.Thor File Virus Ransomware Removal

Remove .Thor File Virus Ransomware with our free removal instructions which also cover how any .Thor File file can be recovered.

Countless threats are waiting for us on the Internet. Among the worst of them, we can distinguish the so-called Ransomware. This is a type of malicious software that is responsible for blocking your data or your screen and then demanding a ransom for giving the access back to you. The particular program discussed in this article is named .Thor File. Specialists in the field identify it as file-encrypting Ransomware. Below we will describe all the subtypes of this malware and we will give some specific details about this particular virus.

Ransomware: nature and versions

The viruses based on Ransomware are extremely invasive and dangerous. They need no permission to enter your PC and perform whatever they have been programmed to achieve. Here is a list of the different versions of Ransomware and what they do.

  1. Normally, the most common type comprises of the programs that encrypt files. They infect your computer, scan your drives, define your most cherished files and encrypt them. Then you usually receive a notification stating that you need to pay ransom for the encoded data. .Thor File belongs to this widely spread and extremely hazardous subtype.
  2. Another pretty common type of Ransomware is the so-called screen-locking version. The programs from this group are known to simply make your desktop unavailable to you by hiding it behind the ransom message pop-up that appears. In that message you will see all the information about the different payment methods you may use for sending your money to the hackers and accessing your screen again.
  3. Sometimes Ransomware may affect your mobile devices as well. The mobile-devices infecting Ransomware works in a way similar to the monitor-blocking subtype. It only makes the screen of your device inaccessible and the ransom payment is required again.
  4. Even the ‘good guys’ – the police and other state agencies may use such viruses to punish cyber criminals and make them pay for whatever they have done. So, we can say that Ransomware at least has one positive usage.

Of course, as you might expect, new viruses appear every day and this list will need to be updated with time, as there may appear new possible usages for the Ransomware-based viruses. Another important point of this article is the list with all the potential means of infecting with such a dangerous virus.

How your computer may end up infected with .Thor File Virus

Hackers use various methods to spread these malicious programs around the web. However, there are a few possible sources you should be particularly careful with:

  • Never trust any pop-up you come across on the web: Often the ads you see on the Internet are harmless and have marketing purposes. Nevertheless, as you cannot distinguish the bad ones from the good ones, we recommend that you stay away from them all. Just a click on the wrong one and your PC might end up contaminated and you – harassed.
  • Do not click on any random notification that appears on your screen. Even the update requests might be fake and may lead to contagious web pages. Sometimes these malicious programs are capable of sending tempting notifications that look like the original system-generated ones. However, avoid them all and manually look for updates using the feature built in your Control Panel.
  • Always stay away from all kinds of emails and their attachments if you cannot recognize the senders or the topics sound suspicious: Sometimes .Thor File might come from a letter inside your email (usually together with other malware – a Trojan) or from its attachments. Even images and documents might infect you with this virus. Do not download or open anything suspicious.
  • Torrents, certain websites and shareware, as well as streaming pages, might be contagious. Be careful! Just use your common sense while surfing the web and you will never go wrong and end up contaminated with malware of any kind.

What to do if an .Thor File Virus infection occurs

This is very unfortunate, as little could really be done. It is very hard to successfully deal with this virus and save your encrypted files. As you haven’t got many options, we recommend that you try them all before paying the hackers. First of all, consider asking someone who works in the field of malware removal, they may help you. Secondly, it is very important that you remove the virus from your system, regardless of what further course of action you take. Our Removal Guide below will help you with that. Just do not expect it to decrypt your data, as it may or may not be the case. Even paying the ransom may not give you back the lost access to your encoded files. We hope this article and the guide below will be your tools against the infection.

.Thor File Virus Ransomware Removal

Step 1 – hunt for active virus processes

To do this, you will have to make use of your Task Manager. Use the R-Ctrl+Shift+Esc key combination in order to open it. Now, go to the Processes tab and sort the list by order of CPU and/or memory used. Now, look through the list – if any process is using up very high amounts of memory or has a suspicious name or description, then it might be a process ran by the Ransomware. End that process immediately and move on to the next step.

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Now open your start menu and search for MSConfig. Go to the Startup section and see if there are any suspicious entries with unknown manufacturers. Disable anything that seems illegitimate. Keep in mind that the virus may duplicate the names of real programs!

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Step 2 – prepare your PC for the removal process

Next thing you need to do is boot your machine into Safe Mode and reveal all hidden files and folders. Click on the links for detailed instructions.

Step 3 – find and delete virus-related files

  1. Open your Registry Editor by typing regedit in the Run window (Winkey+R) and pressing Enter, then open Edit->Find. Search for the virus name.ransomware-guide-2ransomware-guide-3ransomware-guide-4
  2. If there are any results, delete those registry entries.
  3. Open your Start Menu and in the search field type each of the following and go to the corresponding location:
    1. %AppData%
    2. %LocalAppData%
    3. %ProgramData%
    4. %WinDir%
    5. %Temp%
  4. Delete everything from Temp. In the other folders, see if there has been added anything recently that seems suspicious. If that is the case, delete the new entries.ransomware-guide-5

Step 4 – look for Hosts file manipulation

  1. Use the Win-key+R combination to open Run and hit enter after you copy-paste the following:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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  1. A notepad file will open. If your PC has been infected, may be IP addresses at the bottom of the file. Delete them.
  • Note that if those IP’s are either 0.0.0.0 or 127.0.0.1, then they are not coming from a virus, thus this is no indication of an infection. ransomware-guide-7

Step 5 – decrypt already encrypted files

For this, you will first have to identify the virus you are dealing with and then acquire the corresponding decryptor tool that can help you decrypt your files.

  1. To identify the Ransomware, go to this link and follow the instructions.
  2. Now that you know what you are dealing it, make a search for how to decrypt ransomware and look for a decryptor for your specific virus.

How To Remove Amisites “Virus” (Chrome/Firefox)

Remove Amisites “Virus” from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, in just a few easy steps with our removal guide which works with all version of Windows.

We are trying to provide you with the best guides and tips to help you fix the latest trouble you may have got into. In this particular article we are discussing Amisites – a version of the software called browser hijackers. Hijackers are browser-affecting programs, which do not spare any of the popular browsers – be it Chrome, Firefox or Explorer, and cause some changes to them. These changes may apply to the way your browsers behave – their default search engine and usual homepage could get changed; some serious broadcasting of pop-ups ads might begin and even some annoying redirection might occur. We have included all the information you need to know about Amisites “virus” in the paragraphs below.

How does the typical browser hijacker behave? What to expect from Amisites “Virus”?

Browser hijackers are really common these days. This kind of software is developed to serve the purposes of the marketing industry. With the help of these programs producers promote their newly-developed homepages / websites/ search engines / software / other products and services. That is why the aforementioned alteration of your browser occurs. These features may also be shown by Amisites. We have to say that Amisites and all the other popular versions of hijackers are legitimate and all the promotion that may result from them is NOT against the law. Here’s what else you might expect from such a program that may seem a little frustrating, but is not harmful at all:

  • A little research of your personal tastes: Such programs can normally access the history records of your browsers and check what kind of products and services you normally look for on the web. As a result, the stream of pop-ups will be adjusted to these preferences and you will see only some particular advertisements.
  • Potential slowdown of your computer as a whole: Sometimes the changes that might occur to your browsers could result in draining your system’s resources and you might start experiencing unusually sluggish PC performance.

Is there even a slight chance to consider Amisites a kind of malware?

Fortunately, the experts in the field have received no reports of harmful activity resulting from the infection with any hijacker, so that to conclude that these programs are viruses. You have no reason to worry, Amisites is not malicious. To understand the difference between this hijacker and the normal types of viruses that exist, we have compared them below:

What do viruses do? What do hijackers do? Is it so different? Luckily, the way Ransomware and Trojans (for instance) and hijackers function is very different. For example, you can expect file encryption and harassment from the virus based on Ransomware. However, you cannot expect it from any ad-producing program. Also, you can expect any Trojan to control your system remotely, to record you and to drain your bank accounts or to hack your social media accounts, but Amisites is perfectly INCAPABLE of doing anything like that. Hijackers do not violate your rights in any way.

Hopefully, we have proven that browser hijackers are NOT known to possess any malicious features with the example above. Still, the ways they could exploit to trick you into installing them could be alarming. Here they come.

How could any system get infected with a browser hijacker?

The usual sources of hijackers are the popular software bundles – free combos of various pieces of software. Still, the hijackers that they may include need your indirect approval to get incorporated into your system as they are not viruses and they cannot automatically infect your PC. The infection may occur in case you venture into installing any bundle in the easiest possible way – by choosing the automatic or the default installation feature. Instead, to stay safe, you need to carefully install any program using the advanced or the custom feature of the installation wizard. In this way you get the chance to manually exclude any unnecessary programs included in the bundle from the list of the ones to be installed. You also need to be particularly careful when visiting a torrent or any other file sharing website, as they may be contagious as well.

What about removing Amisites?

Simple as that – put your trust into our Removal Guide and you are not likely to regret that. Follow all the instructions and you should be able to remove this annoying piece of software.

Amisites “Virus” Removal

Safe Mode and Hidden files and folders

Before you begin the removal you have to enter Safe mode on your PC. If you don’t know how to that that we’ve provided our own guide for your cnvinience.

Next Reveal Hidden File and Folders. Again, check our guide if you need any help.

Uninstalling suspicious programs

 This is probably one of the most important steps so make sure you are thorough with it. Open your Start Menu and in the search field type Control Panel. Open the first search result and go to Uninstall a Program. Carefully look through the resulting list for any installs that you do not recognize and/or that seem suspicious. If you find any, select them and click on Uninstall.

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Disable suspicious startup programs

 Next – once again go to your Start Menu and type System Configuration in the search field. Open the first result and go to the Startup section. Again, look for any suspicious programs and if anything seems out of place or is from an unknown manufacturer, disable it and click OK.

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Check your DNS

 For this one, you’ll have to access your Network Connections. If you are a Windows 7 user, go to your Control Panel and in the search field (top-right) type adapter. Then, under Network Sharing Center, click on Network Connections. If you are on Win 10, simply type Network Connections in the search field next to the Start Menu button and hit Enter.

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 Next, right click on the icon of the adapter that you are currently using and select Properties. There is a list from which you must click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP) and then select Properties. If the DNS is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure you set it that way.

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 After that, go to Advanced and then to the section labeled DNS. If there is anything in the DNS servers addresses field, make sure you remove and press OK.

Clean your browsers

  1. First, right click on your browser icon and select Properties. Go to the Shortcut section and delete anything written after .exe in the Target adware-guide-6
  2. This step varies depending upon what browser you are using
    1. For Chrome: Open your browser and open the menu in the top-right corner. Select Settingsadware-guide-7Then, select Extensions (top-left). adware-guide-8Remove any questionable and suspicious-looking extensions. Also, we suggest to go back to Settings, access the Advanced Settings at the bottom of the page and us Clear browsing data to make sure nothing is left of the unwanted software. adware-guide-9
    2. For Firefox: Open the browser and access its main menu (top-right corner). Go to Add-ons > Extensions and remove everything that looks shady and unwanted.
    3. For IE: Click on the settings icon and select Manage Add-ons. In the resulting list, eliminate anything that you think might be related to the problematic software.adware-guide-10

Remove suspicious processes

Now, open your Task Manager (R-Ctrl+Shift+Esc) and go to the Processes tab. Look carefully through the list and find the unwanted program’s process. Right-click on it and open its directory. Delete everything in there and then go back to the process it self and end it.

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That’s it! Amisites should no longer be present on your PC. If you need any more help or have questions of any kind feel free to contact us in the comment section below!

How to Enter Safe Mode

Below you will find the instructions needed to reboot your PC into Safe Mode. The way to do that varies depending on what version of Windows you are using.

How to Enter Safe Mode in Windows 7 and XP

Open your Start Menu and click on Restart. Wait for the PC to shut down and the moment you see it starts booting, start pressing the F8 button. Make sure that you start doing that as soon as your PC turns on, if Windows starts loading, you’ve missed the moment and you will have to do this again. Once the you get to the boot menu, select Safe Mode with Networking by hitting the corresponding number on your keyboard.

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How to Enter Safe Mode in Windows 8 and 8.1:

Select the Start Button and go to Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > System Configuration. Once there, check the option labeled Safe Boot, select OK and click on Restart. Your PC should now boot into Safe Mode.

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How to Enter Safe Mode in Windows 10:

Click on the Start Menu and select Settings. Go to Update & Security > Recovery. From the Advanced Startup section, select Restart now. After your PC restarts and loads to the Choose an Option menu, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart. Once your machine reboots again, select the Safe Mode with Networking setting by pressing the respective number from your keyboard.

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Once this is done, and your PC gets into Safe Mode, where only the crucial system processes will be active, and anything unnecessary and potentially unwanted won’t be functioning, leaving you with the opportunity to take it out of your system

   

Reveal Hidden Files and Folders

How to Reveal Hidden Files and Folders

The reveal Hidden Files and Folders interface changed between Windows 7 and Windows 8, making it easier to use and quickly accessible. If you are still using Windows 7 or Windows XP please refer to the second set of instructions provided below.

For Windows 10 and Windows 8:

  1. Open the file explorer.
  2. Click on the view tab.
  3. Tick off the box next to hidden itemshidden-files

For earlier versions of Windows:

  1. Firstly, open any folder on your PC and press Alt from your keyboard. A menu should appear at the top of the folder.
  2. In that menu, select Tools.
  3. Now go to Folder Options and click on the View
  4. Scroll down until you reach Show Hidden files, folders and drives. Check that option and click on OK.

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After doing this, any hidden documents, folders and drivers should now be visible to you. Since many unwanted and harmful programs might attempt to hide themselves like that, it is often required that you follow these steps in order to be able to find the undesired programs and files.

 

.Odin Ransomware Removal

We’ve created this guide to help you remove .Odin Ransomware from your machine. If the .Odin Ransomware is giving you trouble, then look no further!

The programs, which are based on malware called Ransomware, are known to be the most cunning and malicious ones ever created. In the following article we will be talking about exactly such a product – .Odin. This program represents a version of Ransomware that can encrypt all the files you use on a regular basis. Usually, after that a ransom is sought from you in order for you to be given back the files, which have been encoded. The .Odin Ransomware is not a new addition, but rather a re-branding of the very well known ransomware called Locky.

More general information about Ransomware

Ransomware is a kind of malicious software which originated in Russia around the end of the 20th century. In fact, there are more types of Ransomware than just the usual file-encrypting versions. However, the version of Ransomware that encodes data and makes it inaccessible and after that asks for your money in exchange for your files is the most commonly caught and the most disturbing one. Such programs as .Odin Ransomware enter your device, scan your drives for the addresses of the data you often use and then all that data becomes inaccessible to you. All you can see is a ransom-notifying message appearing on your screen and informing you about the contamination. Such an alert includes payment details and sometimes some more threats about the destiny of the locked up data – warnings about destruction mostly. This particular type of Ransomware is especially harmful because you can really do nothing to decrypt your files – neither paying the ransom, nor uninstalling the virus will help. Dealing with such a virus is risky and no matter what you do, the encrypted files will be in the danger of being lost forever.

More types of Ransomware

Apart from the most widely known file-encrypting kind, Ransomware could also be divided in the following subtypes:

  • Mobile Ransomware – it usually attacks mobile devices, locks up their screens and again – demands ransom from their owners in order to make their phone screens accessible again.
  • Screen-blocking Ransomware – it works exactly as the mobile type, however, its targets are computers, not phones. Such a virus will block your monitor with a full screen-size alert message, telling you that you need to pay ransom to access the other parts of your system. Such programs do not encrypt anything; they just block your access to your system.
  • Criminal-fighting Ransomware – some government-authorized agencies can use programs based on Ransomware to deal with cyber criminals. For example, to make them pay for illegally pirating a kind of software, or other files such as movies and images.

How you may end up catching such a virus

Such viruses are so cruel partly because they might be lurking in many different places. For instance, a potential Ransomware source can be any torrent that you download. The file bundles you may be interested in are not completely safe, either. Also, such a product could be found as a component of contaminated websites and once you load one, it might come as a drive-by download. One of the biggest sources of Ransomware is spam emails and their attachments. In such a case it is possible that this virus may take with it another one – a Trojan-based virus. Everything inside an infected email could carry these two with it – a document, an image, an archive. Such malware might often be found in fake advertisements – malvertising is everywhere and as soon as such an infected ad is opened, you download the virus.

How you can fight such a contamination

In case you have already caught .Odin Ransomware, nothing can guarantee the bright future of your encrypted data. We do not recommend that you pay the hackers to set your data free. It is also a crime to help criminals. There are many other options – first try some of them. For instance, make an appointment with a specialist and discuss the possible solutions. You may either use a special Removal Guide to remove the infection yourself – below we have provided you with one. Such guides could really be useful. Another possibility is to find software that can successfully deal with Ransomware and its effects on your PC. No matter what you choose, remember to first remove the virus from your machine before attempting anything else, as failing to do so could result in further encryption of even more of your files.

.Odin Ransomware Removal

Step 1 – hunt for active virus processes

To do this, you will have to make use of your Task Manager. Use the R-Ctrl+Shift+Esc key combination in order to open it. Now, go to the Processes tab and sort the list by order of CPU and/or memory used. Now, look through the list – if any process is using up very high amounts of memory or has a suspicious name or description, then it might be a process ran by the Ransomware. End that process immediately and move on to the next step.

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Now open your start menu and search for MSConfig. Go to the Startup section and see if there are any suspicious entries with unknown manufacturers. Disable anything that seems illegitimate. Keep in mind that the virus may duplicate the names of real programs!

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Step 2 – prepare your PC for the removal process

Next thing you need to do is boot your machine into Safe Mode and reveal all hidden files and folders. Click on the links for detailed instructions.

Step 3 – find and delete virus-related files

  1. Open your Registry Editor by typing regedit in the Run window (Winkey+R) and pressing Enter, then open Edit->Find. Search for the virus name.ransomware-guide-2ransomware-guide-3ransomware-guide-4
  2. If there are any results, delete those registry entries.
  3. Open your Start Menu and in the search field type each of the following and go to the corresponding location:
    1. %AppData%
    2. %LocalAppData%
    3. %ProgramData%
    4. %WinDir%
    5. %Temp%
  4. Delete everything from Temp. In the other folders, see if there has been added anything recently that seems suspicious. If that is the case, delete the new entries.ransomware-guide-5

Step 4 – look for Hosts file manipulation

  1. Use the Win-key+R combination to open Run and hit enter after you copy-paste the following:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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  1. A notepad file will open. If your PC has been infected, may be IP addresses at the bottom of the file. Delete them.
  • Note that if those IP’s are either 0.0.0.0 or 127.0.0.1, then they are not coming from a virus, thus this is no indication of an infection. ransomware-guide-7

Step 5 – decrypt already encrypted files

For this, you will first have to identify the virus you are dealing with and then acquire the corresponding decryptor tool that can help you decrypt your files.

  1. To identify the Ransomware, go to this link and follow the instructions.
  2. Now that you know what you are dealing it, make a search for how to decrypt ransomware and look for a decryptor for your specific virus.

9o0gle.com Removal “Virus” from Chrome/Firefox

How To Remove 9o0gle.com

If you would like to detect and successfully remove the source of the annoying ads that have been bugging you lately, you have come to the right page. Our guide is packed with handful solutions for the efficient removal of undesired programs as well as malicious threats. This time, we are going to point our attention to 9o0gle.com – a typical browser hijacker, which is probably causing you irritation while flooding your screen with its ads. There is a fast and effective solution that will help you get rid of it, though. If you follow the instructions in the removal guide below, you will be able to completely uninstall that program and permanently save yourself from its undesired popping boxes, page redirects and tabs. Just carefully read the information below and you will be good to go.

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9o0gle.com – what does this browser hijacker do?

You have probably noticed that the moment you open your browser, 9o0gle.com immediately appears in the URL bar. Not only that, but when this application first came on your PC, it probably changed your homepage, the default search engine and installed an add-on in your browser. As a result, now every time you try to search something on the web, you may have to endure a flow of advertisements in different shapes. Banners, popping boxes, links, new tabs and promotional web pages may interrupt you constantly. This is exactly what a typical browser hijacker could do while running in your system. It may even collect some data and try to match its ads with your browsing interests and display relevant offers. In some cases, finding ads that correspond to your interests and searches may be useful, especially when you are able to catch a good deal.  However, this activity is often categorized by many users as annoying and may really decrease the quality of their online experience and become intrusive. Also, there is a slight risk of bumping into some online threats if misleading ads or links redirect you to unsafe web pages.

How can a browser hijacker get installed on your PC?

In most of the cases, programs like 9o0gle.com get installed unnoticed, but this doesn’t mean that they sneak inside the system like a virus or malware. Unlike browser hijackers, threats like Ransomware, Trojans, and other viruses do sneak unnoticed and silently perform various malicious activities and cybercrimes. They may corrupt your system, spy on you, steal your credentials, spread the infection to other computers, or encrypt your files and blackmail you.

Here we should be clear that browser hijackers like 9o0gle.com cannot do any of that. Actually, the only way to install them is if you manually run their installation package. The thing is that they usually don’t come alone, but are bundled with another major piece of software, which you install. It may be a free download from the web, a torrent or an installation wizard from an open source download platform, email attachment or a link. The reason that you don’t notice the browser hijacker is because you usually proceed with a standard/quick installation and overlook the advanced options in the bundle. And this is exactly where you really need to click if you want to avoid potentially unwanted programs getting installed along. Just read the small script and remove the checkboxes from the programs you don’t want to install and there will be no need to deal with them later. But since you’ve obviously ended up with 9o0gle.com, you’ve probably skipped that option and now will need to follow the manual removal steps in the guide below. But first, let’s give you some pieces of advice on prevention in the future.

How to protect your system from browser hijackers?

Browser hijackers like 9o0gle.com are not considered as programs with harmful capabilities, however, the irritation they cause sometimes is enough for the users to have them removed and wish to stay away from them in the future.  A good antimalware and antivirus software would help in that, and would also protect you from even more serious threats like Ransomware for example. In case you don’t like to pay for software and prefer using free downloads and open source platforms, then be very careful when installing it and always run a deep scan. It is out of the question that you should avoid web pages with sketchy content and applications from unknown developers since there is a great chance they may hide potential security risks. Now, to proceed with the removal of 9o0gle.com, just carefully follow the steps in the guide. We tried to make it as detailed as possible so that you won’t have any trouble detecting the right files. In case you encounter any difficulties, however, the 9o0gle.com removal tool will delete the program in just a few minutes for you.