How to remove .Srpx virus and restore encrypted files

This item is dedicated to .Srpx virus which gets onto customers' machines in diverse countries of the world, and corrupts the files. Here we've compiled complete information about .Srpx's essence, and the uninstalling of .Srpx from your computer. Furthermore, we'll explain how to recover the corrupted data, if possible.

.Srpx is the dangerous program infecting laptops mostly via Trojans and phishing e-mails. Also, hackers use exploits to penetrate the system, but major program developers promptly fix them. When infection takes place, .Srpx inspects the computer memory, defines the amount of files to be encrypted and their rough price. At the moment, any modern ransomware can encrypt image, video, audio and text files in all known formats. Virus corrupts all files, but those that might be business correspondence go first. Virus targets only information, and doesn't affect the software, so that the man can pay the ransom via an infected computer. The process is carried out via world-known encryption algorithms, and it is so complex that that it can't be bruteforced. Such complexity creates basis for such an incredible efficiency of this sort of viruses in recent years: usual user, even if he has a fairly high experience in suchlike things, will never recover the data, and will have no choice except paying to fraudsters. The sole manner to decrypt files is to find the scam website and get the master key. Also there's a chance to get encryption keys due to defects in the code of the virus itself. The corrupted files get .srpx extension, and the amount of ransom is 0.25 BTC.

The computer knowledge is very substantial in our century, because it helps user to guard the computer from dangerous programs. For encrypting software this is very relevant, since, in contradistinction to most dangerous programs, after removing ransomware from the PC, the effects of its actions do not vanish anywhere. To protect your system, you have to remember a three basic principles:

    • Don't neglect the symptoms that your machine shows. Data encryption is a sophisticated operation that uses a lot of computer resources. If you notice a sudden drop in PC performance or detect a suspicious string in the Process Manager, you should shut down the PC, start it in safe mode, and run the anti-malware. These measures, in case of penetration, will protect a lot of your information.
    • Do not admit any alterations to your computer, coming from unknown software. The simplest method of file restoration is the restoration through Shadow Copies, and the creators of viruses have added the elimination of shadow copies in the default functionality of ransomware. The deleting of shadow copies needs administrator rights and user's confirmation. Thus, not confirming alterations from a strange software at the right time, you will save the chances to restore all encrypted information free of charge.
    • Be cautious with the messages which contain files. The very effective template of fraud letters is the story about prize winning or package obtaining. The other effective sort of scam messages is a "business messages". It is normal to take an interest and read the letter even if it is obviously not for you, but remember that one click on the viral file might cost you a lot of efforts, time and money.

Ransomware deletion isn't answer to the whole problem - it's only a one step on the long road before the total file restoration. To get back the information you'll need to familiarize with the instructions in the below section of our entry. To uninstall .Srpx, user has to load the machine in safe mode and scan it with AV-tool. High grade ransomware can't be removed even with help of antivirus-software, and have lots of efficient mechanics of protection. The very effective ransomware protection manner is the uninstalling of data in case of data restoration or malware removal attempt. This is very undesirable, and the below part will assist you to avoid 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 made all actions, mentioned in previous part of an article - it's time to restore the information. We won't try to decypher the files, but we'll restore them using Windows functionality and the special software. There are the few exceptions, but usually data recovery takes lots of time and money. If you picked the by-hand information recovery - take a look at this article, which describes all the most efficient methods.

To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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