Completely Remove PaySafeCard Ransomware and Restore .rnsmwre Files

PaySafeCard ransomware is a malware that encrypts user files with the AES encryption and renames them with the .rnsmwre extension. The virus appears to be completely new as no code samples from any of the famous malware families have been identified. Victims can follow our in-depth removal guide to eliminate existing infections.
Manual Removal Guide
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How Does PaySafeCard Ransomware Infiltrate the System?

PaySafeCard Ransomware was found to attack computer users worldwide. The virus is distributed in a small-sized campaign and at the moment the specialists cannot determine the preferred delivery method. As such we suspect that the most popular methods are used.

Email spam messages that use social engineering tricks are one of the most popular strategies. The hackers create fake messages that imitate well-known companies containing the PaySafeCard ransomware either directly or linked in the body contents.

Another way to spread the PaySafeCard virus is to intergrate the malicious code into embedded scripts in office documents or software installers. The infections occur after the target has delibirately interacted with the file. They can be found on different hacked or hacker-controlled download sites and P2P networks like BitTorrent. Depending on the scenario the sites and trackers may pose as official download sources or places where pirate content can be found.

The hackers can create special web redirects and other types of scripts that can be installed on various sites. When they are opened a redirection takes place that downloads the virus file to the local machine. Browser hijackers typically change the default settings of the popular applications (Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer and Safari) to redirect to a hacker-designated search engine or portal.

Direct hacker attacks carrying the PaySafeCard ransomware virus as the primary payload are also possible.

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Infection Flow of PaySafeCard Ransomware

Computer security researchers detected a new virus threat called the PaySafeCard ransomware. It is being developed by an unknown hacker or criminal collective. The current iteration features only an encryption engine that targets a predefined list of target file type extensions. Like most popular viruses of this kind the PaySafeCard ransomware seeks to process as many files as possible. This can include all accessible documents, archives, photos, music, videos and etc.

Once this is complete a ransomware note is created in a “@decrypt_your_files.txt” file that contains the following message:

Your files are encrypted!
There is only one way to get them back:
You need to send me a 20 USD PaySaveCard-Code [Write it into the Console Window!]

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The .rnsmwre extension is used to mark all processed files. In comparison with other viruses the hackers do not demand the payment in Bitcoins, the preferred method is a PaySafeCard with 20 US Dollars. The PaySafeCard ransomware bears a fake copyright that makes it appear as being made by HP.

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PaySafeCard Ransomware – 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 PaySafeCard Ransomware Files

WARNING! All files and objects associated with PaySafeCard Ransomware 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

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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
    – 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 : 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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