How to remove .onion3cry virus and restore encrypted files

.onion3cry ransomware virus

That item is about ransomware called Onion3cry that penetrates customers' computers in different countries of the world, and cyphers their files. Here we've assembled complete information on what is Onion3cry, and how to uninstall Onion3cry from your machine. Except that, we will tell you how to get back the corrupted data and is it possible.

Onion3cry ransomware had infected hundreds of machines around the world with help of easiest way: scam messages with dangerous attachments. Also, hackers use exploits to get into the PC, but they are promptly fixed. When infection takes place, Onion3cry reviews the hard drive to find the files to be cyphered and their approximate price. Nowadays, each new ransomware can encrypt video, text, image and audio files in all popular formats. Ransomware encrypts all folders, but those that could be business documents go first. All programs on hard drive will be unaffected because fraudsters want only information. The operation is performed via famous AES and RSA algorithms, and its complexity is so high that decryption of files with no key is impossible. Such complexity creates foundation for unbelievable success of this type 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 way out except paying the ransom. The only method to restore the data is to find the fraudster's website and obtain the encryption keys. Some skilled malware researchers can withdraw these keys via defects in viruse's program code. The corrupted files acquire .onion3cry-open-DECRYPTMYFILES extension, and the amount of ransom is between 500$ and 1500$ in bitcoins.

The knowledge of computers is quite significant in our century, since it helps customer to guard the machine from hazardous software. It's sad to say, but 90% of customers see the significance of computer knowledge just when ransomware penetrates their machines. It's very easy to minimize the chances of getting ransomware if you'll follow these regulations:

    • Be cautious with the messages which contain files. The #1 template of fraud messages is the notification about prize winning or parcel receiving. Also you should be watchful with business correspondence, especially if the sender's address and the content is unknown. lawsuits, Bills for services or goods, reports, summaries and similar specific information don't come accidentally, and the addressee should know the person who sent it. In all other cases it is a fraud.
    • Do not neglect the red flags that your hardware and software displays. It needs much of hardware power to encrypt the files. If you observe a sudden decrease in laptop capacity or detect a strange process in the Process Manager, you need to switch off the PC, boot it in safe mode, and run the AV-tool. These measures, in case of penetration, will save a lot of your data.
    • Don't admit any alterations to your system, coming from suspicious software. If the PC is penetrated by virus, it will seek to delete all copies of the data, to decrease the possibility of recovery. However removal of shadow copies needs admin rights and acceptance from the operator. The second of thinking before confirming the pop-up might save your information and your efforts.

Onion3cry uninstalling is not answer to the whole problem - it's only a one step in the long road before the complete data restoration. To decrypt the data you should follow the tips in the below chapter of this entry. To get rid of any malware, you have to load the system at safe mode and run the scanning through antivirus. We don't recommend anyone to uninstall the virus by hand, because it has various protection mechanisms that could counteract you. The very effective ransomware protection manner is the uninstalling of information on the chance of file decryption or virus deletion attempt. This is very bad, and the following part will assist you to deal 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


Antivirus scanner

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Step 5. Disable Safe mode

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

Deactivate Safe mode

After erasing the ransomware from the workstation, it only remains to get back the encrypted data. We won't try to reverse the encryption, but we'll get them back through Windows features and the particular software. There are the certain chances, but usually file recovery needs lots of time and efforts. If you picked the independent information restore - read this article, which describes all the easiest manners.

To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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