How to remove Asasin virus and restore encrypted files

asasin ransomware virus

This article is about virus called Asasin (a new version of Locky virus) which gets onto users' machines around the world, and corrupts their data. In this article you can see full info about Asasin's essence, and the uninstalling of asasin from your workstation. Except that, we'll tell you how to restore the cyphered information, if possible.

Asasin ransomware already penetrated many computers around the world through basic manner: fraud e-mails with viral attachments. Also, web-criminals use exploits to get into the system, but they are speedily corrected. When infection is done, the virus reviews the computer memory to find the folders for encryption and their rough worth. At the moment, any modern ransomware knows how to cypher audio, text, image and video information in all most used extensions. Extra attention is attracted to businesslike files, because representatives of business are the priority target for hackers. All software in the system will be safe because hackers want only information. Encryption is made with the help of famous encryption algorithms, and its complexity is so above the average level that decryption of data without a key is impossible. This is the ground for such an incredible efficiency of this type of viruses in last years: an ordinary PC operator, even if he has a fairly good experience in suchlike things, won't ever decrypt the data, and will have to pay the price. The sole method to get back the data is to hack the fraudster's site and retrieve the master key. Sometimes it is possible to get the keys due to flaws in viruse's program code. The corrupted files get .asasin extension, and requires 0.3 BTC to decrypt files.

The computer knowledge is extremely important in modern world, since it helps user to protect the workstation from computer viruses. For ransomware this is very important, because, unlike most undesired software, after removing ransomware from the system, the fruits of its doings will stay. To shield yourself, you must understand a few simple regulations:

    • Monitor the status of your PC. It requires a big part of computing power to encrypt the information. If you see a noticeable fall in PC power or notice a unknown string in the Process Manager, you can shut down the computer, launch it in safe mode, and run the antivirus. Naturally, some information will be encrypted, but you will save the other part.
    • Be cautious with the messages that contain something more than a message. The #1 pattern of scam letters is the notification about prize winning or parcel earning. You also should be careful with business-related e-mails, especially if you don't know the person who send it and not sure what's inside. lawsuits, summaries, reports, Bills for services or goods and suchlike important files cannot be sent without warning, and the receiver should know the person who sent it. Otherwise, it is a fraud.
    • Pay attention to the dialog boxes. If the system is polluted by malware, it will attempt to remove all copies of the data, to lower the chances of restoration. The deletion of shadow copies needs administrator rights and operator's acceptance. So, not confirming changes from a suspicious program at the proper moment, you will reserve the way to decrypt all lost data for free.

We draw your attention to the fact that the elimination of the virus is only the first and compulsory move for the regular work of the system. To restore the data you should familiarize with the instructions in the below paragraph of this entry. To get rid of the virus, you have to launch the PC in safe mode and scan it through antivirus. High class viruses can't be eliminated even through AV-software, and have lots of serious mechanics of security. Some encrypting viruses can fully erase corrupted data, or some of it, when trying to eliminate the program. To avoid 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 fulfilled all conditions, described in above part of an article - it's time to decypher the data. Actually, this is not about decryption, as the encryption manners used by fraudsters are too complex. There are the certain exceptions, but usually data restoration takes plenty of time and efforts. If you choose the independent file recovery - take a look at this article, which describes all the very efficient methods.

To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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