What is FILES ENCRYPTED.txt and how to remove it?

FILES ENCRYPTED.txt


The FILES ENCRYPTED.txt ransomware removal guide on this page will help you remove the FILES ENCRYPTED.txt virus and other malware from your computer for free. This guide will also help you decrypt and recover files encrypted by ransomware.

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What is FILES ENCRYPTED.txt?


FILES ENCRYPTED.txt is a note file associated with a variant of Dharma Ransomware called Brrr virus. The note belongs to a computer virus that encrypts files on a computer using specific algorithms. When a computer is infected with the specific variant of Ransomware it will append a new file extension such as .brrr to the end of the filenames of the files they encrypt. The virus then changes the desktop background to an image of a message from the malware author and drops a ransom note named FILES ENCRYPTED.txt on the desktop and every drive’s root folder.

FILES ENCRYPTED.txt virus

Unfortunately, at this time there is no way to decrypt certain files encrypted by specific variants of the FILES ENCRYPTED.txt virus.

Here’s an example of what is written on the ransom note:

all your data has been locked us

You want to return?

write email paydecryption@qq.com

The ransom note asks for payment in order to decrypt files. The ransomware uses another note named Info.hta to detail what happened to the files on the machine and how to make a ransom payment to allegedly decrypt the files (the way the malware author wants you to). It should be noted that paying the ransom will not guarantee that you will recover your files or that the infection is removed and will not appear again in the future.

This Ransomware is manually installed by cyber criminals who hack into Remote Desktop Services connected directly to the Internet. The way they do this is they scan the Internet for computers running RDP (typically on TCP port 3389) and then use a brute force attack to crack the computer’s password.

Furthermore, there are websites that sell known credentials for publicly accessible computers running remote Remote Desktop Services that attackers can buy and use.

Once the attackers are granted access to the computer they will install the ransomware and let it run the encryption process. The hackers will also attempt to encrypt other computers on the network.

How to remove FILES ENCRYPTED.txt


1. Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software to scan your computer and remove malicious files and potentially unwanted programs.

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2. To install the program, click the file you just downloaded. It can usually be located in the Download folder.

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3. A window that says “Welcome to the Malwarebytes Setup Wizard” will appear. Click Agree and Install to begin the installation. Once complete, click Finish.

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4. Now the Malwarebytes is installed, open the program and click the Scan Now button – or go to the Scan tab and click the Start Scan button.

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3. When the scan is complete click the Quarantine Selected button.

4. If Malwarebytes says “All selected items have been removed successfully. A log file has been saved to the logs folder. Your computer needs to be restarted to complete the removal process. Would you like to restart now?” click the Yes button to restart your computer.

5. Next, Download HitmanPro to perform a second-opinion scan and remove any remaining malicious trace files.

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6. Once installed, open HitmanPro and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.

7. When the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.

8. To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.

9. Click the Reboot button.

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Troubleshooting


Alternative methods are suggested if there are issues removing FILES ENCRYPTED.txt ransomware from an infected computer.

How to Restore your computer

If a restore point has previously been established on your machine you will be able to perform a system restore in order to restore your machine to a date and time before it was infected. You will lose files on your computer that were obtained prior to the restore point.

There are several options to restore your computer. Most computers have their own restore software that can be found by performing a search. Additionally, computers that run the Windows Operating System have a default restore program that can also be found by performing a search.

A boot screen that can be used to access options to restore your computer can be reached by rebooting your computer and pressing the F8 key once the manufacture screen is displayed.

How to Recover your computer to factory settings

A system recovery (or reset) will recover your computer to factory settings. You will lose the current programs and files on your computer.

There are several options to recover your computer to factory settings. Most computers have their own recovery software that can be found by performing a search. Additionally, computers that run the Windows Operating System have a default recovery program that can also be found by performing a search.

A boot screen that can be used to access options to restore your computer can be reached by rebooting your computer and pressing the F8 key once the manufacture screen is displayed.

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. Sean's content has been featured in numerous publications.