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 ransomware

encS ransomware

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 [email protected] 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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego 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: [email protected]

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 virus
encS ransomware is the cryptocurrency extortion-based threat that locks files and demands payment for the unlocking procedure.

encS ransomware virus
encS 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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego 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 cryptovirus
encS file locking virus is the money-demanding virus that makes data useless by encrypting those images and documents, archives.

encS cryptovirus
encS 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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego 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.

Reimage Intego has a free limited scanner. Reimage Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.

Remove encS using Safe Mode with Networking

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

  • 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'
  • Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete encS removal.

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

Remove encS using System Restore

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

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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

This entry was posted on 2020-04-08 at 03:43 and is filed under Ransomware, Viruses.