Cryptoblocker aftermath: decrypting files

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QuesterLEJ

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Hello,


A few months ago my Windows 8.1 PC was infected with the CryptoBlocker virus. Instead of removing the virus outright, I simply reformatted my hard drive and reinstalled the OS, thinking that whatever files the virus had encrypted were on my machine (nothing I couldn't replace). I was wrong.


I just took a look at my OneDrive contents (after not needing to use it for a while) and saw that all Office documents I had saved now include the .ECC extension. After some digging I discovered that this indicates (no surprise) that the files were encrypted via "Elliptical Curve Cryptography," no doubt by the virus.


Since I am no longer infected with CryptoBlocker, I cannot remove the virus. Is there a way I can remove the encryption? Some of the files are quite important, including the beginning of a manuscript for a novel I am writing. Any assistance gladly welcomed!


I am very tech-savvy and have no problem "getting my hands dirty."


Luke
 
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