How to remove BTCware virus and restore encrypted files

BTCware is the unwanted software infecting machines mainly through e-mail spam and Trojans. Occasionally fraudsters use zero-day vulnerabilities to take control over the PC, but big program vendors promptly fix them. After the infection, the virus examines the hard disc to find the files to be cyphered and their approximate worth. At the moment, each modern ransomware is able to encrypt image, video, text and audio info in all popular formats. Special attention is paid to business information, since representatives of business are the key objective for criminals. BTCware targets only files with information, and doesn't spoil the programs, so that the user can use his machine to make the payment. Encryption is performed via world-known RSA and AES algorithms, and it is so complicated that that decryption of data without a key is impossible. Such complexity gives reason for impressive effectuality of this sort of viruses in last years: common user, even if he has a fairly good experience in suchlike things, will never get back the data, and will have no choice except paying to criminals. The sole method to restore the data is to hack the scammer's webpage and get the encryption keys. Some skilled hackers can retrieve these keys via defects in the code of the virus itself.

This entry is about BTCware virus that infects customers' PC in different countries of the world, and encrypts the files. Here you will see full info on BTCware's essence, and the deletion of BTCware from the laptop. Except that, we will teach you how to recover the corrupted information, if possible.

The computer knowledge is extremely significant in modern world, because it helps user to guard the machine from computer viruses. Unfortunately, 90% of customers realize the significance of PC literacy only after ransomware infection. You easily can minimize the chances to get ransomware if you'll follow these principles:

    • Closely examine your e-mails, specifically the messages that have attached files. The very efficient pattern of fraud messages is the notification about prize gaining or package earning. The other common type of such letters is a "business letters". It is OK to take an interest and read the e-mail even if it is obviously not for you, but don't forget that one click on the viral file can cost you a lot of money, headache and time.
    • Take notice to the pop-up windows. The simplest manner of file recovery is the restoration via Shadow Copies, so fraudsters have included the elimination of shadow copies into the basic functionality of malware. The deletion of copies requires administrator rights and acceptance from the operator. So, if you don't confirm changes from a unknown software at the proper moment, you will reserve the chances to decrypt all encrypted information for free.
    • Monitor the status of your PC. Information encrypting is a intricate operation that requires a high amount of system resources. In the first seconds after the infection, the PC slows down, and the encryption process appears in Process Manager. You might recognize this moment and switch off the workstation before data will be completely encrypted. Surely, some data will be lost, but the other part of them will be safe.

BTCware removal isn't answer to the whole issue - it's only a first turn on the long road before the total data restoration. If you uninstall virus, you won't return the files instantly, it will require more measures written down in the following section. To remove BTCware, you need to load the PC at safe mode and scan it through AV-tool. We do not recommend you to remove BTCware manually, because it has various protection mechanics which could counteract you. Many encrypting viruses can completely erase cyphered data, or part of it, if somebody attempts to uninstall the virus. To neutralize this, follow the advices below.

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

After uninstalling the malware from the workstation, you should get back the encrypted information. Due to the overall roughness of BTCWare code and structure, and thanks to many days of work of skilled malware fighters, the decryptor for BTCWare is now freely available for everyone. If you have now files that were encrypted by BTCWare - just follow the link below and use the decrypter to recover them.

To restore information, download the BTCWare decryptor.

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