Clop Ransomware Recovery

Is your system infected by Clop ransomware? We can help. This page is here to help you learn about Clop ransomware, decryption, recovery, removal and statistics. If you need help right now, you can also contact our team of ransomware experts for a FREE consultation 24/7 and learn more about your options.

We help ransomware victims worldwide. We have a streamlined ransomware recovery process which can help you get back to normal as fast as possible.

How do I know if Clop ransomware has infected my system?

If you are unable to access your files, and see a notice on your desktop that your files are encrypted and demanding payment, you may be infected with Clop ransomware.

Clop ransomware started to appear in phishing emails some time in 2019. When it encrypts files, it usually changes the name of the files by adding a .clop extension. Clop uses RSA encryption standard, and we know of no functional free decryptor tools for Clop.

  • How to know if Clop ransomware has encrypted your data
  • Clop ransomware will create a text file called “ClopReadMe.txt” and place it in each encrypted folder and your Desktop.
  • If your file extension names change to .clop or one of the other extensions listed in the table below, and you see a ransom note directing you to pay the hackers via a hidden dark web service.
  • Some variants of Clop may remove your desktop wallpaper and replace it with a ransom note.
  • Your processor is close to 100% utilization even though you are not running any computation-intensive applications.
  • Your computer is running more slowly than usual even though you are not running any programs.
  • Your hard disk is reading and writing at close to 100% capacity, even though you are not running any applications.
  • Your antivirus software is mysteriously deactivated or unresponsive.

What should I do when I realize my data is encrypted by Clop ransomware?

  • As soon as you suspect a ransomware infection, disconnect your computer from the network. This will prevent the virus from spreading to other machines. Detailed instructions are available in our Ransomware Response Guide.
  • We do not recommend talking with the attackers. Ransomware hackers are skilled at manipulated victims who are in stressful situations, and professional negotiators usually achieve better results.
  • Report the crime to the cybercrime division of the local or national police. You can find the contact details for the relevant offices in our directory.
  • Shut the computer down, and shut down and disconnect any other computers connected to the same network.
  • We recommend working with a professional ransomware recovery team. In almost all cases, this can significantly reduce the overall cost of a ransomware attack and reduce both downtime and insurance claim processing time.

BeforeCrypt is licensed and registered in Germany as a cybersecurity company. We have successfully resolved hundreds of ransomware infections, including Clop ransomware. In almost all cases, we are able to recover 100% of our client data, remove the ransomware, and patch any vulnerabilities that led to the infection.

There are a number of dishonest companies out there that will claim to have decryption tools. These claims are false; Clop ransomware uses military grade encryption, and the only way to recover the data is either from a backup or using the decryption key, which can only be obtained from the hackers. We have documented a number of cases of fraud involving false claims of decryption tools, so if you choose to work with a ransomware recovery team, it’s important to choose a reputable company.

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Clop started out with relatively small average ransom amounts, but the gangs using Clop have now moved towards targeting larger organizations. As such, the average ransom amount has increased.

The average Clop ransom amount is currently around $40,000. Clop gangs demand payment almost exclusively in Bitcoin. It’s better not to pay the ransom, as this encourages the hackers, but if you are in a situation where that it your only option, keep in mind that quick-buy methods of purchasing Bitcoin like PayPal or credit card carry an additional fee of up to 10% and sometimes require verifications which can take days. We keep a reserve cryptocurrency on hand for instant payment with no additional purchase fees.

Downtime resulting from Clop ransomware is often longer than with normal ransomware attacks. The manual process of communicating with the attackers can further delay response time.

For many organizations, downtime is the most expensive part of a ransomware incident. Another negative side effect of a data breach can be damage to your reputation.

Your goal should be to get your systems back to a productive state as soon as possible. The best way to do this is to call in experts who know the ins and outs of Clop ransomware to complete the removal and restoration process immediately.

Our outcomes with Clop ransomware are consistently good. Most gangs using Clop ransomware consistently provide working decryption tools. However, we keep a database of data on scammers to protect our clients.

Phishing is the most common attack vector for Clop ransomware.

NameClop/ Clop Ransomware
Danger levelHigh. Clop ransomware uses military grade encryption and is known to steal sensitive data.
Release date2019
Affected systemsWindows
File extension.clop, cIIp, .c11p, .C_L_O_P,
Ransom noteClopReadMe.txt, Cl0pReadMe.txt, READ_ME_!!!.txt, README_README.txt
Contact/ E-Mail-Adress[email protected],
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected],
Known scammersNone


We have helped a number of clients recover from Clop ransomware and get their data back. There is no readily available free solution to decrypt files encrypted by Clop ransomware; the only working decryption key is in the hands of the hackers.

It’s better not to pay the hackers if you can avoid it. However, sometimes, there’s no other option. We help facilitate this process by ensuring that the process goes as quickly and smoothly as possible, and with full compliance with all laws and insurance regulations. We also maintain records on different ransomware gangs to protect our clients from scammers.

Our team of experienced negotiators is on call 24/7 to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients.


The only way to know precisely how much ransomware response will cost is to contact us for a free consultation.

Ransomware response cost varies according to the type of attack, how much data is affected, the number of computers infected, and your local environment (computer performance, servers, operating systems). The response includes removal of the ransomware, negotiations with attackers and transferring payment if necessary, restoring data, patching the vulnerability that led to the attack, and preparing all documentation for legal compliance and insurance claims. The course of action our clients choose also affects the overall cost. 

The minimum cost for small companies generally starts around several thousand euros, including the cost of the ransom. However, if at all possible, we strongly recommend avoiding paying the attackers. Paying the attackers encourages them to harm more people. However, if it is not economically feasible, we handle fully legally compliant payments to attackers. The overall expense depends a lot on the ransom amount demanded, and how successful negotiations are. We maintain a database on ransomware gangs to negotiate more effectively. In some cases, negotiations can result in a significant reduction in the ransom payment.

We have a greater than 98% success rate.

In the case of most of our clients who have cyber insurance, their coverage pays the cost of our services, as well as the ransom, if necessary. 



  1. Professional ransomware response can significantly decrease downtime. We deal with hundreds of cases every year. Through our years of experience, we have developed a streamlined process that brings our clients back online as fast as possible. In the event that a ransom has to be paid, purchasing the necessary cryptocurrency can take days. The process of resolving a ransomware attack without prior experience can take many hours of research. Most of our cases are completely resolved 24-72 hours after we begin the recovery process.

  2. Avoid dealing with criminals and ensure legal compliance. Most companies don’t feel comfortable dealing with cyber-criminals. It can add another layer of stress in emergency. We maintain files on different groups of hackers in order to maximize security and effectiveness of negotiations. We also ensure that all communications and transfers comply with applicable laws and regulations to protect our clients against potential legal problems. 

  3. Cryptocurrency transfers. It is always better to avoid giving into the attacker’s demands. If backups and normal recovery methods fail, however, there may be no other choice. Most ransomware attackers demand payment in Bitcoin. We guide you through the whole process of creating a crypto currency wallet and buying the crypto currency with you. Therefore we have different cooperation partner in order to prepare your wallet and do the transaction as quick and easy as possible for you. 

  4. Ensure data integrity and security. As specialists in the field of ransomware incident response, we are always refining industry best practices for data recovery. We have robust, standardized procedures for backing up encrypted data, restoring data, and removing viruses to ensure that there is no data loss or damage.

  5. Easy Insurance Reporting: All of our clients receive a detailed incident report with all information required by cyber-insurance and for law enforcement purposes. Thankfully, cyber-insurance often covers the cost of cyber-extortion as well as professional ransomware response services. Completing all paperwork correctly from the beginning can speed up the process of filing a claim and recovering lost funds.

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