.Ransom Virus File – Remove It and Restore Encrypted Data

If all your necessary files have the .ransom virus extension and you can’t access them by no program, your computer has been infected with a ransomware infection. The .ransom virus is a type of ransomware that utilizes an encipher algorithm to encrypt target file types and make them out of reach until the unique decryption key is used. Hackers who disseminate the threat aim to extort a ransom from the victims in exchange for the decryption key.
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This article aims to inform how to identify all .ransom virus file traits and remove it completely from the computer. Even though at this point there is no freely available decryption tool, the step six of the removal guide provided at the end suggests alternative data recovery approaches that may be efficient for the .ransom files recovery.

What Does .Ransom Virus File Cause to the PC?

The infection is triggered by a malicious executable file that is designed to perform various system modifications and ensure stable persistence. One of the main .ransom virus features carries out a deep scan of all PC drives so the threat can locate all target files and enforce its built-in encryption module. Whenever the threat detects a file that is set to its target list, it utilizes a strong encipher algorithm, probably AES to transform the original code completely. Commonly used file types are likely to be set as encryption targets so .ransom virus file may corrupt files that has the following file extensions:

.jpeg, .jpg, .mp3, .mp4, .pdf, .php, .ppt, .pptx, .rar, .rtf, .sql, .tiff, .txt, 7z, .bmp, .doc, .docm, .docx, .html, .xls, .xlsx, .zip

All encrypted files cannot be accessed by any software until the unique decryption key is applied. The key is generated during the encryption process and then transferred to a remote server controlled by the crooks. Each file that has appended the malicious file extension .ransom is encrypted.

Another strain of the malicious file that handles .ransom virus infection is designed to drop a ransom note file that contains a text message from the hackers. The analyses of the .ransom virus samples acknowledge that the ransom note is translated into several languages. All confirmed variants of its name are:

  • README_TO_DECRYPT_FILES.txt
  • LEAME_PARA_DESCIFRAR_ARCHIVOS.txt
  • PROCHTI_MENYA_DLYA_RASSHIFROVKI_FAYLOV.txt
  • LEGGIMI_PER_DECIFRARE_I_FILES.txt
  • LESEN_SIE_MICH_UM_DATIEIEN_ZU_ENTSCHLUSSELN.txt
  • LISEZ_MOI_POUR_DECHIFFRER_LES_FICHIERS.txt

The English version of the ransom message reads the following:

WARNING Encrypted Files
!!! YOUR FILES HAVE BEEN ENCRYPTED WITH RANSOMWARE !!!
[ENG] – [RUS] – [GER] – [FRA] – [ESP] – [ITA] The Key to Decrypt Your Files Will Be DELETED in 7 Days
Send Me 0.3 Bitcoins (You Have Only 7 Days From Now)
Bitcoin Address: 1NTKmeeLp52y9oZVfVZEdUCJBK9xhTcZNW
Buy Bitcoins On:
– https://paxful.com/
– https://localbitcoins.com/
– https://www.bitpanda.com/
After Send Me an Email With Your ID: *******
[email protected]
I Will Send You the Key to Decrypt Your Files

The text makes it clear that the crooks demand a ransom of 0.3 BTC within a seven day period. It is not mentioned what would happen after the deadline, however, we recommend all of you who are victims of the ransomware to avoid any negotiations with cyber criminals as it may expose your privacy and cyber security at a serious risk.

Among the malicious .ransom activities are also likely to be modifications in the Windows Registry. For instance, the ransomware may create new values in the Run or RunOnce registry keys that will allow it to display the ransom message on the screen and auto-execute its malicious payloads whenever the Windows is booted up. The following registry keys may have new malicious values created by .ransom virus:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

Finally, it is believable that the crypto virus has the functionality to enter a command in the Command Prompt panel and dele all saved shadow volume copies. Thus eliminates one of the possible data recovery approaches. The syntax of the whole command is:

vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /quiet

How Can the .Ransom Virus Plague the Computer?

The most common way of ransomware distribution is spam email campaigns that distribute the malware. The emails allow hackers to impersonate legitimate sources used by the users and easily convince their targets to interact with the content presented in the email. They may be disseminating the malicious .ransom payloads as email attachments that once opened on the PC automatically start the infection or compromised URLs that download the ransomware unnoticeably when clicked.
These malicious components may also be distributed via popular social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, WhatsApp, etc.

How to Remove .Ransom Virus File and Restore Data

Victims should remove all malicious files and objects associated with .ransom virus in order to avoid all unpleasant and unwanted effects. For better results, security experts favor the help of anti-malware software.

Summary of Satan 2 Ransomware

 


Name
.Ransom Virus File – a ransomware

File Extension
.ransom

Ransom
0.3 BTC

Easy Solution
You can skip all steps and remove .Ransom Virus ransomware with the help of an anti-malware tool.

Manual Solution
.Ransom Virus ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the detailed tutorial below.

Distribution
Spam emails, malicious URLs, malicious attacments, exploit kits, freeware.

.Ransom Virus Ransomware Removal

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 .Ransom Virus Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

Manual removal of .Ransom Virus requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removal of any important data can lead to permanent system damage. Prevent this troublesome effect – delete .Ransom Virus with the help of a 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) Use professional data recovery software

      Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery – a specialist tool that can restore partitions, data, documents, photos, and 300 more file types lost during various types of incidents and corruption.
    3) Using System Restore Point

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


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    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

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

      – Hit the “Restore” button

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

Gergana Ivanova

Author : Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova is computer security enthusiast. She is a member of Best Security Search team and enjoys presenting the latest news on cyber-security and cyber-threat issues.


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