The File Extensions Database

.COVID19 File Extension

  • Category: Ransomware encrypted Files

What is an .COVID19 file?

.COVID19 is Phishing / ransomware file

A number of phishing, malware and ransomware attacks appeared during the COVID-19 outbreak and tried to take advantage of unsuspecting users with the usual arsenal of tricks, including fake e-mails with file attachments that potentially contain trojans, ransomware or other malicious software.

Always be mindful when opening file attachments from unknown sources.

You might have known file extensions hidden by default in your computer and do not see that the covid-19.docx (or something like that) in e-mail attachment is actually executable with exe extension hidden and opening that would infect your computer.

How to open:

When dealing with encrypted files caused by some ransomware, you basically have three choices:1. restore from backup2. wait for some researcher or AV company to release decryptor for your particular ransomware version3. pay the ransomHowever, even paying the ransom does not guarantee you that you will get your files back, as lots of ransomware are just pure scams.

How to convert:

You cannot convert these files to anything else. You first have to recover / decrypt the files before you can convert them to anything else.

How to solve problems with COVID19 files

  • Associate the COVID19 file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any COVID19 file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.COVID19 files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the COVID19 file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .COVID19 is Phishing / ransomware file. Because only the current version supports the latest COVID19 file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the manufacturer website after an available .COVID19 is Phishing / ransomware file update.
  • To make sure that your COVID19 file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.