Devos is a kind of ransomware which normally scan through computers to locate personal and important files of users to be encrypted and locked using a highly complex algorithm. If a file or document is corrupted by Devos ransomware, it will remain inaccessible until the victim settles a ransom fee. Just like how a typical ransomware behaves, Devos developers will change the current name of every infected file adding their file extension .Devos (.id[XXXXXXXX-2653].[kabennalzly @ aol.com].Devos). After corrupting data from victims, they will issue a note which is a text file named under Info.txt. It contains the ransom message from Devos operators stating what happens to the file and how to recover it. Normally, Devos ransomware will demand huge amount of money to decrypt infected data. There are times that they offer a discount if victims will get to contact them as soon as possible via provided email address – kabennalzly @ aol.com.
The email states that victims can include one infected data that Devos ransomware makers will decrypt by them free of charge as a testament that file decryption is possible. Devos ransomware aims to generate income by encrypting files of target victims and exploit this scenario to demand ransom money. Devos developers usually use crypto-currencies on their transactions, so payment from victims should be in Bitcoin currency. In exchange for the payment, Devos operators will send a decryption tool to recover infected files. However, do not rely on what cyber criminals are saying, there are instances that hackers do not comply with what is agreed by both parties.
Devos ransomware can spread on computer devices through spam email campaigns or fake software updates from malicious websites where web users recently accessed. Email spammers sometimes disguise themselves as senders from a well known company and sends email to random targets. Devos operators typically attach malware-infected files that when opened, it will automatically scan and encrypt certain files to ask for a ransom from their victims. The best way to avoid negotiating with cyber criminals is to properly store or save files or documents on a safe storage. Important data should be backed up to recover it easily whatever situation happens.
How to Remove Devos Ransomware
Ransomware files are placed deeply into the system and on various locations, thus, thorough scanning is vital to totally remove Devos virus. Aside from our suggested tool, you may also run your own security program.
Though affected files may be impossible to decrypt due to complexity of the encryption, you can still try recovery method like alternative tool, Shadow Explorer or Previous Version as described below.
Stage 1: Scan the Computer with Anti-Malware Tool
1. Download free anti-malware scanner called MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download Link (this will open a new window)
2. After downloading, install the program. It may run automatically or you have to double-click on the downloaded file MBSetup.exe.
3. Carry out the installation with default setup process.
4. After the installation process, click the Get Started button to launch the program.
5. Continue with the prompts until the main program opens.
6. On the main console, click on Scan to run most complete detection method to find hidden objects associated to Devos ransomware.
7. Scanning may take a while. Please wait until the anti-malware tool is done with the checking.
8. Once the scan has completed, the tool will display the list of detected threats. Remove all identified malicious items and restart the computer if necessary.
Stage 2: Double-check for Devos’s leftover with Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool
1. Download the free scanner called Malicious Software Removal Tool.
Malicious Software Removal Tool Download Link (this will open a new window)
2. The tool automatically checks the operating system and suggest appropriate download version. Click on Download button to begin. Save the file to a convenient location, preferably on Desktop.
3. After downloading the file, Windows will prompt that download has completed. Click Run to start scanning for Devos ransomware. Another option is to browse the location folder and double click on the file to run.
4. The tool will display Welcome screen, click Next. Please note the message “This tool is not a replacement for an antivirus product.” You must understand that this program is made specifically to find and remove malware, viruses, Trojans, and other harmful elements on the computer. It was not designed to protect the computer.
5. Next, you will see Scan Type. Please choose Full Scan to ensure that all Devos ransom virus entities and other harmful files left on the computer will be found and removed. For advanced computer user, you can opt for Customized Scan, if there are other drives or folders you wanted to include in this scan.
6. Full scan may take a while, please wait for Malicious Software Removal Tool to complete the tasks. However, you may cancel the scan anytime by clicking on the Cancel button.
7. After scanning, the tool will reveal all identified threats. There may be other threats that our first scan fails to detect. Please remove/delete all detected items.
8. When removal procedure is complete, you may now close Malicious Software Removal Tool. We hope that Devos ransomware have been completely deleted from the computer. Please restart Windows to proceed with the normal operation.
Stage 3 : Unlocking files with Devos Decryption Tool
Tools that may decrypt files infected by Devos is not yet available at this time. We will update this section once the tool is on hand. In the meantime, please try the options below.
Option 1: Windows Previous Version Tool
Windows Vista and Windows 7 have a feature called Previous Versions. However, this tool is only usable if restore point was made prior to Devos ransomware infection. To use this tool and recover files affected by the virus, please follow these steps:
1. Open My Computer or Windows Explorer.
2. Right-click on the affected files or folders. From the drop-down list, please click on Restore previous versions.
3. New window will open display all backup copy of files and folders you wanted to recover. Choose the appropriate file and click on Open, Copy, or Restore. Restoring selected files overwrites the current encrypted files on the computer.
Option 2: Use ShadowExplorer to restore files encrypted by Devos Ransomware
Just like Previous Version tool, ShadowExplorer is taking advantage of shadow copy created by Windows. This tool allows you to retrieve older version of files before it was encrypted by Devos ransomware.
1. Download ShadowExplorer from the official web site.
2. Install the program with the default settings.
3. The program should run automatically after installation. If not, double-click on ShadowExplorer icon.
4. You can see the drop-down list on top of the console. Please select proper drive and the most recent point-in-time shadow copies of files you wish to restore prior to Devos ransomware infection.
5. Right-click on the Drive, Folder, or File you wish to restore and click Export…
6. Lastly, ShadowExplorer will prompt for location where you want to save the copy of recovered files.