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Remove Anubis ransomware / virus (Removal Guide) - Oct 2017 update

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Anubis ransomware now appends .anubi file extension

Anubis ransom note

Anubis ransomware is a file-encrypting virus[1] which is based on EDA2 ransomware. Malware has been spotted on October 2016, encoding files with .coded file extension. However, almost one year later, in 2017, researchers discovered a brand new variant of ransomware. This August Anubi NotBTCWare has been noticed appending [].anubi extension to targeted data.

Questions about Anubis ransomware virus

The original version of Anubis virus is also known as Coded ransomware or .coded file extension virus due to the suffix appended to targeted audio, video, image or text files. Then the malicious program also changes desktop wallpaper with a picture of the Egyptian god and short message, which includes the following information:


Time is the most valuable thing you can have.
At the moment all files on computer encrypted.
Do you want to understand how to get your data and save time,
Whrite to this address:

Then the virus asks to contact ransomware developers via email:

Email to me: or

The victim is asked to write a message to the first email address, and in case no one replies within 48 hours, try to get in touch with crooks via the second listed email. Anubis malware says that the victim should read the information provided by “Decrypt instructions” file, which the virus generates and saves on the desktop.

This malevolent computer program is designed to be destructive, and it is nearly impossible to sort out what the decryption key (essential for data recovery) is. If you have been infected with this harmful virus, please do not listen to criminals’ commands and do not pay the ransom.[2] There is no guarantee that you will get your files back even if you pay the ransom.

Us, like any other malware researchers, recommend you to remove Anubis virus as soon as possible, and if you do not have an anti-malware[3] program, we recommend Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego program. Please do not try to eliminate this ransomware manually because it is not as easy as you think. Ransomware is not a regular program, and it does not provide an uninstaller.

The revival of ransomware: Anubi NotBTCWare virus emerges on August 2017

The new version of Anubis ransomware seemed to be related to BTCWare. However, after the investigation, it was named as Anubi NotBTCWare virus. This crypto-malware adds [].anubi file extension to the targeted files and provides data recovery instructions in __READ_ME_.txt.

The ransom note asks to contact criminals via email address to learn how much they have to pay for the data recovery. According, to the message, the size of the ransom is set based on how fast victims write to hackers. The final deadline – 36 hours. Later the decryption key is said to be deleted. However, you should still not trust developers and remove Anubi NotBTCWare with an antivirus program.

The picture of Anubis ransomware virusAnubis ransomware continues threatening computer users.

Infiltration methods of the ransomware viruses

Ransomware viruses are distributed in the form of safe-looking files, and that is why we say that the discussed virus spreads and acts as a Trojan horse. Typically, crooks create a safe looking file, for example, Word document, and insert malicious scripts into it.

Then they add such file to an email message and send it to thousands of victims. In most cases, criminals target employees of large enterprises and send such deceptive emails[4] to their work emails, because they expect to infect the entire computer network with the help of one inattentive employee. Experts from No Virus[5] remind to be careful and stay away from emails that come from unknown individuals.

However, you can also get infected with ransomware after visiting a malicious website that contains an exploit kit. You can get redirected to such site by clicking on a malware-laden ad, so please be attentive and think before clicking on links, banners, or pop-up ads, no matter what they offer to you.

Elimination guide for Anubis ransomware

To safely remove Anubis virus from the system, we recommend using removal instructions provided below. You can try to start your anti-virus tool right away, but we highly suggest you start the PC in a Safe Mode with Networking first to prevent the virus from deleting your files or damaging your computer even more.

Keep in mind that Anubis removal has to be performed with reputable antivirus or malware removal program. For this ask, we recommend one of these tools: Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes. Don’t forget to update security software before running a full system scan.

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To remove Anubis virus, follow these steps:

Remove Anubis using Safe Mode with Networking

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove Anubis

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete Anubis removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove Anubis using System Restore

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of Anubis. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and make sure that Anubis removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove Anubis from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by security experts.

If your files have been encrypted and .coded file extensions have been added, you might start thinking whether you should pay the ransom or not. We strongly recommend you not to do so. If you pay, criminals are going to spend your money however they want and continue their illegal activities with joy. Besides, they might not provide you with the decryption software at all. To recover your files, use a data backup or one of the data recovery methods described below.

If your files are encrypted by Anubis, you can use several methods to restore them:

Previous Copies method

If you enabled System Restore some some time ago, you can try to recover some files using these instructions:

  • Find an encrypted file you need to restore and right-click on it;
  • Select “Properties” and go to “Previous versions” tab;
  • Here, check each of available copies of the file in “Folder versions”. You should select the version you want to recover and click “Restore”.

Volume Shadow Copies method

To decrypt .coded files, you do not necessary need Anubis decryption software. You can try to recover some files by searching for Volume Shadow Copies, which might still be on your computer (if the virus failed to remove them). These instructions should help you with that:

  • Download Shadow Explorer (;
  • Follow a Shadow Explorer Setup Wizard and install this application on your computer;
  • Launch the program and go through the drop down menu on the top left corner to select the disk of your encrypted data. Check what folders are there;
  • Right-click on the folder you want to restore and select “Export”. You can also select where you want it to be stored.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Anubis and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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  1. Nay11 says:
    October 18th, 2016 at 10:45 am

    ransomware after ransomware… again and again… when are these cyber criminals going to stop. well I guess never, we live in a world of technology… cyber crime has moved to the virtual world i guess…

  2. Helga says:
    October 18th, 2016 at 10:47 am

    my files are encrypted… so annoying ugh

  3. paulina says:
    October 18th, 2016 at 10:48 am

    i have deactivated the virus and the entire system is virus-free but files are encrypted. I guess I will back them up and hope for the best. Maybe someday someone will discover the key to data recovery…

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