.Grovat Ransomware virus is a malware that invisibly penetrates the computer and encrypts documents, photos and music which stored on machine disks. While encrypting, it renames all encrypted files so that they have the .grovat file extension.
Immediately after the launch, the Grovat Ransomware ransomware virus scans all available drives, including network and cloud storage, to determine which files will be encrypted. The virus uses the file name extension, as a way to define a group of files that will be subjected to encrypting. Encrypted almost all types of files, including common as:
.itl, .xmmap, .ff, .blob, .pptx, .das, .vcf, .wmv, .pkpass, .wp, .docm, .odb, .sid, .wmf, .wbd, .xlsx, .dcr, .upk, .forge, .srf, .wgz, .xyp, .pem, .bar, .p7c, .sav, .p7b, .rofl, .doc, .m4a, .ws, .jpeg, .snx, .psd, .itdb, .xlgc, .wb2, .psk, .ybk, .wm, .layout, .mp4, .xyw, .rar, .kdc, .zip, .pst, .wpd, .wsh, .wotreplay, .x3f, .wav, .hkx, .pdf, .ibank, .xls, .slm, .syncdb, .t13, .fpk, .hkdb, .cdr, .rgss3a, .zdb, .wpa, .wpw, .xml, .gdb, .wdb, .epk, .wma, .raw, .wpt, .wma, .py, .wpe, .big, .png, .dxg, .zabw, .wot, .wbm, .ai, .sidd, .iwd, .ltx, .dmp, .mdb, .mov, .hvpl, .lrf, .w3x, .cas, .x3d, .kdb, .wps, .1, .cer, .eps, .2bp, .xlsb, .arch00, .sql, .fos, .icxs, .csv, .js, .cr2, .mrwref, .mcmeta, .ntl, .vpk, .wri, .der, .mdf, .wpg, .z3d, .bc6, .wpd, .arw, .xlsm, .txt, .wmo, .bkf, .jpg, .xbdoc, .zw, .map, .sidn, .svg, .sie, .sb, .dba, .webp, .flv, .d3dbsp, .litemod, .sr2, .accdb, .xx, .wire, .webdoc, .bay, .cfr, .xxx, .xar, .odp, .odm, .xlk, .wpb, .x, .desc, .vtf, .nrw, .1st, .erf, .wbc, .raf, .wdp, .dbf, .gho, .xld, .p12, .ysp, .pdd, .wps, .xmind, .y, .css, wallet, .zi, .kf, .bc7, .r3d, .mlx, .hplg, .iwi, .3dm, .7z, .xlsm, .wp6, .0, .dwg, .z, .bsa, .rim, .vpp_pc, .vdf, .vfs0, .mpqge, .tor, .pfx, .ppt, .db0, .odt, .lvl, .orf, .mef, .avi, .wn, .rw2, .itm, .mddata, .re4, .pef, .rtf, .xy3, .xbplate, .apk, .qdf, .xls, .ptx, .indd, .wbz, .xll, .wpl, .wmv, .m2, .qic, .wp4, .odc, .crw, .esm, .docx, .fsh, .m3u, .sis, .crt, .rb, .wcf, .x3f, .rwl, .zif, .zdc, .wp5, .xpm, .menu, .srw, .ods, .asset, .wmd, .xf, .xwp, .wbmp, .yal, .wsd, .mdbackup, .sum, .tax, .t12, .dng, .wsc, .yml, .bkp, .lbf, .xlsx, .3ds, .wbk, .xdl, .wp7, .3fr, .jpe
When the ransomware encrypts a file, it will append the .grovat extension to every encrypted file. Once the ransomware virus finished enciphering of all personal files, it will drop the ransom note on how to decrypt all personal files. An example of the ransom demanding message is:
ATTENTION! Don't worry my friend, you can return all your files! All your files like photos, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key. The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you. This software will decrypt all your encrypted files. What guarantees you have? You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free. But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information. You can get and look video overview decrypt tool: https://we.tl/t-1LFQOfI0Se Price of private key and decrypt software is $980. Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that's price for you is $490. Please note that you'll never restore your data without payment. Check your e-mail "Spam" folder if you don't get answer more than 6 hours. To get this software you need write on our e-mail: email@example.com Reserve e-mail address to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org Your personal ID:
Instructions that is shown below, will help you to remove .Grovat Ransomware ransomware virus as well as restore (decrypt) encrypted documents, photos and music stored on your PC drives.
Table of contents
- How to remove .Grovat Ransomware virus
- How to decrypt .grovat files
- Use STOPDecrypter to decrypt .grovat files
- How to restore .grovat files
- How to protect your machine from .Grovat Ransomware virus?
- To sum up
How to remove .Grovat Ransomware virus
The following instructions will help you to remove .Grovat ransomware virus and other malicious software. Before doing it, you need to know that starting to get rid of the ransomware, you may block the ability to decrypt photos, documents and music by paying authors of the virus requested ransom. Zemana Anti-malware, KVRT and Malwarebytes Anti-malware can detect different types of active ransomware infections and easily remove it from your system, but they can not recover encrypted files.
How to remove .Grovat Ransomware with Zemana Anti-malware
Thinking about remove .Grovat ransomware from your personal computer? Then pay attention to Zemana. This is a well-known tool, originally created just to detect and get rid of malicious software, adware and PUPs. But by now it has seriously changed and can not only rid you of malware, but also protect your computer from ransomware, malware and adware software, as well as identify and remove common viruses and trojans.
Now you can set up and use Zemana AntiMalware to remove .Grovat Ransomware virus from your system by following the steps below:
Please go to the following link to download Zemana Free installer named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your PC. Save it to your Desktop.
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Run the setup file after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to set up this tool on your machine.
During setup you can change certain settings, but we suggest you do not make any changes to default settings.
When installation is finished, this malicious software removal utility will automatically start and update itself. You will see its main window as shown below.
Now click the “Scan” button to begin checking your PC system for the .Grovat ransomware virus and other kinds of potential threats. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your PC. While the Zemana Free utility is checking, you may see count of objects it has identified as being affected by malware.
Once the checking is finished, Zemana Free will show a screen that contains a list of malware that has been found. Review the scan results and then click “Next” button.
The Zemana will remove .Grovat Ransomware virus and other security threats and move threats to the program’s quarantine. Once the process is finished, you can be prompted to restart your personal computer to make the change take effect.
Remove Grovat ransomware with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM)
We suggest using the MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM). You can download and install MalwareBytes Free to scan for and remove Grovat Ransomware from your personal computer. When installed and updated, this free malware remover automatically identifies and removes all threats present on the computer.
Visit the page linked below to download MalwareBytes Free. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop or in any other place.
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When downloading is complete, close all software and windows on your machine. Double-click the install file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown in the figure below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you install MalwareBytes on your system. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once install is finished successfully, click Finish button. MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown on the screen below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to detect Grovat ransomware related files, folders and registry keys. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your PC. While the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) utility is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified as being affected by malware.
As the scanning ends, MalwareBytes AntiMalware will display a list of all threats found by the scan. Review the results once the tool has complete the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply press “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes will delete Grovat Ransomware virus and other malicious software and add threats to the Quarantine. After disinfection is done, you may be prompted to restart the computer.
We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) to remove adware, browser hijacker infection and other malware.
If the problem with .Grovat ransomware virus is still remained
If MalwareBytes antimalware or Zemana antimalware cannot get rid of this ransomware, then we recommends to use the KVRT. KVRT is a free removal utility for ransomware, adware, trojans and worms.
Download Kaspersky virus removal tool (KVRT) from the link below.
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After the download is complete, double-click on the KVRT icon. Once initialization procedure is finished, you’ll see the Kaspersky virus removal tool screen as displayed in the following example.
Click Change Parameters and set a check near all your drives. Click OK to close the Parameters window. Next press Start scan button . KVRT utility will start scanning the whole PC system to find out the .Grovat Ransomware virus . A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. While the KVRT application is scanning, you can see number of objects it has identified as threat.
Once KVRT has finished scanning, KVRT will show you the results as displayed on the screen below.
When you’re ready, click on Continue to begin a cleaning process.
How to decrypt .grovat files
The encryption method is so strong that it is practically impossible to decrypt .grovat files without the actual encryption key. The bad news is that the only way to get your files back is to pay ($490-980 in Bitcoins) makers of the .Grovat ransomware for a copy of the private (encryption) key.
Never pay the ransom! You might feel that you have no other choice but to pay up and decrypt .grovat personal files quickly. There is no guarantee that the makers of .Grovat ransomware will live up to the word and give back your personal files.
Use STOPDecrypter to decrypt .grovat files
Michael Gillespie (@) released a free decryption tool named STOPDecrypter (download from download.bleepingcomputer.com/demonslay335/STOPDecrypter.zip).
STOPDecrypter has been updated to include decryption support for the following .djvu* variants (.djvu, .djvuu, .udjvu, .djvuq, .djvur, .djvut, .pdff, .tro, .tfude, .tfudeq, .tfudet, .rumba, .adobe, .adobee, .blower, .promos. STOPDecrypter will work for any extension of the Djvu* variants including new extensions (.grovat).
Please check the twitter post for more info.
How to restore .grovat files
In some cases, you can recover files encrypted by .Grovat ransomware. Try both methods. Important to understand that we cannot guarantee that you will be able to recover all encrypted documents, photos and music.
Use ShadowExplorer to restore .grovat files
In order to restore .grovat documents, photos and music encrypted by the .Grovat ransomware virus from Shadow Volume Copies you can use a tool named ShadowExplorer. We suggest to use this method as it is easier to find and restore the previous versions of the encrypted files you need in an easy-to-use interface.
Download ShadowExplorer on your MS Windows Desktop from the link below.
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When the downloading process is complete, open a directory in which you saved it. Right click to ShadowExplorer-0.9-portable and select Extract all. Follow the prompts. Next please open the ShadowExplorerPortable folder like below.
Launch the ShadowExplorer utility and then choose the disk (1) and the date (2) that you wish to restore the shadow copy of file(s) encrypted by the .Grovat ransomware virus as displayed in the figure below.
Now navigate to the file or folder that you want to restore. When ready right-click on it and press ‘Export’ button as on the image below.
Recover .grovat files with PhotoRec
Before a file is encrypted, the .Grovat Ransomware virus makes a copy of this file, encrypts it, and then deletes the original file. This can allow you to recover your documents, photos and music using file recover software like PhotoRec.
Download PhotoRec from the following link.
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Update: March 1, 2018
After the downloading process is done, open a directory in which you saved it. Right click to testdisk-7.0.win and select Extract all. Follow the prompts. Next please open the testdisk-7.0 folder as on the image below.
Double click on qphotorec_win to run PhotoRec for Windows. It’ll display a screen as shown in the figure below.
Choose a drive to recover like below.
You will see a list of available partitions. Choose a partition that holds encrypted documents, photos and music as shown in the following example.
Click File Formats button and specify file types to restore. You can to enable or disable the recovery of certain file types. When this is complete, press OK button.
Next, press Browse button to choose where recovered documents, photos and music should be written, then press Search.
Count of recovered files is updated in real time. All restored files are written in a folder that you have chosen on the previous step. You can to access the files even if the recovery process is not finished.
When the recovery is finished, press on Quit button. Next, open the directory where recovered files are stored. You will see a contents as shown in the following example.
All restored personal files are written in recup_dir.1, recup_dir.2 … sub-directories. If you’re searching for a specific file, then you can to sort your recovered files by extension and/or date/time.
How to protect your machine from .Grovat Ransomware virus?
Most antivirus applications already have built-in protection system against the ransomware. Therefore, if your PC does not have an antivirus program, make sure you install it. As an extra protection, run the HitmanPro.Alert.
Use HitmanPro.Alert to protect your system from .Grovat Ransomware virus
All-in-all, HitmanPro.Alert is a fantastic tool to protect your computer from any ransomware. If ransomware is detected, then HitmanPro.Alert automatically neutralizes malware and restores the encrypted files. HitmanPro.Alert is compatible with all versions of Microsoft Windows OS from Windows XP to Windows 10.
HitmanPro Alert can be downloaded from the following link. Save it to your Desktop.
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Once downloading is complete, open the directory in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the HitmanPro.Alert desktop icon. Once the tool is launched, you’ll be displayed a window where you can select a level of protection, as shown in the figure below.
Now press the Install button to activate the protection.
To sum up
After completing the step-by-step instructions shown above, your computer should be clean from .Grovat Ransomware virus and other malicious software. Your system will no longer encrypt your documents, photos and music. Unfortunately, if the steps does not help you, then you have caught a new virus, and then the best way – ask for help here.