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All_Your_Documents.rar ransomware removal instructions
What is All_Your_Documents.rar?
All_Your_Documents.rar is ransomware-type virus discovered by security researcher Michael Gillespie. As with other ransomware-type viruses, All_Your_Documents.rar infiltrates systems without users' consent, however, it does not encrypt files - it compresses all files to a single password-protected archive (called "All_Your_Documents.rar"). All_Your_Documents.rar then creates a text file ("All Your Files in Archive!.txt") and places it on the desktop.
The message within the text file informs victims of the situation and directs them to visit a Tor URL provided. This website contains a ransom-demand message encouraging victims to purchase a password to extract their files. The cost of the password is .35 Bitcoin (~$348), however, if the ransom is not paid within three days, the cost increases by .05 Bitcoin (~$50) per day. Once the cost reaches 1.85 Bitcoin (~$1842), the increases cease. Despite these demands, never trust cyber criminals. Research shows that developers of ransomware-type viruses often ignore victims, once payments are submitted and there is no guarantee that your files will ever be decrypted. Paying might not deliver any positive result. Therefore, ignore all requests to pay. You can resolve this problem by restoring files/system from a backup.
Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:
The Internet is full of ransomware-type viruses, all of which are virtually identical. As with All_Your_Documents.rar, malware such as winrared, Digisom, Zyka, Potato, and many others, also lock files and make ransom demands. In fact, there are just two major differences between these viruses: 1) type of encryption algorithm used, and; 2) size of ransom. Distribution methods are also identical. Ransomware-type viruses are distributed using third party software download sources (freeware download and free file hosting websites, torrents, etc.), spam emails (infectious attachments), fake software updaters, and trojans. Therefore, be very cautious when downloading software from unofficial sources, and when opening files received from suspicious emails. Furthermore, keep your installed applications up-to-date and use a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite. The key to computer safety is caution.
Screenshot of this ransomware Tor website:
All_Your_Documents.rar ransomware removal:
- What is All_Your_Documents.rar?
- STEP 1. All_Your_Documents.rar virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. All_Your_Documents.rar ransomware removal using System Restore.
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account infected with the All_Your_Documents.rar virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.
Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":
1. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.
2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.
3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.
4. In the opened window, click "Next".
5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the All_Your_Documents.rar ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).
6. In the opened window, click "Yes".
7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining All_Your_Documents.rar ransomware files.
To restore individual files encrypted by this ransomware, try using Windows Previous Versions feature. This method is only effective if the System Restore function was enabled on an infected operating system. Note that some variants of All_Your_Documents.rar are known to remove Shadow Volume Copies of the files, so this method may not work on all computers.
To restore a file, right-click over it, go into Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab. If the relevant file has a Restore Point, select it and click the "Restore" button.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.
To protect your computer from file encryption ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and EasySync CryptoMonitor, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as All_Your_Documents.rar ransomware.
HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user-intervention:
Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:
- The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups. More information on online backup solutions and data recovery software Here.
Other tools known to remove All_Your_Documents.rar ransomware: