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EncryptServer2018 ransomware. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Ransomware

EncryptServer2018 ransomware may spread across the servers as well

The illustration of EncryptServer2018 ransomware

EncryptServer2018 virus is a file-encrypting computer threat which might infect not only a single computer, but a whole server and encrypt data stored there. After the encryption, files are renamed into a long string of characters and appended with .2018 extension. Victims receive Attention!!!!.txt ransom note which urges to contact the crooks via Tornado_777@aol.com email address and pay the ransom in Bitcoins. 

The fraction of the ransom note by Encrypt Server 2018 ransomware:

Attention !!!

All your files on this server have been encrypted.
Write this ID in the title of your message

To restore the files need to write to us on e-mail: tornado_777@aol.com or BM-2cXXgKAo8HzUmijt8KMywZYHm8xDHhxwZg@bitmessage.ch
The price for restoration depends on how quickly you write tous.
After payment we will send you a decryption tool that willdecrypt all your files.

Additionally, the cybercriminals try to earn victims' trust by offering a free decryption of 3 files. They must neither contain valuable information not be more than 1 MB. At this point, we want to inform you that this is merely a trick to swindle money from you. Even if they decrypt those documents, it does not necessarily mean that you will receive EncryptServer2018 decryptor.

Therefore, you are advised NOT to pay the ransom and remove EncryptServer2018 virus right away[1]. Note that there are alternative ways how you can recover the encrypted files. You can either use backup copies stored in the cloud or try our decryption steps which are appended at the end of this article.

For EncryptServer2018 removal we recommend using Reimage. It is tested by our experts and suited for regular computer users. In case you have another security software, make sure that it is robust enough to deal with ransomware. If yes, feel free to use it as well.

Also, it might be easier for you to get rid of EncryptServer 2018 virus by following the step-by-step guide. You can find it below together with the decryption guidelines. Make sure to read it attentively and do not skip steps. 

The peculiarities of ransomware distribution

Usually, cybercriminals take advantage of inexperienced computer users and exploit their reckless behavior online. In other terms, they distribute ransomware as obfuscate packages, files, attachments, etc. Typically, the malicious file tries to resemble a legitimate company or brand to trick users into opening it.

One of the most popular ways how ransomware reaches victims' systems is spam emails[2]. They often impersonate invoices or shopping receipts. The letter encourages to open the attachment for further details. Unfortunately, it is malicious and drops the executable of the file-encrypting virus once clicked.

Additionally, you can download the ransomware by thinking that it is a legitimate software update. Note that such fraud ofter appears on peer-to-peer (P2P) networks or bogus pop-up ads. You should neither visit shady file-sharing websites nor click on less than reliable advertisements if you want to protect your system.

Uninstall EncryptServer2018 virus with the help of anti-malware tool

While you might think that you are able to get rid of EncryptServer2018 virus without any assistance, we can assure you that it will probably lead you to permanent computer damage. Experts from LosVirus.es[3] suggest you rely on a professional malware removal tool.

We recommend you remove EncryptServer2018 with Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. Run a full system scan and let it eliminate this high-risk computer thread. Afterward, you will be able to proceed to recover your files. For that, use the guide below.

Additionally, if you are unable to start EncryptServer2018 removal, you might need to reboot your system into Safe Mode. The instructions how to do that are appended at the end of this article.

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To remove EncryptServer2018 virus, follow these steps:

Remove EncryptServer2018 using Safe Mode with Networking

You can disable the virus and prepare your computer for ransomware removal by rebooting it to 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 EncryptServer2018

    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 EncryptServer2018 removal.

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

Remove EncryptServer2018 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 EncryptServer2018. 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 EncryptServer2018 removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove EncryptServer2018 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 EncryptServer2018, you can use several methods to restore them:

Data Recovery Pro should help you

Our experts highly recommend this tool since it can not only recover files after ransomware attack but also if you have accidentally deleted them.

  • 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 EncryptServer2018 ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Try Windows Previous Versions feature

Those you have System Restore function enabled before ransomware infiltration should definitely try this alternative recovery method.

  • 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”.

ShadowExplorer might be helpful

In case the ransomware failed or didn't even aimed to delete Shadow Volume Copies, you can try to use this professional software to recover encrypted data.

  • 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.

Sadly, there is no EncryptServer2018 decryptor yet

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from EncryptServer2018 and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes

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Gabriel E. Hall
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