Hello all of you masters and non-masters in domain.
My name is Bogdan, and I'm from Romania. For almost a month now I'm trying to undo this nasty situation with the help_decrypt virus.
The story "sounds" like this: I'm an amateur in dealing with others PC's or laptops either reinstalling Windows, helping them to get rid of malwares, trojans, easy or medium viruses, so on and so forth (I guess you got the idea). I've managed to "repair" some friends laptop, and now they gave me this task: to fix a laptop of one of their relative. I was informed it it is encrypted, but who knew what it meant?!? Now I know: every single folder with a picture, song, text file and who knows what else grew in size with 4 new files named help_decrypt, but different extension.
I began with uninstalling unnecessary applications, then I went through regedit, and like an amateur, I've deleted registries including Windows drivers. These actions lead to entering in a repetitive step of loading Windows 7 Ultimate and stuck in that phase. I thought to enter in Safe Mode, and again, it needed to enter, practically in Windows encountering the same situation as the one mentioned before. I found a way to enter in the list of solutions from Windows such as Windows Repair, System Restore at a previous time or from a CD/DVD, cmd, and one or two more solutions. Loosing myself in my actions, I thought radically and decided to install a new version of the same Windows 7 Ultimate. By doing so, I've later on discovered that I lost the opportunity to repair the laptop and remove the virus and establishing "order" in the files.
I've read, lately a lot of websites, but 99% of all them have the same information: Spy Hunter 4, Malwarebytes, and system restore with Shadow Explorer, which was not possible due to the fact that this laptop doesn't had it activated or the virus eliminated it. Later on, I found out that it may be a chance for me by accessing the page decryptcryptolocker.com, where FireEye and Fox IT made a coalition in helping others like me by giving the opportunity of uploading an infected file and typing an e-mail address, and in return to offer a solution. In fact, they may have had that but not anymore.
This long story ends with me begging for help, an advice, something to save those approx. 100 GB of pictures with a 1 and a half years old daughter, one of a kind pictures, and important documents.
Looking forward to hearing from you!