EncS ransomware (Free Guide) - Decryption Steps Included

encS virus Removal Guide

What is encS ransomware?

encS ransomware is the virus that locks files on the computer and demands money from the victim for the alleged data unlocking

encS ransomwareencS ransomware - the virus that shows short message for victims in the text file placed on the desktop and in other folders with encrypted data. encS ransomware – cryptovirus that encrypts audio, video files and pictures, documents, or even databases and backups. Threat tries to ensure the complete lockdown of your files, so there are no other options left but to pay the demanded ransom. This is the updated version of the DeathHiddenTear ransomware, so the extension that is placed on encrypted files can be either .encS or .encL. However, the first one is more common and used more often, hence the name of this variant. This appendix comes after the original file name and is placed at the end, after primary file-type extension, so for example, when Picture.jpg gets encrypted, you cannot see the content or even the logo of this file, it becomes blank. Also, the file name is altered to Picture.jpg.encL or Picture.jpg.encS. Unfortunately, you cannot see what is in the document or video file when the original code is changed, so you cannot know which files are especially valuable. This is a dangerous type of malware because it involves blackmailing and money transfers. Users may get permanently damaged devices and lose money after payments that still result in no decryption key. So remain calm and try to remove the ransomware without contacting these people.

Name encS ransomware
File marker The family is marking files with .encS or .encL extensions that mark encrypted files indicating affected data from untouched pieces
Ransom note Decrypt Instructions.txt is the file that the virus places on the machine in various places, so victims can find instructions and ways to fix the affected files. This file contains a brief message about encryption that states that victim needs to write creators to get the opportunity to decrypt files
Contact email JackieData@cock.li is the email address that criminals prefer to be contacted when the payment can be transferred for the decryption key. This is not recommended because malware creators can install other files on your machine or disappear when you transfer the money
Family DeathHiddenTear ransomware is the initial version of the cryptovirus that was released earlier and can possibly be decrypted if you contact Michael Gillespie. Since this is the updated version of the primary virus, there is no information about possible decryption for files affected by encS files virus
Distribution Files with malicious script and purpose of dropping the ransomware payload get added to spam emails as file attachments. Macros[1] get enabled by the user additionally and triggers the malicious script
Elimination encS ransomware removal is the procedure that should involve anti-malware programs that can detect[2] and remove this virus with associated programs and other malware
Repair AV detection engines can terminate the virus but not the virus damage. For such in-depth cleaning and PC repair, get FortectIntego or different system optimizer and recover system functions needed for the data recovery

Even though encS ransomware virus affects common types of files with this encryption process, it manages to alter settings of the system, so you cannot access options for data recovery and features that help with virus removal. When the ransom note file Decrypt instructions.txt is delivered on your screen, it seems that the solution is contacting people behind the virus and paying the asked amount.

However, experts[3] never recommend contacting such criminals since they only focus on getting money and damaging as many systems as possible. You have no idea how big this ransom is. In most cases, these payments are asked in the form of cryptocurrency and can go up to hundreds of dollars or even thousands.

The safest way to deal with such infection is to remove the virus using anti-malware tools and then clean the machine from any traces, encS ransomware virus damage before you fully restore those encoded files. Data backups can help you the most, so storing copies of your files on an external device may be the best habit in such instances.

Unfortunately, not all users tend to back up their files, and when they encounter encS ransomware virus infection there are fewer options for them. Remember to stay away from contacting virus creators and ignore the encouragement to pay that is displayed in the ransom note:

All of your files are encrypted, to decrypt them write us to email: JackieData@cock.li

Ignoring this message from encS ransomware creators can ensure that your machine is not affected by additional malware that can be sent by criminals when you write them yourself. Once you wrote the email, you need to pay the demanded amount because criminals only care for your money, there is no time for negotiation.

However, recommendations from security experts include cleaning the system, performing encS ransomware removal, and ignoring these messages. If you go straight for virus termination once you receive the message, you may save some parts of the machine if the virus hasn't started to alter settings and system folders yet. encS ransomware virusencS ransomware is the cryptocurrency extortion-based threat that locks files and demands payment for the unlocking procedure. Your machine can get infected with encS ransomware with help from trojans, worms, and other malware. You may not even notice this payload drop, so the infiltration is happening way before the encryption process and other symptoms. Unfortunately, that means your computer may be altered and damaged significantly before you even get this note on the screen.

You need to remove encS ransomware as soon as possible and use proper anti-malware tools for that, so all the associated programs, malware, and applications get deleted at once without leaving anything behind. There might be additional stages that release other malware on the machine after the ransomware infection, so you definitely need to double-check and use reliable software.

Depending on data recovery before terminating encS ransomware virus itself can be risky and dangerous because your files can get encrypted or otherwise damaged by the malware that runs on your computer. The system needs to be virus-free before you add external devices with data backups or rely on third-party programs.

You can rely on Safe Mode or System Restore features that allow proper encS ransomware elimination. Below the article, we prepared a step by step guide for these functions. Also, we strongly recommend repairing functions of the operating system with FortectIntego and similar system optimization tools. You can check for affected system files, damaged settings, and repair parts of the OS like registry entries to ensure the smooth performance. encS cryptovirusencS file locking virus is the money-demanding virus that makes data useless by encrypting those images and documents, archives.

Spam campaigns deliver malware-laced files

Trojans, worms, other malware programs can silently infiltrate the machine and run background processes, infect machines with additional threats like ransomware. Especially ransomware. Such payload drop is silent and can happen directly in the system while the user is unaware.

Also, ransomware itself and these intruders that are designed to spread crypto-malware all can reach your device from malicious emails, pirated software cracks, and game cheats downloaded from torrent sites and services or malicious pages. The most common way to infect safe-looking files is macro viruses that need to be enabled by the user when the “Allow content” form shows up on the document, and the payload is loaded.

You can rely on official sources only, get programs from providers, and reliable sites to avoid these instances. Also, pay closer attention to emails, senders, and files attached to these safe-looking notifications that, in reality, include malware infection-triggering data. Be more suspicious and delete any questionable material from the email box. It is better to be safe than sorry.

encS ransomware virus elimination includes the use of professional anti-malware tools

Make sure to remove encS ransomware from the machine completely, so your device is running smooth, and data recovery is not going to end with damaged files. To achieve these results, go for professional anti-malware tools or security programs like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes and run the full system scan, so all the parts of the machine can be thoroughly checked.

After the encS ransomware removal, it is important to ensure that the system you plan adding new files too is safe. Any traces of the cryptovirus can affect the performance or even trigger encryption still. Get FortectIntego or a PC repair tool that you already trust and check for corrupted system files that can interfere with performance. Then fix these issues and safely restore encrypted data using your backups or third-party apps.

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Getting rid of encS virus. Follow these steps

Manual removal using Safe Mode

When the AV tools get disabled by the encS ransomware, you can reboot the machine in Safe Mode with Networking and then freely run the program

Important! →
Manual removal guide might be too complicated for regular computer users. It requires advanced IT knowledge to be performed correctly (if vital system files are removed or damaged, it might result in full Windows compromise), and it also might take hours to complete. Therefore, we highly advise using the automatic method provided above instead.

Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Networking

Manual malware removal should be best performed in the Safe Mode environment. 

Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  1. Click Start > Shutdown > Restart > OK.
  2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 button (if that does not work, try F2, F12, Del, etc. – it all depends on your motherboard model) multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list. Windows 7/XP
Windows 10 / Windows 8
  1. Right-click on Start button and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down to pick Update & Security.
    Update and security
  3. On the left side of the window, pick Recovery.
  4. Now scroll down to find Advanced Startup section.
  5. Click Restart now.
  6. Select Troubleshoot. Choose an option
  7. Go to Advanced options. Advanced options
  8. Select Startup Settings. Startup settings
  9. Press Restart.
  10. Now press 5 or click 5) Enable Safe Mode with Networking. Enable safe mode

Step 2. Shut down suspicious processes

Windows Task Manager is a useful tool that shows all the processes running in the background. If malware is running a process, you need to shut it down:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details.
    Open task manager
  3. Scroll down to Background processes section, and look for anything suspicious.
  4. Right-click and select Open file location.
    Open file location
  5. Go back to the process, right-click and pick End Task.
    End task
  6. Delete the contents of the malicious folder.

Step 3. Check program Startup

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Go to Startup tab.
  3. Right-click on the suspicious program and pick Disable.

Step 4. Delete virus files

Malware-related files can be found in various places within your computer. Here are instructions that could help you find them:

  1. Type in Disk Cleanup in Windows search and press Enter.
    Disk cleanup
  2. Select the drive you want to clean (C: is your main drive by default and is likely to be the one that has malicious files in).
  3. Scroll through the Files to delete list and select the following:

    Temporary Internet Files
    Recycle Bin
    Temporary files

  4. Pick Clean up system files.
    Delete temp files
  5. You can also look for other malicious files hidden in the following folders (type these entries in Windows Search and press Enter):


After you are finished, reboot the PC in normal mode.

Remove encS using System Restore

Go for System Restore feature and recover the machine in a previous state when malware was not active

  • 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 encS. 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 FortectIntego and make sure that encS removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

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

Data Recovery Pro is the application that can restore files affected by the encS ransomware virus

When you need a program that restores data after encryption or accidental delegation, you can rely on Data Recovery Pro

  • 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 encS ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Windows Previous Versions helps with encoded files

When System Restore gets enabled, you can rely on Windows Previous versions and recover encrypted valuables

  • 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 – a method for encS ransomware encrypted file recovery

When encS ransomware is not affecting Shadow Volume Copies, you can use this alternative

  • 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.

encS ransomware decryption tool is not released yet

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

How to prevent from getting ransomware

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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