RanRans Ransomware Removal Guide. Restore .ranrans Files

RanRans ransomware is a malware that corrupts target data and demands a ransom payment for the decryption key. It is a HiddenTear based data locker that uses the AES cipher algorithm for data encryption. RanRans ransomware virus renames encrypted files with the malicious extension .ranrans and renders them completely unusable.

Manual Removal Guide
Recover .ranrans Files
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Methods of RanRans Ransomware Ditribution

Only a single malicious file can trigger the RanRans ransomware infection. Its creators may be using spam email campaigns for RanRans payload distribution. Usually, they create crafted document or image files that are attached to the email. Actually, these files contain the malicious payload which infects the system with ransomware once they are opened on it. Beware of each received email as hackers may pose as employees of legal institutions like banks, internet providers, government departments, etc. aiming to trick users into interacting with the malicious content. RanRans ransomware payload may also be injected into the code of a webpage. The URL code of corrupted webpage may be distributed again via email or on social media channels. There are various attack vectors used by ransomware authors in order to take over a machine and encrypt files.

Impacts of RanRans Ransomware Infection

RanRans is designed to drop an executable file named Crack Me.exe to initiate the infection flow. Its code is based on the open-source code of Hidden Tear project, initially released for educational purposes. Many hackers misused of Hidden Tear’s initial goal and created malicious ransomware versions like EyLamo and Karmen that infected a large number of devices worldwide.

After RanRans virus drops and creates all files, it needs to complete its malicious actions which may be establishing a connection with server controlled by hackers, gathering and then sending system details to the server and modifying Windows registry the ransomware initiates a scan of all drives. The scan aims to find all target files like documents, photos, images, projects, PDFs, archives, text files, videos, music, databases and other so that it can utilize its built-in encryption module. The module is designed to modify the original code of each target file via the AES algorithm and append the malicious extension .ranrans at the end of each corrupted file. The .ranrans files become no longer accessible by any software except the decryptor.

The decryptor works only in case that the unique decryption key generated during the encoding process is applied to it. The key is possessed only by cyber criminals who disseminate the RanRans ransomware. They receive the key on their C&C server once it is generated by the threat. They demand a $50 ransom in BTC from victims for it.

Victims are instructed how to act further if they want to gain the decryption key via a ransom note file. It is called READ_IT.txt and is dropped on the infected PC by RanRans ransomware.

Please send 50$ in Bitcoin to this Address : 1EkL3c68MY5MvchU4FHRYCjEj4DKAerG9
With Blockchain : https://blockchain.info/payment request?address=1EkL3c68MY5MvchU4FHRYCjEj4DKAerG9&amount=0.2&message=RanRans
Sign up on blockchains.info or some other website and send the payment.
What’s BTC? https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin
Download Decrypt Tool : http://bit.lv/2pSvhaO or http://bit.ly/2pSGjvO or http://bit.ly/2qtVk8B
Once paid you will have your key for Restore your file.
Please Send your email as comment with the name of your computer when you send the Payment.

At this point, it seems that RanRans ransomware virus is in development. After analyzing its samples, researchers state that its code is full of errors and the threat crashes a lot. Thus, there is no guarantee that even the decryption key possessed by hackers will be a working one. Furthermore, it appears that none of the provided links in the ransom note is working and the decryptor is no longer able for a download. In any case, it is better to avoid the ransom payment because there is a risk to lose money and keep the .ranrans files locked.

Remove RanRans ransomware and Restore Data

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RanRans Ransomware Virus – Manual Removal Steps

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. The steps bellow are applicable to all Windows versions.

1. Hit the WIN Key + R

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

Show Hidden Files

Some ransomware threats are designed to hide their malicious files in the Windows so all files stored on the system should be visible.

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

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

Repair Windows Registry

1. Again type simultaneously the WIN Key + R key combination

2. In the box, write regedit 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

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Recover .ranrans Files

WARNING! All files and objects associated with RanRans ransomware virus should be removed from the infected PC before any data recovery attempts. Otherwise the virus may encrypt restored files. Furthermore, a backup of all encrypted files stored on external media is highly recommendable.

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1. Use present backups

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3. Using System Restore Point

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


4. 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
    – Hit the “Restore” button

Preventive Security Measures

  • Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
  • Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
  • Secure your web browser.
  • Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
  • Disable macros in Office documents.
  • Use strong passwords.
  • Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
  • Backup regularly your data.
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    Author : Gergana Ivanova

    Gergana Ivanova is a computer security enthusiast who enjoys presenting the latest issues related to cyber security. By doing thorough researches and sharing them on BestSecuritySearch, she hopes that more victims of malware infections will be able to secure their corrupted computer systems properly and eventually recover lost files.

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