Infected with Ataware Ransomware? Need to decrypt your files?

What is Ataware Ransomware

Ataware is a cryptovirus affinity with any other cryptovirus is not installed. Like many others, it encrypts user data using AES encryption. Cryptovirus requires a ransom of 500 points, which is an incredibly huge amount. It is worth noting that the cryptovirus became most common in early April 2019 and was originally aimed at users who speak English, but this cryptovirus has already spread throughout the world. After encryption, the cryptovirus changes the file extension to .atanur. The virus creates a special lock screen, which is a note with the demands of the intruders. Below we provide an image of this note and its contents.

Ataware Ransomware

Ooops, your files have been encrypted!
--What happened?--
Your data were encrypted and you don't have an access to your assets anymore.
You may attempt to decrypt your files, however,it may be just waste of your time.
--Who are you?--
We are just random people.
--How can I contact you?--
Unfortunately you can't contact us.We do not provide customer service.
--How can I restore my files?--
You may kindly ask for a decryption key,but it will cost you 500 points.
--If I pay, do you guarantee to send me the decryption key?--
We always guarantee high quality services.

In this note, the attackers recommend not to waste time and immediately pay 500 points. Of course, we do not recommend you to do this, as there is no guarantee that the fraudsters will really return your files to you in their original form. Below you can find our recommendations for removing Ataware and decrypting your files.

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How Ataware Ransomware infected your PC

Most often this happens through unprotected network settings, since, due to the lack of a good anti-virus program, Ataware can hack any network. It can also sometimes come as an attachment to a spam mailing list, or it can penetrate as a false update for hotels or programs that are installed on your system. We recommend that you use good antivirus software and other programs that are able to prevent the penetration of similar cryptovirus. Below we have indicated several options for removing Ataware and decrypting your files. Good luck.

First of all, don’t panic. Follow these easy steps below.

1. Start your computer in Safe Mode with networking. To do that, restart your computer before your system starts hit F8 several times. This will Ataware Ransomware system from loading and will show Advanced boot options screen. Choose Safe mode with networking option from the options list using up and down arrows on your keyboard and hit Enter.
2. Log in to the system infected with the Ataware Ransomware virus. Launch your Internet browser and download a reliable anti-malware program and start a full system scan. Once the scan is complete, review scan results and remove all entries detected.

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Restore your files using shadow copies


  1. Download and run Stellar Data Recovery.
  2. Select type of files you want to restore and click Next.
  3. Select the drive and folder where your files are located and date that you want to restore them from and press Scan.
  4. Once the scanning process is done, click Recover to restore your files.
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Step 2: Remove following files and folders of Ataware Ransomware:

Related connections or other entries:

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How to decrypt files infected by Ataware Ransomware?

You can try to use manual methods to restore and decrypt your files.

Decrypt files manually

Restore the system using System Restore

system restore

Although latest versions of Ataware Ransomware remove system restore files, this method may help you partially restore your files. Give it a try and use standard System Restore to revive your data.

  1. Initiate the search for ‘system restore
  2. Click on the result
  3. Choose the date before the infection appearance
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions

Roll the files back to the previous version

Previous versions can be copies of files and folders created by Windows Backup (if it is active) or copies of files and folders created by System Restore. You can use this feature to restore files and folders that you accidentally modified or deleted, or that were damaged. This feature is available in Windows 7 and later versions.

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  1. Right-click the file and choose Properties
  2. Open the Previous Version tab
  3. Select the latest version and click Copy
  4. Click Restore

Written by Rami Duafi

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