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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans

Jope Ransomware

Jope Ransomware is not a threat to joke about as it can ruin all its victims’ personal files. To be more precise, the malicious application only encrypts files to lock them, so it does not exactly damage any data. However, without special decryption tools encrypted files are worthless devices should be unable to read them. The hackers behind the malware claim to have the needed decryption tools, but you should know that they might not deliver them to you, even if you do everything that they ask of you. Unfortunately, the cybercriminals may demand from 490 to 980 US dollars so if you get scammed, you could lose quite a lot of money for nothing. Therefore, we advise not to rush and find out more about the malware before you make your final decision. Further in this text, you can learn not only more about how the threat works but also how to erase it. Also, we display removal instructions just a bit below the article that show how to delete Jope Ransomware.

Usually, victims who encounter threats like Jope Ransomware do not realize how they got it. That is because these malicious applications are often disguised to look like harmless files, which is why users open them without realizing that their systems are about to get infected. Ransomware installers can be spread through file-sharing web pages as well as email messages. Thus, we highly recommend against going to unreliable file-sharing sites. Also, we advise being cautious if you receive any unexpected emails or messages from unknown people even if they only seem to be carrying text files or other harmless-looking data. If you need to open a file that is questionable, you should scan it with a reliable antimalware tool that could tell you if it could be carrying anything malicious. Also, it is wise to back up your files just in case that all safety precautions fail so that you could restore your data, and would not have to consider proposals from hackers.

The ransom note with the proposal from the Jope Ransomware’s developers ought to show up only after the malicious application finishes encrypting files. It should start this process as soon as it settles in, which it ought to do by creating data mentioned in our removal instructions. As for the encryption process, it should be performed silently in the background so that victims would not notice anything. However, since all targeted files receive an extension called .jope, users could sense that something is wrong if they notice files with this extension before the encryption process is over. If it happens, we advise turning off your computer immediately and then disconnecting the Internet as doing these things could interrupt the encryption process.

If Jope Ransomware is not interrupted, it should create a file called _readme.txt on the victim’s C: disk. This ransom note should contain a message saying that all important files were encrypted and the only way to restore them is to pay ransom in exchange for decryption tools. It might be said that users who contact hackers within 72 hours would get a 50 percent discount and would need to pay 490 US dollars. Plus, the ransom note may say that hacked guarantee that the offered decryption tools exist and can be provided. Unfortunately, while the hackers might be able to prove this, they cannot guarantee that you will receive the promised tools. Thus, for users who do not want to take any chances, we advise against putting up with any demands and concentrating on the malware’s deletion.

Our researchers say that removing Jope Ransomware would be a safer choice because if it stays on a system it can relaunch itself and encrypt new files. One way to get rid of it is to erase all files belonging to it one by one. This task could be challenging, but if you think you are up to it, we offer our removal steps placed below. There is also another way to delete Jope Ransomware. Instead of erasing its files manually, you could perform a full system scan with a reputable antimalware tool that could erase the malware for you after the scan is over.

Restart your system in Safe Mode with Networking

Windows 8/Windows 10

  1. Tap Win+I for Windows 8 or open the Start menu for Windows 10.
  2. Click the Power button
  3. Press and hold the Shift key and click Restart.
  4. Choose Troubleshoot and pick Advanced Options.
  5. Select Startup Settings and click Restart.
  6. Press the F5 key and restart the PC.

Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7

  1. Go to Start, pick Shutdown options and click Restart.
  2. Press and hold the F8 key when the computer starts restarting.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from Advanced Boot Options window.
  4. Click Enter and log on to the computer.

Delete Jope Ransomware

  1. Press Win+E.
  2. Check these directories:
  3. Search for the malware’s installer, right-click the threat’s launcher and press Delete.
  4. Go to:
    %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data
  5. Find randomly named folders, for example, 7v7mk177-32c4-679d-7f16-7e28ac2d8th2, right-click them and press Delete.
  6. Find and right-click files called _readme.txt and select Delete.
  7. Go to C:\SystemID
  8. Locate a file called PersonalID.txt, right-click it, and select Delete.
  9. Find this path: %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks
  10. Check if there is a task named Time Trigger Task.
  11. If you see it, right-click it and press Delete.
  12. Exit File Explorer.
  13. Press Win+R.
  14. Type Regedit and press Enter.
  15. Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  16. Look for a value name created by the malware, for example, SysHelper.
  17. Right-click the threat’s value name and choose Delete.
  18. Exit Registry Editor.
  19. Empty Recycle Bin.
  20. Restart the computer.
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