countless mistakes in the text. What you may also notice is the sender feigning to be from a known company because that would cause users to lower their guard. So, as an example, if Amazon sends you an email, you still have to check if the email address matches just be sure. In addition, if there is a lack of your name in the greeting, or anywhere else in the email for that matter, it should raise suspicion. Senders whose attachments are important enough to be opened wouldn’t use basic greetings like User, Customer, Sir/Madam, as they would know your name. If you are a customer of Amazon, your name will be inserted in the greeting in every email they send you, as it is done automatically.

If you want the short version, you just need to be more cautious when dealing with emails, primarily, do not rush to open files attached to emails and always make sure the sender is legitimate. And when you are on suspicious sites, be careful to not clickon adverts. If you do, you may end up with ransomware. Advertisements are rarely trustworthy so avoiding them is recommended, even if they are offering something you find appealing. We also suggest to stop using unreliable platforms as download sources, which may harbor malware. Downloads via torrents and such, are a risk, thus at least read the comments to ensure that you’re downloading secure content. In other cases, ransomware can also get in through vulnerabilities found in software. In order for those flaws to not be exploited, your programs need to always be up-to-date. Software vendors release patches a regular basis, all you have to do is authorize their installation.

What does it do

As soon as you open the infected file, the ransomware launches and starts searching for certain file types to lock. Since it has to have leverage over you, all your important files, such as media files, will be locked. In order to lock the identified files, the file-encrypting malware will use a strong encryption algorithm to encrypt your files. If you are uncertain which files were encrypted, check for weird file extensions added to files, if they have them, they have been affected. If you are still unsure about what happened, a ransom message will explain the situation and ask that you pay a certain amount of money to get a decryption program. How much the decryptor costs varies from ransomware to ransomware, you could be demanded $20 or a $1000. While you’re the one to decide whether you will pay or not, do consider the reasons why malware investigators do not recommend paying. However, firstly, look into other ways to restore files. If it is possible for the ransomware to be decrypted, it is possible malicious software analysts have developed a free decryptor. You could also just not recall uploading your files somewhere, at least some of them. Or maybe the Shadow copies of your files are available, which means they might be restorable using a specific program. And if you do not want to risk losing your files again, make sure you do routine backups. However, if you had backed up files prior to the infection taking place, you can restore files after you completely erase Access ransomware.

Ways to erase Access ransomware

Unless you are actually sure about what you’re doing, manual elimination is not recommended. Your device could sustain irreversible harm if a mistake is made. It would be best for you to obtain anti-malware utility to get rid of the ransomware. These security applications are made to protect your computer, and erase Access ransomware or similar malicious threats, therefore you should not encounter any trouble. Your files won’t be recovered by the application, however, as it doesn’t have that ability. Instead, you will have to look into other ways to restore data.

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Learn how to remove Access ransomware from your computer

Step 1. Remove Access ransomware via Safe Mode with Networking

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart. win7 restart How to remove Access ransomware
  2. Tap and keep tapping F8 when your computer starts loading.
  3. In the Advanced Boot Options, select Safe Mode with Networking.
  4. When your computer boots in Safe Mode, open your browser and download anti-malware software of your choice. win7 safe mode How to remove Access ransomware
  5. Use the anti-malware to delete Access ransomware.

b) Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Open Start, press on the Power button, tap and hold Shift and press Restart. win10 restart How to remove Access ransomware
  2. In the menu that appears, Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Start Settings. win 10 startup How to remove Access ransomware
  3. Select Enable Safe Mode (Enable Safe Mode with Networking) and press Restart.
  4. When your computer boots, open your browser and download anti-malware software. win10 safe mode How to remove Access ransomware
  5. Install the program and use it to delete Access ransomware.

Step 2. Remove Access ransomware via System Restore

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart. win7 restart How to remove Access ransomware
  2. Tap and keep tapping F8 when your computer starts loading.
  3. In the Advanced Boot Options, select Safe Mode with Command Prompt. win7 safe mode How to remove Access ransomware
  4. In the Command Prompt window that pops up, type in cd restore and press Enter.
  5. Next type in rstrui.exe and press Enter.
  6. In the window that appears, select a restore point that dates prior to infection and press Next. win7 command prompt How to remove Access ransomware
  7. Read the warning and press Yes. win7 restore How to remove Access ransomware

b) Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Open Start, press on the Power button, tap and hold Shift and press Restart. win10 restart How to remove Access ransomware
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Command Prompt. win 10 startup How to remove Access ransomware
  3. In the Command Prompt window that pops up, type in cd restore and press Enter. win10 safe mode How to remove Access ransomware
  4. Next type in rstrui.exe and press Enter.win10 command prompt How to remove Access ransomware
  5. In the window that appears, select a restore point that dates prior to infection and press Next. Read the warning and press Yes.win10 restore How to remove Access ransomware

Step 3. Recover your data

You can try to recover files in a couple of different ways, and we will provide instructions to help you. However, these methods might not always work, thus the best way to ensure you can always recover your files is to have backup.

a) Method 1. Data Recovery Pro

  1. Use a trustworthy site to download the program, install and open it.
  2. Start a scan on your computer to see if you can recover files. data recovery pro How to remove Access ransomware
  3. If files are found, you can recover them. data recovery pro scan How to remove Access ransomware

b) Method 2. Windows Previous Versions

If System Restore was enabled before your files were encrypted, you can recover them via Windows Previous Versions.
  1. Right-click on the file you want to recover.
  2. Select Properties, and go to Previous Versions. win previous version How to remove Access ransomware
  3. Select the version from the list, press Restore.

c) Method 3. Shadow Explorer

If you are lucky, the ransomware did not delete the Shadow Copies of your files, which are made automatically by your computer in order to prevent data loss in case of a crash.
  1. Open your browser and access shadowexplorer.com to download Shadow Explorer.
  2. Once it is installed, open it.
  3. Select the disk with the encrypted files, choose a date, and if folders are available, select Export. shadowexplorer How to remove Access ransomware

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