How to remove IGAL virus and restore encrypted files

IGAL ransomware virus

IGAL ransomware already infected many computers in different parts of the world via most effective manner: fraud e-mails with dangerous attachments. Occasionally hackers use zero-day vulnerabilities to infect the system, but major program developers quickly correct them. When infection is done, ransomware checks the hard disc, determines the number of folders to be encrypted and their general price. Currently, each modern virus can cypher audio, image, text and video information in all known extensions. High attention is paid to businesslike files, because businessmen are the priority target for criminals. Ransomware corrupts only files with information, and does not spoil the programs, so that the man can use the computer to make the payment. The operation is made with the help of well-known AES and RSA algorithms, and its complexity is so above the average level that decipherment of information with no key is impossible. Such complexity is the base for unbelievable effectuality of this kind of viruses in recent years: common customer, even if he has a very high experience in suchlike things, won't ever get back the files, and will have to pay the price. The single manner to restore the data is to crack the fraudster's website and withdraw the encryption keys. Some skilled hackers can get the keys via faults in the code of the virus itself.

The knowledge of computers is extremely substantial in progressive world, as it helps customer to protect the workstation from computer viruses. For ransomware this is most relevant, because, in contradistinction to most undesired programs, when you delete ransomware from the PC, the fruits of its doings do not disappear anywhere. You easily can minimize the chances to get encrypting virus by following these rules:

    • Monitor the performance of your PC. Data encryption is a complicated act that consumes a high amount of hardware resources. If you see a strange drop in system capacity or see a weird process in the Process Manager, you can switch off the workstation, launch it in safe mode, and search for ransomware. This, if the machine is really infected, will protect a lot of your information.
    • Be careful with the e-mails that contain something more than a message. If you don't know who send the message and it notifies about obtaining some prize, a lost parcel or anything like that, this might be a fraud letter. The other effective type of scam letters is a "business letters". It is normal to take an interest and click on the letter even if it's sent to the improper address, but remember that a single click on the viral file can cost you a lot of time, money and efforts.
    • Take notice to the dialog boxes. If the system is infected by virus, it will seek to remove all copies of your files, to lower the possibility of restoration. The deletion of copies requires administrator rights and user's confirmation. The moment of thought before accepting the pop-up can save your information and your efforts.

Malware removal is not solution of the whole issue - it's just a first turn from many before the complete data restoration. If you get rid of ransomware, you won't recover the data immediately, it will require more measures described in the following section. In case of encrypting virus we don't publish the hand removal tips, because its complication and the possibility of failing is too high for common customer. We do not advise you to eliminate ransomware manually, since it has various defensive mechanics that can counteract you. The most effective viral protection manner is the deletion of files in event of data recovery or malware deletion attempt. To avoid this, abide to 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

If you performed all conditions, mentioned in previous part of an entry - it's time to restore the data. In fact, this is not about decryption, since the encryption algorithms owned by web-criminals are very complex. There are the few exceptions, but generally file recovery requires a lot of time and money. If you can't linger and are ready to restore the information manually - here's the complete article on data recovery.

To restore information, follow the article about files decryption.

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