Coot is a file-encrypting virus that denies victim to access personal and valuable files on an infected computer. Malware author affirms that these files will remain unusable unless the victim will pay the ransom.
The creator of STOP ransomware released another file-encrypting virus known as Coot. If you failed to access text documents, images, videos, databases, and other personal and valuable files on the computer, it simply means that Coot is bugging your system. This virus targets those files and renames it by affixing .coot extension.
When the encryption process is completed, it drops a _readme.txt file on a victim’s windows desktop. It contains details about what happened to your files and how to restore it. Coot ransomware states that your files are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key. It stresses out that the only way to decode all infected files is by paying for a decrypt tool. In other words, the Coot virus placed a ransom note.
Coot ransomware demand victim to pay $980 in exchange for a unique key and decrypt software. It also gives a 50% discount if you contact them within 72 hours. Malware author advised victim to send an email to salesrestoresoftware @ firemail.cc.
If you encounter this computer infection, please do not attempt to negotiate or deal with this kind of person. The only reason why Coot virus was made is to extort money from its victims. Hence, there is no assurance that they will restore your files after paying for the requested amount. Most probably, they will ask for higher a ransom price.
The best you can do is eliminating Coot virus from your computer. If you have a data backup, then there is no more issue. However, if you do not have, it is sad to say but paying a ransom is not an option. Maybe it is time to back up your files habitually.
Coot and other ransomware viruses are commonly spread through free downloads. It hides alongside freeware and shareware as an extra offer. If you install free applications in Default mode, chances are you install a piece of malicious code like Coot virus. Thus, always opt for Advanced/Custom settings to avoid the same online infection next time. Furthermore, be mindful when opening an email especially if you do not know the source. At times, Coot virus transmits via malicious email attachment.
Coot Removal Procedures
Systematic procedures to get rid of the threat are presented on this section. Make sure to scan the computer with suggested tools and scanners.
Step 1 : Reboot Windows Into Safe Mode With Networking.
First thing you should do is reboot the computer in Safe Mode with Networking to avoid Coot from loading at start-up.
NOTE: You will need to PRINT or BOOKMARK this procedure, as we have to restart the computer during the removal process.
1 Remove all media such as Memory Card, cd, dvd, and USB devices. Then, restart the computer.
2 Boot Windows computer into SafeMode with Networking.
Instructions for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 system
a) Before Windows begins to load, press F8 on your keyboard.
b) It will display the Advanced Boot Options menu. Select Safe Mode with Networking.
Procedures for Windows 8 and Windows 10
a) Before Windows begins to load, press Shift and F8 on your keyboard.
b) On Recovery interface, click on 'See advanced repair options'.
c) Next, click on Troubleshoot option.
d) Then, select Advanced options from the list.
e) Lastly, please choose Windows Startup Settings and click on Restart. When Windows restarts, you will be send to a familiar Advanced Boot Options screen.
f) Select Safe Mode with Networking from the selections menu.
Step 2 : Detect and Remove Coot with Anti-malware Tool
3 Once the computer boots into Safe Mode with Networking, download the Removal Tool and save it on your Desktop or any location on your PC.
4 When finished downloading, locate and double-click on the file to install the application. Windows' User Account Control will prompt at this point, please click Yes to continue installing the program.
5 Follow the prompts and install with default configuration.
6 Before the installation completes, check prompts that software will run and update on itself.
7 Click Finish. Program will run automatically and you will be prompted to update the program before doing a scan. Please download needed update.
8 When finished updating, the tool will run. Select Perform full scan on main screen to check your computer thoroughly.
9 Scanning may take a while. When done, click on Show Results.
10 Make sure that all detected threats are checked, click on Remove Selected. This will delete all files and registry entries that belongs to Coot.
11 Finally, restart your computer.
Note: If Coot prevents mbam-setup.exe from downloading. Download the software from another computer. Renaming it to something like 'anything.exe' can help elude the malware.
Step 3 : Additional Anti-virus and Anti-rootkit Scans
Ensure that no more files of Coot are left inside the computer
12 Click on the button below to download Norton Power Eraser from official web site. Save it to your desktop or any location of your choice.
13 Once the file is downloaded, navigate its location and double-click on the icon (NPE.exe) to launch the program.
14 Norton Power Eraser will run. If it prompts for End User License Agreement, please click on Accept.
15 On NPE main window, click on Advanced. We will attempt to remove Coot components without restarting the computer.
16 On next window, select System Scan and click on Scan now to perform standard scan on your computer.
17 NPE will proceed with the scan. It will search for Trojans, viruses, and malware like Coot. This may take some time, depending on the number of files currently stored on the computer.
18 When scan is complete. All detected risks are listed. Remove them and restart Windows if necessary.
Alternative Removal Procedure for Coot
Use Windows System Restore to return Windows to previous state
During an infection, Coot drops various files and registry entries. The threat intentionally hides system files by setting options in the registry. With these rigid changes, the best solution is to return Windows to previous working state is through System Restore.
To verify if System Restore is active on your computer, please follow the instructions below to access this feature.
Access System Restore on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
a) Go to Start Menu, then under 'Run' or 'Search Program and Files' field, type rstrui.
b) Then, press Enter on the keyboard to open System Restore Settings.
Open System Restore on Windows 8 and Windows 10
a) Hover your mouse cursor to the lower left corner of the screen and wait for the Start icon to appear.
b) Right-click on the icon and select Run from the list. This will open a Run dialog box.
c) Type rstrui on the 'Open' field and click on OK to initiate the command.
If previous restore point is saved, you may proceed with Windows System Restore. Click here to see the full procedure.