.CONTACTUS Files Virus – How to Remove and Restore Your Data

This article has been created in order to help explain what is the .CONTACTUS ransomware virus and how to remove it from your computer plus restore files, encrypted by it.

A new ransomware infection, believed to be an updated variant of .PAUSA ransomware has been reported by security researchers to encrypt the files on the computers infected by it and then leave behind the .CONTACTUS file suffix. The ransomware also drops a ransom note, called !!!RESTORE_FILES!!!.txt which aims get victims to pay a hefty ransom fee to the cyber-criminals in order to get their files restored back to their working state.

Threat Summary

Name.CONTACTUS Files Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionAims to encrypt the files on your PC and then leaves behind a ransom note, asking you to pay ransom to restore files.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted with the .CONTACUS file extension added to them. A ransom note is dropped, known as !!!RESTORE_FILES!!!.txt
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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Malware Removal Tool

User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss .CONTACTUS Files Virus.Data Recovery ToolWindows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.

.CONTACTUS Ransomware – Spread

The .CONTACUS ransomware could infect victims computers using different methods. One of those methods is via a payload dropper file which is basically an intermediary malware, that is obfuscated and aims to evade various antivirus programs and other protection software. These types of files are usually dropped as a result of the infection file being uploaded (Read more...)

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