How to remove Bot ransomware

Malware

About this threat

Bot ransomware file-encoding malware, more commonly known as ransomware, will encode your data. Infection may mean, you could lose access to your files permanently, so infection is no simple matter. Furthermore, contamination happens very quickly, therefore making file encoding malicious program a very harmful threat. A large factor in a successful ransomware infection is user negligence, as infection commonly infects through spam email attachments, infected adverts and malicious downloads. As soon as a device gets infected, the encoding process begins, and once it is completed, criminals will demand that you give money in exchange for a way to decode files. Between $100 and $1000 is likely what you will be asked to pay. Consider everything carefully before complying with the demands, no matter how little money you are asked for. It’s not 100% guaranteed you will get your data back, even after paying, considering there is nothing stopping crooks from simply taking your money. If your data still remains locked after paying, it would not be that shocking. It would be a better idea to buy backup instead of giving into the demands. You will be presented with a lot of different options, but it shouldn’t be difficult to pick the best option for you. And if by accident you do have backup, just delete Bot ransomware and then proceed to file recovery. This isn’t likely to be the last time malicious software will enter your machine, so you ought to be ready. In order to protect a system, one must always be on the lookout for potential malware, becoming informed about their spread methods.


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Ransomware distribution methods

Users normally corrupt their devices with data encoding malware via infected files attached to emails, pressing on infected ads and downloading from sources they shouldn’t. More elaborate methods are not as common.

If you are able to remember opening a file which you got from an apparently legitimate email in the spam folder, that might be where you got the file encrypting malicious software from. Malicious software would simply have to add the corrupted file to an email, and then send it to hundreds/thousands of users. It’s not uncommon for those emails to contain money-related topics, which encourages users to open it. What you can expect from a file encrypting malware email is a general greeting (Dear Customer/Member/User etc), grammatical errors, strong suggestion to open the file attached, and the use of an established firm name. A company whose email is important enough to open would not use general greetings, and would use your name instead. It is also rather evident that that crooks tend to use big names like Amazon so that users don’t become distrustful. Clicking on ads when on questionable websites and using dangerous sites as download sources may also lead to an infection. Be very cautious about what adverts you press on, especially when on questionable websites. And attempt to stick to official download sources as often as possible, because otherwise you are endangering your system. One thing to remember is to never download anything, whether software or an update, from pop-up or any other kinds of advertisements. If a program was in need of an update, you would be notified through the application itself, not through your browser, and most update without your interference anyway.

What does it do?

Researchers are always warning about the dangers of data encoding malicious programs, essentially because infection would lead to permanent data loss. And it takes minutes to have your data encrypted. All encrypted files will have an extension attached to them. Strong encryption algorithms will be used to make your data inaccessible, which can make decrypting files for free likely impossible. A note with the ransom will then launch, or will be found in folders that have encoded files, and it should explain everything, or at least attempt to. The ransom note will offer you a paid decryption utility but we suggest you ignore the demands. You are dealing with crooks, and they may just take your money providing you nothing in return. Moreover, your money would support their future projects. The easy money is constantly luring cyber criminals to the business, which reportedly made more than $1 billion in 2016. We would advise investing in some kind of backup, which would always be there if something happened to your files. Situations where your files are put in danger might occur all the time, but if you had backup, file loss wouldn’t be a possibility. We would suggest you ignore the demands, and if the threat still remains on your device, uninstall Bot ransomware, in case you require assistance, you may use the guidelines we present below this report. If you become familiar with how these infections are distributed, you should be able to avoid them in the future.

Bot ransomware removal

We warn you that anti-malware program will be required to fully get rid of the file encoding malicious program. If you want to uninstall Bot ransomware manually, you might end up causing further harm, which is why we can’t recommend it. A wiser choice would be using credible malicious program elimination software. Those programs are designed to locate and terminate Bot ransomware, as well as all other potential threats. However, if you aren’t sure about where to begin, instructions can be seen below. Just to be clear, anti-malware will merely get rid of the infection, it is not going to decrypt your files. In certain cases, however, malware researchers can develop a free decryption utility, so occasionally check.

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Learn how to remove Bot ransomware from your computer

Step 1. Remove Bot ransomware via Safe Mode with Networking

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart. win7 restart How to remove Bot 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 Bot ransomware
  5. Use the anti-malware to delete Bot 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 Bot ransomware
  2. In the menu that appears, Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Start Settings. win 10 startup How to remove Bot 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 Bot ransomware
  5. Install the program and use it to delete Bot ransomware.

Step 2. Remove Bot ransomware via System Restore

a) Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP

  1. Start → Shutdown → Restart. win7 restart How to remove Bot 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 Bot 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 Bot ransomware
  7. Read the warning and press Yes. win7 restore How to remove Bot 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 Bot ransomware
  2. Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Command Prompt. win 10 startup How to remove Bot ransomware
  3. In the Command Prompt window that pops up, type in cd restore and press Enter. win10 safe mode How to remove Bot ransomware
  4. Next type in rstrui.exe and press Enter.win10 command prompt How to remove Bot 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 Bot 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 Bot ransomware
  3. If files are found, you can recover them. data recovery pro scan How to remove Bot 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 Bot 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 Bot ransomware

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