What is Explus Ransomware

Explus is a common file-encrypting virus. It assigns strong encryption keys to render files inaccessible until a ransom is paid. Software with such capabilities is often referred to as ransomware. During encryption, Explus Ransomware adds the .explus extension to the end of filenames. This is done to draw victims’ attention to recognizing their files have been encrypted. For instance, a file like 1.pdf will change to 1.pdf.explus, and so forth with other affected files. After all data becomes no longer usable, the virus starts its attempts to blackmail victims into paying money for data return. Developers do it through the RECOVERY INFORMATION.txt text file that is created immediately at the end of encryption.

RECOVERY INFORMATION.txt

YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED !!!
TO DECRYPT, FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS:
To recover data you need decrypt tool.
To get the decrypt tool you should:
1.In the letter include your personal ID! Send me this ID in your first email to me!
2.We can give you free test for decrypt few files (NOT VALUE) and assign the price for decryption all files!
3.After we send you instruction how to pay for decrypt tool and after payment you will receive a decryption tool!
4.We can decrypt few files in quality the evidence that we have the decoder.
CONTACT US:
explus@tutanota.com
YOUR PERSONAL ID: -

The ransom note claims victims should buy a special decryption instrument to return the data. For this, victims are guided to write to the corresponding e-mail address (explus@tutanota.com) and state their personal ID in the subject line of the e-mail letter. After this, cybercriminals promise to give further instructions as well as announce the price of total file decryption. In addition to that, swindlers offer to decrypt a few non-important files for free to prove they are able to return the entire data as well. Unfortunately, circumventing the ciphers appended by Explus and many other ransom infections is hard and almost impossible without the help of cybercriminals. The question of whether your files can be decrypted using third-party tools depends on two major factors, such as how encryption keys were created (OFFLINE or ONLINE) and if malware has bugs or certain flaws making its decryption possible. The best way to recover your data independent of the aforementioned factors is to use backup copies. Simply delete the virus and plug your most recent backup to copy lost data back to the system. You can also try the third-party decryption utilities we listed below, however, we are unable to guarantee they will be able to decrypt your files in 100% cases.

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How Explus Ransomware infected your computer

Ransomware infections are known for many distribution channels. The list of possible infiltration joints includes trojans, unprotected RDP configuration, e-mail phishing letters, fake software installers/updates, social engineering websites, and other less popular vectors as well. Trojans are a type of malware that causes chain infections. It can be distributed via the above-mentioned channels to install various types of infections. E-mail spam letters are another popular way of tricking users into installing infections like Explus Ransomware. Such letters are usually disguised as something legitimate and promote malicious attachments (MS Office documents, PDF, Archive, Executable, and JavaScript files). After opening them and allowing further asked changes, malware gets injected straight into the system to fulfill its purpose. Furthermore, it is also common to see various infections spread on torrent websites, P2P networks, and other unofficial pages that promote free software. We strongly advise you to avoid all of these channels and be more careful while using the web. Our guide below will help you deal with such infections and protect yourself against such threats in the future.

  1. Download Explus Ransomware Removal Tool
  2. Get decryption tool for .explus files
  3. Recover encrypted files with Stellar Data Recovery Professional
  4. Restore encrypted files with Windows Previous Versions
  5. Restore files with Shadow Explorer
  6. How to protect from threats like Explus Ransomware

Download Removal Tool

Download Removal Tool

To remove Explus Ransomware completely, we recommend you to use Combo Cleaner from RCS LT. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of Explus Ransomware and prevents future infections by similar viruses.

Alternative Removal Tool

Download SpyHunter 5

To remove Explus Ransomware completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 from EnigmaSoft Limited. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of Explus Ransomware. The trial version of SpyHunter 5 offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Explus Ransomware files:


RECOVERY INFORMATION.txt
{randomname}.exe

Explus Ransomware registry keys:

no information

How to decrypt and restore .explus files

Use automated decryptors

Download Kaspersky RakhniDecryptor

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Use following tool from Kaspersky called Rakhni Decryptor, that can decrypt .explus files. Download it here:

Download RakhniDecryptor

There is no purpose to pay the ransom because there is no guarantee you will receive the key, but you will put your bank credentials at risk.

Dr.Web Rescue Pack

Famous antivirus vendor Dr. Web provides free decryption service for the owners of its products: Dr.Web Security Space or Dr.Web Enterprise Security Suite. Other users can ask for help in the decryption of .explus files by uploading samples to Dr. Web Ransomware Decryption Service. Analyzing files will be performed free of charge and if files are decryptable, all you need to do is purchase a 2-year license of Dr.Web Security Space worth $120 or less. Otherwise, you don’t have to pay.

If you are infected with Explus Ransomware and removed from your computer you can try to decrypt your files. Antivirus vendors and individuals create free decryptors for some crypto-lockers. To attempt to decrypt them manually you can do the following:

Use Stellar Data Recovery Professional to restore .explus files

stellar data recovery professional

  1. Download Stellar Data Recovery Professional.
  2. Click Recover Data button.
  3. Select type of files you want to restore and click Next button.
  4. Choose location where you would like to restore files from and click Scan button.
  5. Preview found files, choose ones you will restore and click Recover.
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Using Windows Previous Versions option:

  1. Right-click on infected file and choose Properties.
  2. Select Previous Versions tab.
  3. Choose particular version of the file and click Copy.
  4. To restore the selected file and replace the existing one, click on the Restore button.
  5. In case there is no items in the list choose alternative method.

Using Shadow Explorer:

  1. Download Shadow Explorer program.
  2. Run it and you will see screen listing of all the drives and the dates that shadow copy was created.
  3. Select the drive and date that you want to restore from.
  4. Right-click on a folder name and select Export.
  5. In case there are no other dates in the list, choose alternative method.

If you are using Dropbox:

  1. Login to the DropBox website and go to the folder that contains encrypted files.
  2. Right-click on the encrypted file and select Previous Versions.
  3. Select the version of the file you wish to restore and click on the Restore button.

How to protect computer from viruses, like Explus Ransomware, in future

1. Get special anti-ransomware software

Use ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware

Famous antivirus brand ZoneAlarm by Check Point released a comprehensive tool, that will help you with active anti-ransomware protection, as an additional shield to your current protection. The tool provides Zero-Day protection against ransomware and allows you to recover files. ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware is compatible with all other antiviruses, firewalls, and security software except ZoneAlarm Extreme (already shipped with ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware) or Check Point Endpoint products. The killer features of this application are: automatic file recovery, overwrite protection that instantly and automatically recovers any encrypted files, file protection that detects and blocks even unknown encryptors.

Download ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware

2. Back up your files

idrive backup

As an additional way to save your files, we recommend online backup. Local storage, such as hard drives, SSDs, flash drives, or remote network storage can be instantly infected by the virus once plugged in or connected to. Explus Ransomware uses some techniques to exploit this. One of the best services and programs for easy automatic online backup is iDrive. It has the most profitable terms and a simple interface. You can read more about iDrive cloud backup and storage here.

3. Do not open spam e-mails and protect your mailbox

mailwasher pro

Malicious attachments to spam or phishing e-mails are the most popular method of ransomware distribution. Using spam filters and creating anti-spam rules is good practice. One of the world leaders in anti-spam protection is MailWasher Pro. It works with various desktop applications and provides a very high level of anti-spam protection.

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