In this article we are going to try and help you remove 1txt File Virus. Our instructions cover all Windows versions.
With the rapid growth of the Ransomware threat and more and more computers falling prey to this malicious type of programs, we believe that it is of utmost importance that our readers are well aware of what this harmful software is capable of. Typical Ransomware can encrypt your files or even lock you out of your PC and afterwards demand a ransom payment.
The purpose of this article
We have written this article in order to provide all the necessary information concerning .1txt File Virus – one of the latest Ransomware viruses out there. We advise you to read all paragraphs and remember each tip and word of advice that we have to offer. This particular type of noxious programs is only going to get worse with time and every user should be well informed about it. For those of you who have already had their PC infected and their data locked by 1txt, we have a removal guide below which might help you resolve your problem. However, keep in mind that due to the unique nature of Ransomware, often no method can fully bring everything back to normal, especially when it comes to the newer versions of this type of viruses. Still, it won’t cost you anything to try it out and in case it works for you, you’d save a lot of money and effort trying to deal with the issue in any other way. Whatever you choose to do, it is important to remove the virus before attempting any other actions.
Why is the Ransomware so difficult to deal with?
The reason why programs like 1txt are such a huge threat is because they have a very different agenda compared to other viruses. While more conventional malware tries to either steal money from you, spy on you or outright lay waste to your system which often gets it detected by anti-virus programs, Ransomware viruses do not attempt any of that. This often enables them to remain under the radar of the majority of security programs and operate unnoticed. Once the infection is at hand, the Ransomware begins to copy all your data – documents, pictures, videos, etc. However, the new copies have been locked by an encryption that does not allow the user to access them unless they have the necessary code. After each file has been copied into an encrypted copy, 1txt deletes the originals. When it’s all over, the malicious software displays a message on the user’s screen. This message demands a ransom payment in exchange for the decryption key and also provides detailed instructions on how to make the money transfer. Bitcoins are the usual currency choice, since they are untraceable – this enables the criminal to remain hidden in the shadows without fear of getting caught. In fact, the introduction of cyber-currencies was one of the factors that really made the Ransomware threat grow so much lately, even though it has been around for quite some time. Besides, since oftentimes legitimate programs use encryption for their files, such a process is often regarded as safe by many anti-virus programs. This is one more reason why it is so difficult to detect Ransomware before it is too late.
Why paying the ransom is inadvisable?
Knowing that you might never be able to recover your files, some people might actually consider paying the ransom and leaving all this behind them. However, we must warn you that this is a really bad idea. First of all, there is absolutely no guarantee that you’d ever get the key for the decryption, even if you pay the demanded money. The hacker might not be willing to send you the code or the virus itself might have flaws that make the code useless. On top of that, if you pay the ransom, you’d further encourage the cyber-criminal to keep on terrorizing users and blackmailing them for money. Therefore, the best advice that we can give you here is to try our guide, because currently this is probably the best course of action you can take.
Some more valuable tips for future use
Chances are this won’t be the first time that you are faced with the possibility of a Ransomware infection. Therefore, take note of the following ideas.
- Back up your files – this can neutralize the effect of a Ransomware infection
- Avoid shady and illegal sites and download data only from reputable and trusted sources.
- Do not open any suspicious-looking e-mails and links even if they are from friends and relatives – you don’t know if they haven’t been hacked.
- Get good anti-virus software and update it regularly. Also, keep your Windows up-to-date as well.
- Take notice of your PC’s behavior. If there is a slowdown for no reason and there is less free hard-drive space than should be, there might be Ransomware encrypting your files and documents. In that case, shut your PC down without attaching any portable devices to it and take it to a professional.
1txt File Virus Removal
Enter Windows Safe mode.
- Win 7 Users: Restart your PC –> keep on clicking F8 –> In the subsequent Menu select Safe Mode with Networking.
- Win 8 Users: Start Button –> Control Panel –> System and Security –> Administrative Tools –> System Configuration –> In the subsequent Menu select Safe Boot –>
- Win 10 users: Start Menu –> Power Options Menu –> Hold down the SHIFT button while clicking on Restart –> Troubleshoot –> Advanced Options –> Startup Settings –> Restart –> In the subsequent Menu select Safe Mode with Networking.
Open Task Manager and locate any processes associated with 1txt.
- Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC keys simultaneously –> Processes Tab –> Select a suspicious process (use Google or ask us in the comments if you are not sure about a process) –> Right Click and Open File Location –> End the suspicious process in Task Manager –> Delete the Folders containing the suspicious files.
Open the Registry Editor and search for 1txt.
- Win 7 Users: Click Start and type regedit –> Enter –> Press CTRL + F buttons –> Type Cryp1 Virus in the search field.
- Win 8/10 users: Start Button –> Choose Run –> type regedit –> Enter Press CTRL + F buttons –> Type 1txt in the search field.
Try to recover your files. First you will need System Restore.
- Win 7 Users: Start button –> Type Windows System Restore –> Enter –> Open System Restore –> Select a Restore Point and revert to it.
- Win 8 Users: Hold down the Windows key + Q –> Type Recovery –> Settings –> Choose the Recovery icon –> Open System Restore –> Select a Restore Point.
- Win 10 Users: Start Menu –> Power Options Menu –> Hold down the SHIFT button while clicking on Restart –> Troubleshoot –> Advanced Options –> System Restore –> Select a Restore Point and apply it.
Secondly use program that can access your Shadow Copies.
- Use Google to find the official website of such a program and download it.
- Use the program to select the file types and the hard drive locations you want the program to scan for.
- Start the scan and keep in mind that it might take a while.
- Once the scan has been completed just select the files you want to be recovered.
If you have questions or suggestions feel free to use our comments section!