Ender Ransomware is considered to me extremely dangerous ransomware infection. It can cause you detrimental damage and lock your files. If you are a victim of this virus, please continue reading this article. We will provide you with in-depth description about features of this virus as well as the way to recover your files and protect computer.
All about Ender Ransomware
Ender ransomware can be compared to other similar infections, just like Anoncrack ransomware or Asasin ransomware virus because they all use the same AES encryption scheme. Unfortunately, this type of encryption is very difficult to puzzle out thus most of the time users just lose their files for good. However, it seems like Ender ransomware only claims to employ this technology but actually can’t encrypt files, so things are much better in this case.
Even though it is not completely clear where this infection comes from, it is most likely to be distributed via spam emails, as an attached file. That’s why we highly suggest not to open any attachments to emails sent by someone you don’t know, especially if the email was found in the spam category. For this purpose it is wise to protect your computer with anti-malware software featuring real-time protection. In this case scenario, you would be immediately warned about possible threats and the file would be automatically killed, thus avoiding ransomware infection.
If it happens so that you let those malicious files into your computer one way or another, Ender Ransomware will be automatically installed and it will detect files that can be possibly encrypted. However, it looks like this ransomware is fake or unfinished (in a beta mode) because it can’t actually lock files. By default, ransomware infection should add some kind of extension to the end of every file that it encrypts. In this case, nothing will be added and no files will be encrypted.
However, you will notice a new message on your screen – it will lock your screen without ability to unlock it by simply killing the malicious process on task manager. This way some users get scared and think that their computer is at danger and that their files are encrypted for real.
You will be asked to purchase a special key that should be typed into the input box on the lockscreen. Price of the key is 1 Bitcoin and that’s around $5700 at the current exchange rate. We have some good news – free keys are leaked online, so you won’t have to pay bitcoins in order to unlock your screen.
Unlock keys for Ender Ransomware:
Enter either one of these keys and your screen should be unlocked. That leads us to the conclusion that this Ender ransomware is fake – it has no working encryption engine and only tries to scam people and make easy money.
However, even if you unlock your screen, malicious files still need to be removed from your computer. Easiest way to do that is to download reliable anti-malware application – Spyhunter and run a full scan. The virus will be gone for good just in a few moments.
Ender Ransomware quicklinks
- All about Ender Ransomware
- Unlock keys for Ender Ransomware:
- Automatic Malware removal tools
- How to recover Ender Ransomware encrypted files and remove the virus
- Step 1. Restore system into last known good state using system restore
- 1. Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt:
- 2.Restore System files and settings.
- Step 4. Use Data Recovery programs to recover Ender Ransomware encrypted files
Automatic Malware removal tools
How to recover Ender Ransomware encrypted files and remove the virus
Step 1. Restore system into last known good state using system restore
1. Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt:
for Windows 7 / Vista/ XP
- Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK.
- Press F8 key repeatedly until Advanced Boot Options window appears.
- Choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
for Windows 8 / 10
- Press Power at Windows login screen. Then press and hold Shift key and click Restart.
- Choose Troubleshoot → Advanced Options → Startup Settings and click Restart.
- When it loads, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list of Startup Settings.
2.Restore System files and settings.
- When Command Prompt mode loads, enter cd restore and press Enter.
- Then enter rstrui.exe and press Enter again.
- Click “Next” in the windows that appeared.
- Select one of the Restore Points that are available before Ender Ransomware has infiltrated to your system and then click “Next”.
- To start System restore click “Yes”.
Step 2. Complete removal of Ender RansomwareAfter restoring your system, it is recommended to scan your computer with an anti-malware program, like Spyhunter and remove all malicious files related to Ender Ransomware. You can check other tools here.
Step 3. Restore Ender Ransomware affected files using Shadow Volume CopiesIf you do not use System Restore option on your operating system, there is a chance to use shadow copy snapshots. They store copies of your files that point of time when the system restore snapshot was created. Usually Ender Ransomware tries to delete all possible Shadow Volume Copies, so this methods may not work on all computers. However, it may fail to do so. Shadow Volume Copies are only available with Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. There are two ways to retrieve your files via Shadow Volume Copy. You can do it using native Windows Previous Versions or via Shadow Explorer. a) Native Windows Previous Versions Right-click on an encrypted file and select Properties → Previous versions tab. Now you will see all available copies of that particular file and the time when it was stored in a Shadow Volume Copy. Choose the version of the file you want to retrieve and click Copy if you want to save it to some directory of your own, or Restore if you want to replace existing, encrypted file. If you want to see the content of file first, just click Open.
b) Shadow Explorer It is a program that can be found online for free. You can download either a full or a portable version of Shadow Explorer. Open the program. On the left top corner select the drive where the file you are looking for is a stored. You will see all folders on that drive. To retrieve a whole folder, right-click on it and select “Export”. Then choose where you want it to be stored.
Step 4. Use Data Recovery programs to recover Ender Ransomware encrypted filesThere are several data recovery programs that might recover encrypted files as well. This does not work in all cases but you can try this:
- We suggest using another PC and connect the infected hard drive as slave. It is still possible to do this on infected PC though.
- Download a data recovery program.
- Install and scan for recently deleted files.