“On my Windows computer, I am finding an additional “.ecc” File Extension on all type of file formats like .doc, .jpg, .avi, .mp3, .xls, .ppt etc. means to say that I can't access any files on my computer. When I click to open any file, then Windows does not recognize the file and fails to view and a text file opens. According to the text file, I will have to pay money to get access of files. What is .ecc File Extension? How it encrypt my files? Should I pay to get private keys that unlock my files?”
If your files are encrypted with a “.ecc” File Extension then your computer is infected by a TeslaCrypt ransomware. It is very clear that when your files get encrypted with .ecc File Extension Ransomware then you can't open your files by only deleting .ecc File Extension from your files. The ransomware program uses a very strong file encryption algorithm AES-256. This is a very powerful encryption method and never allow users to open encrypted files in readable format. Although removing .ecc file extension change the file icon in proper format but contents are not viewed in their readable format. With encryption of saved files on targeted computer the ransomware also make a .txt or .html file that contains all instructions for victims to pay the ransom amount. It demands the ransom amount in bitcoins through Tor browsers. So it is impossible to track your payment.
How .ecc File Extension Ransomware get success to infiltrate into your computer? As mentioned above, this is a malicious program so likewise any other malware it can sneak into your computer and bypass anti virus protection easily. It can be driven by downloads when users unwarily download bundled freeware or shareware. When such downloads take place and user install entire software package then .ecc File Extension Ransomware also get a stealthy installation on their computer without any consent of user. It may enter as a Spam email attachment file and just with a single click to open the file, it get activation. To make payment of ransom amount to cyber criminals is not a ideal solution to fix this issue. Cyber criminals can easily refuse to provide private keys to unlock your file after getting the ransom amount and you can't make any conversation with them. So you should take steps to remove .ecc File Extension Ransomware permanently from your computer as mentioned in this post.
What To Do If Your PC Get Infected By .ecc File Extension Ransomware
The ransomware infection has been mainly designed with the purpose to scare users and trick their money. It take your files on hostage and demand ransom to return your important data. But now the question is what you can do when your system got infected by .ecc File Extension Ransomware virus? Here are some option that you can use to get rid of this nasty infection.
Don’t Panic – Well the first thing is Don’t panic and then completely check out your system for any working files. If you got any working files then copy it to USB drive.
Pay Ransom – Other option is you can pay the ransom and wait to get your files back. (really a bad option)
Use Backup – Clean you entire system files, remove the infection completely from your PC and restore your files with any backup.
Remove Infection – You can also delete .ecc File Extension Ransomware virus using malware removal tool and remove all the infected files. You can later recover all your data by using any data recovery tool. (In case you don’t have backup of your files.) – Recommended Method.
Reinstall Windows – The last option is reinstall your Windows OS. It will completely remove all your data as well as infection. You will get a completely new infection free PC.
How To Remove .ecc File Extension Ransomware Virus From Your PC
Step 1 – Boot your computer in Safe mode.
Step 2 – Remove the infected registry entry files.
- Click Windows Flag and R button together.
- Type “regedit” and click OK button
- Find and delete following entries.
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain “Default_Page_URL”
HKEY_LOCAL_Machine\Software\Classes\[.ecc File Extension Ransomware]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\[.ecc File Extension Ransomware]
Step 3 – Remove From msconfig
- Click Windows + R buttons simultaneously.
- Type msconfig and press Enter
- Go to Startup tab and uncheck all entries from unknown manufacturer.
Step 4 – Restart your computer normally.
Check your computer now. If the virus has gone then you can start using your computer. If the infection still remains then head to the next step.
Step 5 – System Restore
- Insert Windows installation disk to CD drive and restart your PC.
- While system startup, keep pressing F8 or F12 key to get boot options.
- Now select the boot from CD drive option to start your computer.
- Then after you will get the System Recovery Option on your screen.
- Select the System Restore option from the list.
- Choose a nearest system restore point when your PC was not infected.
- Now follow the option on your screen to Restore your computer.
If the above manual methods didn’t removed .ecc File Extension Ransomware virus then you have only option to remove infection using a malware removal tool. It is last and the only option that can easily and safely remove this nasty threat from your computer.
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