iRansom Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

iRansom ransomware is the newest malware threat that corrupts user data and extorts a payment fee to restore access. Learn all about it in our removal guide below.


Name
iRansom

File Extensions
.locked

Ransom
0.15 Bitcoins

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

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

Distribution
The ransomware is spread mainly through spam email messages and untrusted download sites

iRansom Ransomware Description

The iRansom ransomware is a new strain of the Crowti malware family which features some interesting capabilities. This virus depends on the .NET Framework version 4.5 to be installed on the host computer as it is a dependency. The binary file which holds the infections bears the name “iRansom.exe” and in some instances it may be signed with a counterfeit digital signature.

The virus behavior begins with a system check which searches for the .Net framework. If version 4.5 or newer is available then the ransomware continues to operate. The next step is to scan the local computer and the attached removable storage devices for specific file types which are then encrypted with a strong cipher. According to the security analysis iRansom has the ability to terminate various database servers in order to impact the hosted data as well.

The most popular file type extensions are affected by the threat – Office documents, video and audio files, images and text files. The compromised files are renamed with the LOCKED extension.

The developers of the virus have used a HTA-based ransomware note which runs as an application on the victim’s Desktop. The message conntains the following text:

‘Your files have been locked by iRansom!
**Shutting Down or Attempting to stop this, will render your files useless forever!**
[random number] total files have been encrypted using
the strongest encryption And a unique key, generated for this computer.
The private key to unlock your files is stored on a hidden Internet database, and nothing can decrypt your files until you pay and obtain the private key.
Your private key will be destroyed in: [countdown timer beginning from 48 hours] To unlock your precious files, you must pay a [0.15] bitcoin fee (90$) to the address below!
Wallet ID: [random characters] Copy
Dont know how to get bitcoin or set up a wallet?
https://supoort.coinbase.com
Sent the Transaction? Email us with your BTC wallet ID: [email protected] Copy’

iRansom Ransomware Distribution

The first malware samples and infections were discovered in November 2016. The primary means of infection are through malicious ads that are served by hacked or malware sites. Other major distribution methods include counterfeit software bundles and infected binary files that are spread through untrusted download sites and peer-to-peer networks, file sharing programs and BitTorrent trackers.

iRansom Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete iRansom 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 iRansom Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

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