How to remove Stinger virus and restore encrypted files

Stinger ransomware virus

Stinger ransomware already infected thousands of laptops around the world with help of most effective manner: false e-mails with dangerous attachments. Occasionally fraudsters use zero-day vulnerabilities to infect the computer, but they are promptly fixed. After the infection, ransomware scans the PC memory, determines the amount of files for encryption and their general value. Nowadays, any new virus is able to encrypt video, audio, text and image info in all known extensions. Stinger corrupts all files, but the ones that might be business records go first. Ransomware encrypts only information, and doesn't spoil the programs, so that the man can use his PC to pay the ransom. The operation is executed via famous encryption algorithms, and it is so sophisticated that that decryption of data without a key is impossible. Such complexity creates basis for impressive efficiency of ransomware in recent years: an ordinary customer, even if he has a very high knowledge of the computer, won't ever get back the data, and will have no choice except paying to criminals. The only method to recover files is to crack the fraudster's webpage and withdraw the encryption keys. Also there's a chance to withdraw the keys due to flaws in the code of the virus itself. The corrupted files acquire .stinger extension, and requires 100 $ for data recovery.

This page is dedicated to Stinger ransomware which gets into users' PC around the world, and cyphers their files. Here you can see full information on what is Stinger, and how to remove Stinger from the laptop. Besides, we will explain how to recover the cyphered information and is it possible.

For all types of computer viruses, one statement is true: it is much simpler to dodge it than to cure it. Statistically, most people comprehend the significance of PC literacy only when ransomware takes over their workstations. To shield yourself, you must remember a few basic principles:

    • Monitor the condition of your computer. File encrypting is a complicated operation that needs a lot of system resources. When the ransomware is starting to operate, the PC slows down, and the encrypting process emerges in Process Manager. You may catch this event and unplug the system before data will be totally lost. These measures, if the workstation is really infected, will save some of your data.
    • Do not admit any changes to the PC, originating from suspicious programs. The simplest way of information restoration is the restoration from Shadow Copies, so fraudsters have added the elimination of SC in the default features of ransomware. However removal of shadow copies needs admin rights and confirmation from the user. So, if you do not accept changes from a weird software at the proper time, you will reserve the way to restore all encrypted data for free.
    • Attentively examine your e-mails, especially the messages that have files attached to them. The #1 template of scam letters is the story about prize winning or package obtaining. The #2 efficient kind of scam letters is a "business messages". It is OK to be interested and read the message even if it might be not for you, but remember that a single click on the attached file may cost you lots of money, headache and time.

Virus removal is not the happy end - it's only a first move from many until the total data recovery. To decrypt the files you should follow the instructions in the below part of this article. To get rid of any malware, you need to start the laptop at safe mode and run the scanning via antivirus. Some viruses can't be deleted even through antivirus-software, and have other efficient mechanisms of defense. Some viruses are able to totally erase cyphered information, or part of it, when trying to delete the program. To neutralize this, follow the guide 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 ransomware from the machine, you should restore the encrypted data. We're not able to decrypt the files, but we'll get them back via Windows functionality and the special software. There are the certain chances, but usually data restoration requires lots of time and efforts. If you don't want to linger and are ready to recover the data by hand - here's the complete entry on that topic, follow the article about files decryption.

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