Funfact Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

Funfact Ransomware is a new malware threat that uses the AES and RSA ciphers to encrypt user data, read our removal guide to restore your files and protect your computer in the future.


Name
Funfact

File Extensions
.***

Ransom
1.65806 Bitcoins

Solution #1
You can skip all steps and remove Funfact with the help of an anti-malware tool.

Solution #2
Funfact ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the detailed tutorial below.

Distribution
Spam Email Campaigns, malicious ads & etc.

Funfact Ransomware Description

The Funfact Ransomware was discovered by security researchers. What is interesting about this particular virus is that its encryption engine uses code taken from the open-source GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG) software.

The malware performs the usual operations just like any other ransomware strain – upon infection it encrypts the most widely used user file types and extorts the computer victim for a ransomware payment.

All affected data is renamed using the .*** extension.

Here is the list of targret user file types:

.7z, .ace, .arj,. bz2, .cab, .gz, .jpeg, .jpg, .lha, .lzh, .mp3, .rar, .taz, .tgz, .z, .zip

The following ransom note is shown to the victim when the encryption process is complete:

Important Information!!!!
You had bad luck. All your files are encrypted with RSA and AES ciphers. to get your files back read carefully. if you do not understand, Read again. All your documents are recoverable only with our software and key file.
To decrypt files you need to contact [email protected] or [email protected] and set your ID as email title and send clsign.dll file from your computer. That is the key file and yes, it’s encrypted. Search your computer for filename “clsign.dll” attach it to email. if you wish we will decrypt one of your encrypted file for free! It’s your guarantee. After you made payment you will receive decryption software with key and necessary instructions. if you don’t contact us within 72 hours we will turn on sanctions. you’ll have to pay more. Recovery is only possible during 7 days. after that don’t contact us.
Remember you are just single payment away from all your files
If your files are urgent pay exactly requested amount to Bitcoin(BTC) address and send clsign.dll file to us. We will send your decryption software within 24 hours; remember if you contact us first maybe you’ll have to pay less

User ID: 658061***
BTC Address: 1AQrj***
Amount(BTC): 1.65806

—–BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK—–
Version: GnuPG v2
*******************************
—–END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK—–

In addition the virus performs several language settings checks and the IP address of the infected host.

Funfact Ransomware Distribution

Funfact Ransomware is targeted mainly at English-speaking users and its first samples were discovered in January 2017.

According to the available securty research the virus is primarily distributed using spam email campaigns. The messages may use social engineering tricks or other ways to increase the infection ratio.

Funfact Ransomware – How To Remove it and Prevent It From Coming Back

There are two ways of removal:

Funfact Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete Funfact completely with a few mouse clicks.

STEP I: Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network
This will isolate all files and objects created by the ransomware so they will be removed efficiently.

    1) Hit WIN Key + R

Windows-key-plus-R-button-launch-Run-Box-in-Windows-illustrated

    2) A Run window will appear. In it, write “msconfig” and then press Enter
    3) A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named “Boot
    4) Mark “Safe Boot” option and then go to “Network” under it to tick it too
    5) Apply -> OK

Or check our video guide – “How to start PC in Safe Mode with Networking

STEP II: Show Hidden Files

    1) Open My Computer/This PC
    2) Windows 7

      – Click on “Organize” button
      – Select “Folder and search options
      – Select the “View” tab
      – Go under “Hidden files and folders” and mark “Show hidden files and folders” option

    3) Windows 8/ 10

      – Open “View” tab
      – Mark “Hidden items” option

    show-hidden-files-win8-10

    4) Click “Apply” and then “OK” button

STEP III: Enter Windows Task Manager and Stop Malicious Processes

    1) Hit the following key combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
    2) Get over to “Processes
    3) When you find suspicious process right click on it and select “Open File Location
    4) Go back to Task Manager and end the malicious process. Right click on it again and choose “End Process
    5) Next you should go folder where the malicious file is located and delete it

STEP IV: Remove Completely Funfact Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

Manual removal of Funfact requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removal of any important data can lead to permanent system damage. Prevent this troublesome effect – delete Funfact ransomware with SpyHunter malware removal tool.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

STEP V: Repair Windows Registry

    1) Again type simultaneously the Windows Button + R key combination
    2) In the box, write “regedit”(without the inverted commas) and hit Enter
    3) Type the CTRL+F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable
    4) In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys

Further help for Windows Registry repair

STEP VI: Recover Encrypted Files

    1) Use present backups
    2) Restore your personal files using File History

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Type “restore your files” in the search box
      – Select “Restore your files with File History
      – Choose a folder or type the name of the file in the search bar

    restore-your-personal-files-using-File-History-bestecuritysearch

      – Hit the “Restore” button

    3) Using System Restore Point

      – Hit WIN Key
      – Select “Open System Restore” and follow the steps

restore-files-using-system-restore-point

STEP VII: Preventive Security Measures

    1) Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
    2) Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
    3) Secure your web browser.
    4) Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
    5) Disable macros in Office documents.
    6) Use strong passwords.
    7) Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
    8) Backup regularly your data.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

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Author : Martin Beltov

Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.


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