Onyx Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

The Onyx ransomware is one of the latest malware threats that is still under active investigation. Learn more about it and how to remove active infections from your computer by reading our guide.


Name
Onyx

File Extensions
Unknown

Ransom
100 US Dollars

Solution #1
Onyx Ransomware can be removed easily with the help of an anti-malware tool, a program that will clean your computer from the virus, remove any additional cyber-security threats, and protect you in the future.

Solution #2
Onyx Ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the guide below.

Distribution
Phishing links, click bait ads, email spam, and others.

Onyx Ransomware Description

Karsten Hahn has reported a new malware threat – the Onyx Ransomware. The Its ransom note is written in Georgian which could indicate that the operators and the target users are located in Georgia. According to the contents of the delivered ransom note the operators request the sum of 100 US Dollars to restore access to the compromised data.

At this moment we do not have a complete list of all the affected file types that are affected by the encryption module of the virus. A lot of anti-virus and anti-spyware solution vendors have already added the Onyx ransomware to their definitions list updates.

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Here’s the text an English translation of the ransomware note:

All files were encrypted.
But, you shouldn’t worry, they aren’t deleted (for now).
You have 24 hours to deliver a payment of 100 US dollars.
Money must be transferred to a specified account using Bitcoins.
Otherwise, all your files are destroyed.
Do not turn off the computer and don’t try to erase me.

Onyx Ransomware Distribution

The Onyx ransomware can be distributed via various means – email spam campaigns, malicious ads, browser hijacker redirects and software bundles downloaded from untrusted sources. We highly recommend that you follow good security practices to stay protected from this and other threats.

The virus’s note is in the Georgian language, so it’s safe to assume that the ransomware targets users in Georgia (the country, not the state.) Users from other countries are still in danger, since there’s no nation border control in the cyberspace. If you were infected with the Onyx virus, you should remove it as quickly as possible.

Onyx Ransomware Removal

For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete Onyx 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

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    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

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    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 Onyx Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

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

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      – Hit the “Restore” button

    3) Using System Restore Point

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

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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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