How to uninstall Eight ransomware from your computer

Also Known As: Eight virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

Eight ransomware removal instructions

What is Eight ransomware?

Eight is malicious software and part of the Phobos ransomware family. It encrypts files, changes their filenames, creates a ransom message and displays another in a pop-up window. Eight renames encrypted files by adding the victim's ID and use_harrd@protonmail.com email address, and by appending the ".eight" extension to filenames. For example, it would rename a file named "1.jpg" to "1.jpg.id[1E857D00-2776].[use_harrd@protonmail.com].eight", and so on. It creates a ransom message within a text file (".info.txt") and displays another in a pop-up window ("info.hta"). Updated variants of this ransomware append extensions that contain different email addresses.

The ".info.txt" text file contains two email addresses (se_harrd@protonmail.com and useHHard@cock.li), which can be used to contact Eight's developers. The pop-up window states that the cost of a decryption tool depends on how quickly they are contacted. Before making payment, victims are permitted to send up to five files to Eight's developers, which they offer to decrypt free of charge. It is mentioned that these files should not contain valuable information. Victims are also warned not to rename encrypted files or try to decrypt them with other software, since this might cause permanent data loss or increase cost of decryption. Unfortunately, there are no other tools capable of decrypting files compromised by Eight ransomware. Therefore, only the developers have the correct tools. Despite this, do not trust cyber criminals (pay any ransom), since there is a high probability that you will be scammed. Victims often receive no decryption tools even after payment. In such cases, the only way to recover files free of charge is to restore them from a backup. Note that removing ransomware prevents further encryption, however, already encrypted files remain inaccessible even after removal.

Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:

Eight decrypt instructions (info.hta)

There are many programs that are categorized as ransomware. Some examples are Teslarvng, CoronaVi2022 and MDEN. Generally, this software locks (encrypts) files and keeps them inaccessible unusable unless victims decrypt them with specific tools/keys that can be purchased from ransomware developers. Common variables are cost of decryption, and cryptographic algorithm (symmetric or asymmetric) that ransomware uses to encrypt files. It is generally impossible to decrypt files without tools held only by the cyber criminals, unless the ransomware contains bugs/flaws or is not finished. In most cases, the only way to avoid data and financial loss caused by ransomware is to restore files from a backup. Therefore, all data should be backed up on remote servers or unplugged storage devices.

How did ransomware infect my computer?

Most cyber criminals proliferate ransomware and other malicious programs using one of the following methods: spam campaigns/emails, Trojans, untrusted software download channels, software 'cracking' tools and fake updaters. Malware is often spread by sending emails with malicious attachments (or web links that download malicious files). Typically, cyber criminals attach Microsoft Office documents, archive files (ZIP, RAR), executable files (.exe), PDF documents or JavaScript files. When opened/executed, these infect operating systems with malware. Trojans are malicious programs that cause damage only if they are already installed on the computer. When installed, they open 'backdoors' for other programs of this kind to infiltrate. Trojans often cause chain infections in this way. Examples of dubious software download channels are free file hosting, freeware download websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages, third party installers, etc. Cyber criminals often use these to host malicious files. Users who open files that are downloaded through such sources risk causing installation of malware. Software 'cracking'/unofficial activation tools supposedly activate licensed software free of charge (bypass paid activation), however, they often install malware and do not activate any software. Fake software updaters usually cause damage by exploiting vulnerabilities of outdated software that is installed on the operating system, or by installing malicious software rather than updates and fixes.

Threat Summary:
Name Eight virus
Threat Type Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker.
Encrypted Files Extension .eight
Ransom Demand Message info.txt, info.hta
Cyber Criminal Contact use_harrd@protonmail.com, useHHard@cock.li, nopain555@protonmail.com, foxbox@airmail.cc, vivanger123@tutanota.com, ICQ@VIRTUALHORSE, 2020x0@protonmail.com, bondy.weinholt@aol.com, fidelako@int.pl, shelfit@airmail.cc, bertylarwayorstoner@jabb.im, ICQ@HONESTHORSE, robertwels@airmail.cc, sorysorysory@cock.li, helprecoveryfiles@cock.li, ezequielanthon@aol.com, xsupportx@countermail.com, messi_tr_2020@protonmail.com, mccreight.ellery@tutanota.com, verious1@cock.li, willi.stroud@aol.com, foxbox@xmpp.cz, hershel_houghton@aol.com, jewkeswilmer@aol.com, patiscaje@airmail.cc, decryptfilesonlinebuy@pm.me, ICQ@Horseleader, Bk_Data@protonmail.com, Petya20@tuta.io, SupportC4@elude.in, decrypt2021@elude.in, wang_team888@aol.com, barnabas_simpson@aol.com, emerson.parkerdd@aol.com, brandon_draven@protonmail.com, erich_northman@protonmail.com, lyontrevor@aol.com, mccandlessronald@aol.com, AaronKennedy74@cock.li, bhattarwarmajuthani@420blaze.it, brokenbrow.teodorico@aol.com, cornellmclearey@aol.com, ximenezpickup@aol.com, verilerimialmakistiyorum@mail.ru, sookie.stackhouse@gmx.com, dupuisangus@aol.com, s.boultons@aol.com, blair_lockyer@aol.com, murryu@aol.com, chocolate_muffin@tutanota.com, frankfbagnale@gmail.com, frankfbagnale@cock.li, victorlustig@gmx.com, elfbash@protonmil.com, alexei.v@aol.com, eppinger.adams@aol.com, martinwilhelm1978@cock.li, fredmoneco@tutanota.com, andreashart1834@cock.li, fredmoneco@tutanota.com,, recoveryufiles@tutamail.com, cheston_windham@aol.com, augusto.ruby@aol.com, coxbarthel@aol.com, tsai.shen@mailfence.com, frankmoffit@aol.com, benwell_jonathan@aol.com, onlybtcp@tutanota.com, herbivorous@keemail.me, bernard.bunyan@aol.com, tsai.shen@xmpp.jp (Jabber), vickre me (Wickr), @phobos_support (Telegram)
Detection Names Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Ulise.99735), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Filecoder.Phobos.C), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Symptoms Cannot open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension (for example, my.docx.locked). A ransom demand message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals demand payment of a ransom (usually in bitcoins) to unlock your files.
Distribution methods Infected email attachments (macros), torrent websites, malicious ads.
Damage All files are encrypted and cannot be opened without paying a ransom. Additional password-stealing Trojans and malware infections can be installed together with a ransomware infection.
Malware Removal (Windows)

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How to protect yourself from ransomware infections

It is not safe to open attachments or web links that are attached to/included in irrelevant emails, especially if such emails are received from unknown, suspicious addresses. If there is any reason to believe that an email is untrusted, leave the contents unopened. All files and programs should be downloaded from official and trustworthy websites (and through direct links). All the other channels/tools mentioned above should not be trusted or used. The same applies to installation through third party installers. Software must be updated and activated only with implemented functions and tools designed by official developers. Furthermore, it is illegal to activate any licensed software with 'cracking' (unofficial activation) tools. Keep systems safe by regularly scanning them for threats with reputable antivirus or anti-spyware software. If your computer is already infected with Eight, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.

Text presented in Eight ransomware pop-up window ("info.hta"):

All your files have been encrypted!
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail use_harrd@protonmail.com
Write this ID in the title of your message 1E857D00-2776
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to this e-mail:useHHard@cock.li
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the tool that will decrypt all your files.
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send us up to 5 files for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 4Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click 'Buy bitcoins', and select the seller by payment method and price.
https://localbitcoins.com/buy_bitcoins
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
hxxp://www.coindesk.com/information/how-can-i-buy-bitcoins/
Attention!
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.

Screenshot of Eight text file ("info.txt"):

Eight ransomware text file (info.txt)

Text in this message:

!!!All of your files are encrypted!!!
To decrypt them send e-mail to this address: use_harrd@protonmail.com.
If we don't answer in 24h., send e-mail to this address: useHHard@cock.li

Screenshot of files encrypted by Eight (".eight" extension):

Files encrypted by Eight ransomware (.eight extension)

Update 21 April 2020 - Criminals have recently released a different version of Eight ransomware. The appended file extension remains the same, however, the HTML application ("info.hta") and text file ("info.txt") are different.

Screenshot of the updated HTML application window ("info.hta"):

Updated Eight ransomware info.hta file

Text presented within:

Files are locked* but not corrupted
Your computer is infected with a virus.
Files are locked* but not corrupted.
Send an email hershel_houghton@aol.com, specify in the subject unique identifier 1- and you will definitely be helped to recover.
*you can send us a couple of files and we will return the restored ones to prove that only we can do it
IMPORTANT:
1. the infection was due to vulnerabilities in your software
2. if you want to make sure that it is impossible to recover files using third-party software, do this not on all files, otherwise you may lose all data.
3. only communication through our email can guarantee file recovery for you. We are not responsible for the actions of third parties who promise to help you - most often they are scammers.
4. if we do not respond to you within 24 hours, send a message to the email excentrique_inventeur@aol.com
5. if you need an alternative communication channel - write a request by e-mail
6. our goal is to return your data, but if you do not contact us, we will not succeed

Screenshot of the updated text file ("info.txt"):

Updated Eight ransomware info.txt file

Text presented within:

Your computer is infected with a virus.
Files are locked* but not corrupted.

Send an email hershel_houghton@aol.com and you will definitely be helped to recover.

*you can send us a couple of files and we will return the restored ones to prove that only we can do it

IMPORTANT:
1. the infection was due to vulnerabilities in your software
2. if you want to make sure that it is impossible to recover files using third-party software, do this not on all files, otherwise you may lose all data.
3. only communication through our email can guarantee file recovery for you. We are not responsible for the actions of third parties who promise to help you - most often they are scammers.
4. if we do not respond to you within 24 hours, send a message to the email excentrique_inventeur@aol.com
5. if you need an alternative communication channel - write a request by e-mail
6. our goal is to return your data, but if you do not contact us, we will not succeed

Update August 24, 2020 - Cyber criminals have recently released an updated variant of Eight ransomware, which delivers a ransom note written in Turkish language. The format of file extension, however, remains the same.

Screenshot of a pop-up window ("info.hta") delivered by this Eight ransomware variant:

Eight ransomware Turkish info.hta

Screenshot of a text file ("info.txt") delivered by this Eight ransomware:

Eight ransomware Turkish info.txt

Text presented within these two:

All your files have been encrypted!
Sisteminizde Önemli Gördüğümüz Verilerinizi Şifreledik. Bilindik Veri Kurtarma Yöntemleri ile Verilerinizi Geri Getiremeyeceğinizi Bilmenizi İsteriz.


Bu Yöntemler Sadece Sizin için Vakit Kaybı Olacaktır.


1-) Son Zamanlarda Bazı Meslektaşlarımız Utanarak ve Üzülerek Söylemek isterimki Para Almalarına Rağmen Dosyaları Açmıyor Bozuk Açıyorlar ve Tekrar Para istiyorlar Biz Onlardan Değiliz Yaklaşık Olarak 6 Senedir Bu işi Yapıyoruz ve Binlerce Referansa Sahibiz Güven Konusunda Size Bildireceğimiz Referans Firmaları Arayarak Daha Önce Tarafımızdan Hacklendiğini ve Ödemeden Sonra Sorunsuz Olarak Verilerini Aldığnı Teyit Edebilirsiniz.


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3-) Yukarıda Bahsettiğim Sorunları Yaşamamak Adına Fake Mailler Açarak Bize Mail Atmayınız Cevap Vermiyoruz Firma Mailleri Dışından Gelen Hiç bir Mail Cevaplanmamaktadır.


4- ) Sizi Tanımıyorum, Dolayısıyla Size Karşı Kötü Duygular Beslememin Size Kötülük Yapmamın Bir Anlamıda Yok Amacım Sadece Bu İşten Bir Gelir Elde Etmek. Yaptığınız Ödeme Sonrasında En Kısa Zamanda Verilerinizi Eski Haline Getirmek İçin Sunucunuza Bağlanacağım.


Aşşağıdaki Referans Kodunuzla Birlikte Verilerinizi Almak isterseniz Lütfen SAAT 10 a Kadar Mail Atınız


Yinede Veri Kurtarma Firmaları ve Programları Denemek isterseniz Lütfen Dosyaların Aslı üzerinde Değil Bir Yere Kopyalayıp Onlar Üzerinde Deneme Yapınız


Saat 10:00' a Kadar Dönüş Yapılmadığı Takdirde Sistemde Kullanılan Şifreler Otomatik Olarak Silinecektir Geç Bile Görmüş Olsanız Bu Notu Üzülerek Söylemeliyimki Mail Atmayınız. Çünkü Yardımcı Olamayacağım


verilerimialmakistiyorum@mail.ru

Update September 28, 2020 - Cyber criminals have released yet another variant of Eight ransomware, which, again, delivers different ransom notes ("info.hta" and "info.txt" files). It is also worth mentioning that aside from providing developers' email addresses, this Eight variant also encourages victims to contact using Wickr application.

Screenshot of this variant's pop-up window ("info.hta")

Eight ransomware info.hta file (2020-09-28)

Text presented within:

All your files have been encrypted!
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them:
To write to "vickre me", enter the official website hxxps://wickr.com, download the application to your computer or phone, create a chat with us named "victormclustig"
Write this ID in the title of your message -
If we don't answer in 24h., send e-mail to this address: VictorLustig@gmx.com or elfbash@protonmil.com
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the tool that will decrypt all your files.
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send us up to 5 files for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 4Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click 'Buy bitcoins', and select the seller by payment method and price.
hxxps://localbitcoins.com/buy_bitcoins
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
hxxp://www.coindesk.com/information/how-can-i-buy-bitcoins/
Attention!
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.

Screenshot of this variant's text file ("info.txt")

Eight ransomware info.txt file (2020-09-28)

Text presented within:

!!!All of your files are encrypted!!!
To write to "vickre me", enter the official website hxxps://wickr.com/, download the application to your computer or phone, create a chat with us named "victormclustig" .
If we don't answer in 24h., send e-mail to this address: VictorLustig@gmx.com or elfbash@protonmil.com

Eight ransomware removal:

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Isolating the infected device:

Some ransomware-type infections are designed to encrypt files within external storage devices, infect them, and even spread throughout the entire local network. For this reason, it is very important to isolate the infected device (computer) as soon as possible.

Step 1: Disconnect from the internet.

The easiest way to disconnect a computer from the internet is to unplug the Ethernet cable from the motherboard, however, some devices are connected via a wireless network and for some users (especially those who are not particularly tech-savvy), disconnecting cables may seem troublesome. Therefore, you can also disconnect the system manually via Control Panel:

Navigate to the "Control Panel", click the search bar in the upper-right corner of the screen, enter "Network and Sharing Center" and select search result: Disconnecting computer from the Internet (step 1)

Click the "Change adapter settings" option in the upper-left corner of the window: Disconnecting computer from the Internet (step 2)

Right-click on each connection point and select "Disable". Once disabled, the system will no longer be connected to the internet. To re-enable the connection points, simply right-click again and select "Enable". Disconnecting computer from the Internet (step 3)

Step 2: Unplug all storage devices.

As mentioned above, ransomware might encrypt data and infiltrate all storage devices that are connected to the computer. For this reason, all external storage devices (flash drives, portable hard drives, etc.) should be disconnected immediately, however, we strongly advise you to eject each device before disconnecting to prevent data corruption:

Navigate to "My Computer", right-click on each connected device and select "Eject": Ejecting external storage devices

Step 3: Log-out of cloud storage accounts.

Some ransomware-type might be able to hijack software that handles data stored within "the Cloud". Therefore, the data could be corrupted/encrypted. For this reason, you should log-out of all cloud storage accounts within browsers and other related software. You should also consider temporarily uninstalling the cloud-management software until the infection is completely removed.

Identify the ransomware infection:

To properly handle an infection, one must first identify it. Some ransomware infections use ransom-demand messages as an introduction (see the WALDO ransomware text file below).

Identify ransomware-type infection (step 1)

This, however, is rare. In most cases, ransomware infections deliver more direct messages simply stating that data is encrypted and that victims must pay some sort of ransom. Note that ransomware-type infections typically generate messages with different file names (for example, "_readme.txt", "READ-ME.txt", "DECRYPTION_INSTRUCTIONS.txt", "DECRYPT_FILES.html", etc.). Therefore, using the name of a ransom message may seem like a good way to identify the infection. The problem is that most of these names are generic and some infections use the same names, even though the delivered messages are different and the infections themselves are unrelated. Therefore, using the message filename alone can be ineffective and even lead to permanent data loss (for example, by attempting to decrypt data using tools designed for different ransomware infections, users are likely to end up permanently damaging files and decryption will no longer be possible even with the correct tool).

Another way to identify a ransomware infection is to check the file extension, which is appended to each encrypted file. Ransomware infections are often named by the extensions they append (see files encrypted by Qewe ransomware below).

Identify ransomware-type infection (step 2)

This method is only effective, however, when the appended extension is unique - many ransomware infections append a generic extension (for example, ".encrypted", ".enc", ".crypted", ".locked", etc.). In these cases, identifying ransomware by its appended extension becomes impossible.

One of the easiest and quickest ways to identify a ransomware infection is to use the ID Ransomware website. This service supports most existing ransomware infections. Victims simply upload a ransom message and/or one encrypted file (we advise you to upload both if possible).

Identify ransomware-type infection (step 3)

The ransomware will be identified within seconds and you will be provided with various details, such as the name of the malware family to which the infection belongs, whether it is decryptable, and so on.

Example 1 (Qewe [Stop/Djvu] ransomware):

Identify ransomware-type infection (step 4)

Example 2 (.iso [Phobos] ransomware):

Identify ransomware-type infection (step 5)

If your data happens to be encrypted by a ransomware that is not supported by ID Ransomware, you can always try searching the internet by using certain keywords (for example, ransom message title, file extension, provided contact emails, cryptowallet addresses, etc.).

Search for ransomware decryption tools:

Encryption algorithms used by most ransomware-type infections are extremely sophisticated and, if the encryption is performed properly, only the developer is capable of restoring data. This is because decryption requires a specific key, which is generated during the encryption. Restoring data without the key is impossible. In most cases, cyber criminals store keys on a remote server, rather than using the infected machine as a host. Dharma (CrySis), Phobos, and other families of high-end ransomware infections are virtually flawless, and thus restoring data encrypted without the developers' involvement is simply impossible. Despite this, there are dozens of ransomware-type infections that are poorly developed and contain a number of flaws (for example, the use of identical encryption/decryption keys for each victim, keys stored locally, etc.). Therefore, always check for available decryption tools for any ransomware that infiltrates your computer.

Finding the correct decryption tool on the internet can be very frustrating. For this reason, we recommend that you use the No More Ransom Project and this is where identifying the ransomware infection is useful. The No More Ransom Project website contains a "Decryption Tools" section with a search bar. Enter the name of the identified ransomware, and all available decryptors (if there are any) will be listed.

Searching for ransomware decryption tools in nomoreransom.org website

Restore files with data recovery tools:

Depending on the situation (quality of ransomware infection, type of encryption algorithm used, etc.), restoring data with certain third-party tools might be possible. Therefore, we advise you to use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro. This tool supports over a thousand data types (graphics, video, audio, documents, etc.) and it is very intuitive (little knowledge is necessary to recover data).

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Step 1: Perform a scan.

Hover your mouse over the partition you wish to scan and select "Scan". You can also select a specific folder, or click shortcut icons to scan the Desktop or Recycle Bin: Scanning the storage drive with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard PRO (step 1)

Wait for EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro to complete the scan. The scanning duration depends on the volume of files (both in quantity and size) that you are scanning (for example, several hundreds gigabytes could take over an hour to scan). Therefore, be patient during the scanning process. We also advise against modifying or deleting existing files, since this might interfere with the scan. If you add additional data (for example, downloading files/content) while scanning, this will prolong the process: Scanning the storage drive with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard PRO (step 2)

Step 2: Recover data.

Once the process is complete, select the folders/files you wish to restore and simply click "Recover". Note that some free space on your storage drive is necessary to restore data. Note also that the trial version of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is only capable of scanning drives and listing recoverable files - to restore them, you must purchase a license: Recovering data with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro

Step 3: Save the scan session (optional).

We recommend that you save the scanning session once you have completed recovery, in case you decide to recover additional files later. Simply click the "Save Scan Session" icon in the upper-right corner of the screen and choose the location for the file to be saved. This will save a lot of time, since you will not need to re-scan the storage drive the next time you wish to restore something. Bear in mind, however, that data removed after the scanning session has finished will not be listed: Saving scan session in EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro

Create data backups:

Proper file management and creating backups is essential for data security. Therefore, always be very careful and think ahead.

Partition management: We recommend that you store your data in multiple partitions and avoid storing important files within the partition that contains the entire operating system. If you fall into a situation whereby you cannot boot the system and are forced to format the disk on which the operating system is installed (in most cases, this is where malware infections hide), you will lose all data stored within that drive. This is the advantage of having multiple partitions: if you have the entire storage device assigned to a single partition, you will be forced to delete everything, however, creating multiple partitions and allocating the data properly allows you to prevent such problems. You can easily format a single partition without affecting the others - therefore, one will be cleaned and the others will remain untouched, and your data will be saved. Managing partitions is quite simple and you can find all necessary information on Microsoft's documentation web page.

Data backups: The most reliable backup method is to use an external storage device and keep it unplugged. Copy your data to an external hard drive, flash (thumb) drive, SSD, HDD, or any other storage device, unplug it and store it in a dry place away from sun and extreme temperatures. This method is, however, quite inefficient, since data backups and updates need to be made regularly. You can also use a cloud service or remote server. Here, an internet connection is required and there is always the chance of a security breach. Therefore, you should consider using an application to create data backups locally.

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We recommend using the EaseUS Todo Backup application. The "Home" edition of EaseUS Todo Backup is usually more than adequate for regular users, however, the "Business" edition is more suitable for companies and large computer networks. The EaseUS Todo Backup application provides extensive data protection features. You can easily create backups, and encrypt and compress them for enhanced protection and storage saving purposes. It also allows you to set backup schedules, create bootable devices, and restore the system if a crash occurs. You can easily choose where to store the created backup: locally; uploaded to an external drive; FTP; cloud storage, or elsewhere. In summary, EaseUS Todo Backup is an all-in-one tool, which provides all features required to properly backup your data.

Creating a data backup:

The backup process is virtually identical regardless of the item (file, partition, entire system) you wish to backup. Taking the File Backup feature as an example:

Step 1: Choose which item to backup.

Click on the "Menu" icon in the upper-left corner of the screen to reveal the menu and select "File Backup": Creating data backups with EaseUS Todo Backup tool (step 1)

Select the files you want to backup. You can also enter a name and description of the backup that will be created: Creating data backups with EaseUS Todo Backup tool (step 2)

Step 2: Change the default settings.

The EaseUS Todo Backup application provides a variety of additional options that can be added/modified while creating the backup. For example, you can encrypt data (add a password), select the compression rate (how much the backup should be compressed), performance (how many system resources should be allocated), add an email notification (you receive an email once the process is complete) and so on.

To open the options window, click the "Backup options" button in the lower-left corner of the screen: Creating data backups with EaseUS Todo Backup tool (step 3)

Select the settings you want to change and click "Save". You can also reset your changes by clicking "Reset to initial settings": Creating data backups with EaseUS Todo Backup tool (step 4)

Step 3: Select the backup destination.

As mentioned above, EaseUS Todo Backup allows you to choose where backups are saved - locally or externally.

Click the "Browse..." button and select the location you want the backup to be saved: Creating data backups with EaseUS Todo Backup tool (step 5)

Step 4: Safety measures and process completion.

Depending on the location you have chosen, there are a number of measures you should or should not take. If you are uploading to an internet-connected location (for example, Cloud storage, FTP, etc.), be sure to maintain your internet connection, otherwise you will have to start again. The same applies to external storage devices - do not unplug them until the process is complete.

The progress bar displays estimated time remaining until completion. Large backups (hundreds of gigabytes) can take hours to create (depending on storage device speed, internet connection, etc.). Therefore, the application also allows you to optionally choose what the system should do (shut down, sleep or hibernate) once the process has finished: Creating data backups with EaseUS Todo Backup tool (step 6)

The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups.

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