How to remove Rote virus and restore encrypted files

Rote ransomware virus

Rote ransomware had penetrated hundreds of computers around the world via most effective method: fraud e-mails with dangerous attachments. Also, fraudsters use zero-day vulnerabilities to take control over the system, but major program developers promptly fix them. After penetration, Rote examines the hard disc to find the files to be cyphered and their rough price. At the moment, any modern ransomware is able to cypher image, video, text and audio files in all known extensions. Extra attention is paid to businesslike information, since representatives of business are the main objective for criminals. All programs on hard drive will be safe because criminals are interested only in information. The process is performed via famous encryption algorithms, and its intricacy is so above the average level that it can't be bruteforced. Such complexity gives root for unbelievable effectuality of ransomware in recent years: common user, even if he has a very good knowledge of the computer, will never be able to get back the files, and will have no way out except paying the ransom. The sole method to decrypt the data is to find the fraudster's website and obtain the master key. Sometimes it is possible to obtain encryption keys through defects in viruse's program code.

The article is dedicated to Rote virus which infects users' computers around the world, and corrupts the files. Here we've assembled important info about what is Rote, and how to uninstall Rote from the workstation. Besides, we'll explain how to recover the encrypted data and is it possible.

There is one common feature for all kinds of computer viruses: it is way easier to avoid it than to get rid of its consequences. For encrypting software it's very relevant, as, unlike most viruses, when you uninstall ransomware from the computer, the consequences of its actions won't disappear anywhere. To guard your workstation, you need to understand a three basic principles:

    • Attentively inspect your emails, specifically those messages which have attached files. The very effective model of scam messages is the notification about prize gaining or parcel earning. Also you should be watchful with business correspondence, especially if the sender and the content is unknown. claims, summaries, Bills for services and products, lawsuits and suchlike specific information cannot come accidentally, and you, as a minimum, should know the sender. Otherwise, it is a fraud.
    • Monitor the status of your laptop. It requires much of CPU resources to encode the data. If you mention a significant drop in PC power or notice a unwanted string in the Process Manager, you should switch off the PC, start it in safe mode, and search for viruses. Naturally, some data will be encrypted, but the rest of them will remain intact.
    • Pay attention to the pop-ups. If the machine is penetrated by Rote, it will seek to eliminate the shadow copies of your data, to decrease the possibility of recovery. The deletion of shadow copies requires admin rights and operator's confirmation. So, if you do not confirm alterations from a unknown software at the right moment, you will keep the way to recover all corrupted data for free.

We draw your attention to the fact that removing Rote is only the, first move, which is compulsory for the normal work of the PC. To recover the data you should familiarize with the advices in the below chapter of this entry. In case of ransomware we do not give the manual deletion guide, since its complication and the probability of faults appears to be too high for average user. High grade ransomware can't be removed even via AV-tool, and have other efficient types of protection. Many encrypting viruses can totally remove corrupted data, or some of it, if somebody tries to uninstall the program. To neutralize this, follow the guide under this paragraph.

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 deleting Rote from the laptop, it only remains to recover the encrypted information. In fact, this is not literally decipherment, as the encryption manners used by scammers are extremely complex. Commonly, to get back the data, you should seek help on specialized forums or from celebrated ransomware researchers and AV program vendors. If you don't want to wait and are ready to get back the data manually - here's the full article on data recovery.

To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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