What does .jenkins stand for?
Jenkins virus is the newest type of file-encryption ransomwares. These malicious programs aim at the preventing a victim from the accessing to the definite file formats. The choice of the formats is a unique for every ransomware. What about Jenkins, it attacks a great amount of media files formats and documents, however, it can be modified and get the ability to encrypt executable files and various libraries. As the rule, this virus spreads by the means of fake installators: hackers try to make a potential victim think, that such installator is safe to execute, but once this happens, the virus immediately begins to integrate into the operating system. This way is the most widely used one, however, there is a great amount of them. For example, hackers can integrate the code of the virus into a document. Once such a file is opened, the code is executed and the virus by the means of various backdoors sneaks into the system. When it’s in, Jenkins begins to make changes in the registry folder and tries to hide itself in the system process. By the means of these actions it makes the system think, that everything is alright. Then it steals files from your computer, that contain passwords, accounts, information that belongs to your business and other valuable information. After it, Jenkins begins to modify appropriate file formats and as the result these files get new extensions – .jenkins. Then it creates the ransom note, that is called “!READ_ME.txt“. By the means of this note the criminals try to assure victims, that they can easily decrypt files for the fee. Unfortunately, the surest way to decrypt the data is to get the decryptor from them, but as the rule, the hackers just ignore their victims, once they’ve been paid. However, analysis showed us, that Jenkins ransomware doesn’t remove shadow copies, so you can try to restore your files. For this purpose we’ve prepared the detailed guide on how to remove Jenkins ransomware and decrypt .jenkins files.
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- How to remove Jenkins Ransomware from your computer
- How to decrypt .jenkins files
- Data Recovery
- Automated decryption tools
- Other software
How to remove Jenkins Ransomware from your computer?
We strongly recommend you to use a powerful anti-malware program that has this threat in its database. It will mitigate the risks of the wrong installation, and will remove Jenkins from your computer with all of its leftovers and register files.
Solution for Windows users: our choice is Thor. Thor security scans your computer and detects various threats like Jenkins, then removes it with all of the related malicious files, folders and registry keys.
If you are Mac user, we advise you to use Combo Cleaner.
How to decrypt .jenkins files?
Once you’ve removed the virus, you are probably thinking how to decrypt .jenkins files or at least restore them. Let’s take a look at possible ways of decrypting your data.
Restore .jenkins files with Data Recovery
- Download and install Data Recovery
- Select drives and folders with your files, then click Scan.
- Choose all the files in a folder, then press on Restore button.
- Manage export location.
Decrypt .jenkins files with other software
Unfortunately, due to the novelty of Jenkins ransomware, there are no decryptors that can surely decrypt encrypted files. Still, there is no need to invest in the malicious scheme by paying a ransom. You are able to recover files manually.
You can try to use one of these methods in order to restore your encrypted data manually.
Decrypt .jenkins files with Emsisoft decryptor
This software includes information about more than 100 viruses of STOP(DJVU) family and others. All that you need are two files or some luck. You can freely use it as it distributes free of charge. If it doesn’t work for you, you can use another method.
Restore .jenkins files with Windows Previous Versions
This feature is working on Windows Vista (not Home version), Windows 7 and later versions. Windows keeps copies of files and folders which you can use to restore data on your computer. In order to restore data from Windows Backup, take the following steps:
- Open My Computer and search for the folders you want to restore;
- Right-click on the folder and choose Restore previous versions option;
- The option will show you the list of all the previous copies of the folder;
- Select restore date and the option you need: Open, Copy and Restore.
Restore .jenkins files with System Restore
You can always try to use System Restore in order to roll back your system to its condition before infection infiltration. All the Windows versions include this option.
- Type restore in the Search tool;
- Click on the result;
- Choose restore point before the infection infiltration;
- Follow the on-screen instructions.