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EDA2 ransomware virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Ransomware

New EDA2 ransomware variant wants to receive the ransom as soon as possible

When EDA2 virus hits a computer, expect no good. This ransomware-type computer infection is critical and installing it on the system means losing your personal data permanently. In the ransom note that virus creates and saves on the desktop (DecryptFile.txt), virus’ authors claim to be using RSA-4096 encryption[1] to corrupt data on the target computer, which is extremely strong and undefeatable. Sadly, files encrypted with such cipher can be recovered only by using a special decryption key[2], which cybercriminals suggest buying for 0.15 Bitcoin[3], which is equal to $134. The virus demands to pay up shortly; otherwise the ransom price doubles to $267. In case the victim refuses to pay the bigger price, the virus threatens to destroy the only hope to restore them – the decryption key.

Questions about EDA2 ransomware virus

To help the victim understand the extent of encrypted data, the virus marks each encrypted file by adding an extra file extension to it – .L0CKED. Reportedly, other EDA2[4] variants add .ded or .coded file extensions. If you see these file extensions on your files, it means they have been encrypted. Obviously, you might start hesitating whether to pay the ransom or not. There are many reasons why you shouldn’t do so. First of all, paying the ransom doesn’t guarantee that data will be recovered. In many cases, cyber criminals fail to fulfill their part of the agreement and provide the decryption software. We doubt that you want to be left without your files and your money, so we suggest you try data recovery methods described below the article. Second, paying the ransom only fuels criminals’ motivation to continue illegal activities. Therefore, you should think about EDA2 removal instead of searching for ways to obtain Bitcoins. To remove EDA2 malware, we suggest using Reimage or Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner.

EDA2 ransomware encrypts files

How did this virus slither into my computer system?

Ransomware viruses are usually covered with several obfuscation layers, and they can reach the victim in the form of a malicious link, hideous email attachment, or part of a bogus software update[5]. It is important to understand that relying on common sense might fail to protect your computer since malware developers use very tricky techniques to deceive users and make them install such no-way-back virus. However, you should remember that staying away from vague-looking emails can save your data from malicious attempts to encrypt it. Even if the sender claims to be from Amazon, Paypal, or other legitimate company, double-check the sender’s email and look if the message contains any grammar mistakes (these are the typical points that help to identify a scam). What is more, you should never click on ads hosted on shady third-party websites. Clicking on them can take you to really nasty places on the Internet. If you ever accidentally enter a shady-looking website, better quit it immediately. Finally, beware of malware that travels along freeware and set Advanced or Custom settings when installing software.

How to delete EDA2 virus from the system?

If EDA2 virus has already struck and successfully encrypted your files, there are several different options of what you can do next. You can obey to attackers’ demands and pay the ransom (not recommended), or you can remove EDA2 ransomware from the system and use the backups you have to restore lost data. Sadly, many people do not take care of backups on time, and when ransomware hits their computers, they have no chance to recover lost files easily. If you are one of those victims who do not have a backup, we suggest you follow these data recovery steps that are provided here. However, you should carry them out only after EDA2 removal procedure.

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To remove EDA2 virus, follow these steps:

Remove EDA2 using Safe Mode with Networking

If your computer has been compromised, please do not panic. There is a slight chance that your files can be recovered, but please remove EDA2 malware carefully first. You can find EDA2 removal steps below.

  • 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 EDA2

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete EDA2 removal.

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

Remove EDA2 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 EDA2. 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 and make sure that EDA2 removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove EDA2 from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by 2-spyware.com security experts.

If your files are encrypted by EDA2, you can use several methods to restore them:

Get help from Data Recovery Pro

In case you have no backups, use Data Recovery Pro. This tool might help you to restore lost files.

  • Download Data Recovery Pro;
  • Follow the steps of Data Recovery Setup and install the program on your computer;
  • Launch it and scan your computer for files encrypted by EDA2 ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Let the ShadowExplorer find Volume Shadow Copies

Some viruses are programmed by amateur programmers who forget to add a function that deletes Volume Shadow Copies. These copies can be used to restore corrupted files. Use ShadowExplorer to check if Volume Shadow Copies are still on your computer.

  • Download Shadow Explorer (http://shadowexplorer.com/);
  • 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 EDA2 and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes

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