How to remove Exte virus and restore encrypted files

Exte ransomware virus

Exte ransomware already penetrated many computers in various countries with help of basic manner: fraud messages with dangerous attachments. Sometimes fraudsters use exploits to take control over the PC, but well-known program companies quickly fix them. When infection is done, ransomware examines the PC memory, determines the amount of files to be cyphered and their rough price. Currently, each modern ransomware can encrypt video, audio, text and image information in all known formats. Special attention is paid to businesslike files, because medium and large companies are the main target for hackers. All programs in the system will be safe since hackers want only information. Encryption is carried out through famous AES and RSA algorithms, and it is so sophisticated that that decipherment of files without a key is impossible. Such complexity is the base for such an incredible effectuality of ransomware in last years: common customer, even having a very good experience in suchlike things, won't ever be able to decrypt the data, and will have to pay ransom. The single manner to get back the data is to crack the scam webpage and withdraw the master key. Some experienced hackers can withdraw the keys via flaws in viruse's program code.

That item is dedicated to Exte ransomware which penetrates customers' PC in all countries of the world, and cyphers their files. Here we've assembled important information on Exte's essence, and the removal of Exte from your PC. Except that, we will explain how to recover the corrupted data, if possible.

The computer knowledge is highly substantial in our century, as it helps you to protect the machine from dangerous programs. For ransomware it's very important, as, in contradistinction to normal suspicious programs, after removing ransomware from the computer, the effects of its doings do not disappear anywhere. You easily can decrease the chances to get ransomware by following these advices:

    • Do not accept any changes to your computer, originating from strange software. The simplest way of file restoration is the restoration via Shadow Copies, and scammers have added the elimination of shadow copies in the default functionality of viruses. Anyway, deletion of shadow copies requires admin rights and your verification. If you'll think for few seconds before confirming the checkbox, it can save your data and your efforts.
    • Be cautious with the messages that contain data. If you don't know the user who send the message and it notifies about winning some prize, a lost parcel or anything like that, this could be a fraud message. You also should be careful with business correspondence, especially if you don't know the sender and not sure about its content. lawsuits, complaints, Invoices for products and services, summaries and other specific documents do not come accidentally, and the addressee should know the sender. In all other cases it is a fraud.
    • Don't disregard the signs that your computer shows. It takes a lot of computing resources to encrypt the information. If you notice a significant reduction in system performance or detect a unknown process in the Process Manager, you can unplug the computer, load it in safe mode, and scan for malware. Surely, some data will be corrupted, but the other part of them will be safe.

Ransomware removal isn't the happy end - it's just a first move in the long road until the complete data recovery. To decrypt the files you should read the instructions in the following chapter of our article. In case of ransomware we do not publish the by-hand deletion guide, since its complexity and the probability of errors is too high for regular user. We do not suggest you to eliminate Exte manually, because it has numerous defensive mechanisms that will interfere you. Qualitative malware can fully delete corrupted information, or some of it, if user attempts to uninstall the virus. This is extremely bad, and the following part will assist you to cope with it.

Removal instruction

Step 1. Boot into Safe mode

Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe

Safe mode. Step 1

On the tab Boot select Safe boot

Safe mode. Step 2

Step 2. Check Startup folder

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable unknown programs in the Startup tab


Step 3. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 4. Scan the system with antiviral scanner


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Step 5. Disable Safe mode

Start -> Msconfig.exe ->Disable Safe boot in the Boot tab

Deactivate Safe mode

If you fulfilled all conditions, described in above paragraph - it's time to restore the data. In fact, this is not about decryption, since the encrypting algorithms owned by web-criminals are very complex. There are the certain chances, but generally data restoration takes a lot of time and money. If you're more interested in the independent information restore - take a look at this item, which shows all the safest ways.

To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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