How to remove Shinigami virus and restore encrypted files

Shinigami ransomware virus

Shinigami is the malicious program getting into computers mostly via Trojans and scam e-mails. Occasionally hackers use exploits to get into the PC, but they are speedily corrected. After penetration, ransomware scans the PC memory to find the folders to be cyphered and their approximate price. Currently, each modern ransomware is able to cypher image, video, text and audio info in all popular formats. Special attention is attracted to businesslike information, since medium and large companies are the key target for criminals. All software in the system will be unaffected because fraudsters want only information. Encryption is executed via well-known RSA and AES algorithms, and its intricacy is so high that it cannot be bruteforced. This is the foundation for impressive effectuality of this kind of viruses in last years: an ordinary user, even having a very high experience in suchlike things, will never be able to get back the data, and will have no choice except paying to fraudsters. The single method to restore files is to crack the scam website and withdraw the encryption keys. Also there's a chance to retrieve encryption keys due to defects in the code of the virus itself. Scammers demand 50 dollars as a ransom for file recovery.

The item is about ransomware called Shinigami which infects machines around the world, and cyphers the data. In this entry you will see important info about Shinigami's essence, and how to remove Shinigami from your machine. Except that, we'll teach you how to recover the encrypted information and is it possible.

The computer knowledge is quite significant in progressive world, because it helps you to defend the machine from dangerous programs. It's sad to say, but most people understand the significance of PC knowledge only after ransomware infection. You easily can minimize the chances to get encrypting virus by following these principles:

    • Pay attention to the pop-up windows. One of the most efficient methods of file recovery is the recovery from Shadow Copies, and Web-criminals have included the removal of shadow copies into the primary functionality of ransomware. However deletion of shadow copies requires admin rights and your confirmation. Thus, not accepting alterations from a weird program at the right moment, you will reserve the opportunity to recover all corrupted information for free.
    • Monitor the performance of your laptop. It requires a big part of computing power to encrypt the data. In few seconds of infection, the CPU performance decreases, and the encryption process emerges in Process Manager. You might recognize this event and unplug the machine before information will be fully encrypted. Of course, the certain amount of files will be damaged, but you will save the rest of them.
    • Closely inspect your e-mails, particularly those messages that have files attached to them. The #1 model of scam letters is the story about prize winning or parcel receiving. Also you should be attentive with business correspondence, particularly if you don't know the customer who send it and not sure about its content. appeals, lawsuits, summaries, Bills for services and products and similar specific documents don't be sent without warning, and the addressee should know the sender. In all other cases it is a scam.

You should know that the removal of ransomware is only the first and obligatory step for the safe operation of the machine. If you remove ransomware, you will not recover the data immediately, it will require additional actions written down in the following section. In case of ransomware we do not give the by-hand deletion instruction, because its complication and the possibility of errors will be very high for average customer. We don't advise anyone to delete ransomware manually, because it has different defensive mechanisms that will interfere with you. The most common ransomware defensive technique is the deletion of information in case of file decryption or malware deletion attempt. 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


Antivirus 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 steps, described in above paragraph - it's time to recover the files. In fact, this is not literally decipherment, since the encryption methods owned by fraudsters are extremely complicated. There are the few chances, but generally file recovery requires plenty of time and efforts. If you don't want to linger and are willing to get back the information manually - here's the complete entry on that topic.

To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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