Remove Reco Ransomware (Decrypt .reco Files)

By | Posted on October 5, 2019 |

Reco ransomware is another virus from STOP family of malware. One method in which the virus spreads quickly over the internet is through spam email messages. Attackers emails are normally in disguise of correspondence from prominent organization and present the attached file as valid document that needs urgent viewing by the recipient. Once opened, the included Reco ransomware virus will initiate several attack stages. The first would be to inflict unwanted changes on the computer that will cause substantial effect on its security features. Reco virus will deactivate anti-virus programs and prevent the computer from communicating to various security websites.

Next, Reco will search the drive for important files and apply a sophisticated encryption protocol to make it unusable. In addition, the ransom virus will get to append all encrypted files with .reco extension. As an example, testament.doc will transform into testament.doc.reco after it was encrypted by the virus.

All encrypted files will remain on inoperable state unless they are decrypted using the suitable combination of codes and keys. This is all documented on the _readme.txt file, which Reco generates on the same exact location as infected files. Here are the excerpts from the ransom note:

ATTENTION!
Don’t worry, 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…

Paying the online criminals for demanded ransom money is not recommended presumably because there is no guarantee that private key and decryption tool they are offering will restore .reco files to original format. In addition, it is risky to deal with people behind Reco especially that they are operating on underground environment where they can flee away after receiving the ransom money.

What malware researchers suggests is to archive all encrypted files and wait for the release of free Reco ransomware decryption tool. During on this type of attack, it is vital get rid of the virus immediately to avoid infecting other files.

How to Remove Reco Ransomware

Ransomware files are placed deeply into the system and on various locations, thus, thorough scanning is vital to totally remove Reco 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 MB3-Setup-[version].exe.

3. Carry out the installation with default setup process.

4. At the last stage of installation process, click the Finish button. The program should launch momentarily.

5. On Malwarebytes Anti-Malware console, select Scan from the menu to see available Scan Method.

6. Next, click on Threat Scan. This is the most complete scan method that will surely find any hidden malicious objects associated to Reco ransomware.

7. Finally, click on Start Scan begin checking the computer for malware and similar threats.

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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 Reco’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)

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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 Reco ransomware. Another option is to browse the location folder and double click on the file to run.

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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.

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5. Next, you will see Scan Type. Please choose Full Scan to ensure that all Reco 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.

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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.

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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 Reco ransomware have been completely deleted from the computer. Please restart Windows to proceed with the normal operation.

Stage 3 : Unlocking files with Reco Decryption Tool

Tools that may decrypt files infected by Reco 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 Reco 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 Reco 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 Reco 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 Reco ransomware infection.

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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.

5 thoughts on “Remove Reco Ransomware (Decrypt .reco Files)

  1. Varenya

    My machine got infected with this .reco ransomware. I’ve got it disinfected but I am not able to recover my encrypted files. Data recovery tools, shadow recovery didn’t work. I am looking for some decryption tools. I came across STOPDecryptor but it doesn’t support .reco yet. Any help appreciated!

  2. Umair Hashmi

    Hi,

    Thanks for the information. I tried the above solutions. I restored my system to get rid of this virus.

    As I am using windows 8.1 so I can’t restore files with windows previous versions.

    I tried to run data recovery software but it only recovered deleted files. I couldn’t find a way to recover the files that are affected by .reco extension.

    Is there any data recovery tool that can help to recover affected files that are not deleted and still the computer?

    Regards,

    Umair

  3. Aamir

    Brother please help me. All my data are encrypted by Reco virus. I was trying StopCecrypter but not working. Please give me solution. My boss will get mad and I will loss my job also if I can’t get back data.

  4. Mfixer

    Guys, .reco is not yet recoverable by StopDecrypter nor Decrypter_2. Let’s wait a while.

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