How to Remove Scarab Ransomware + .infovip@airmail.cc Data Recovery

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An infection with the dangerous Scarab (.infovip@airmail.cc) ransomware virus leads to serious security issues. Victims can restore and protect their computers by following our step-by-step removal.

Manual Removal Guide
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Distribution of Scarab (.infovip@airmail.cc) Ransomware Virus

Scarab virus is a new data locker ransomware that has been released in attack campaigns against computer users worldwide. The threat could be utilizing widely used tactics of distribution to infect computer systems.

One of the easiest ways for the criminals to spread the payload of Scarab (.infovip@airmail.cc) ransomware is by attaching it to email messages that are later released in active attack campaigns. The method allows hackers to send the virus to large lists of potential victims. The attachments to malicious email spam messages usually have Word documents or other types of files which users open without hesitation. Once opened on a target host these compromised files trigger the ransomware payload and infect the device with Scarab crypto virus. Another infection tactic related to emails is hyperlink inserted in the content of the messages. The links are usually labeled as leading to a familiar website or a file of user interest.

Computer criminals behind this new ransomware can be using malicious sites or download portals to distribute malware of different kinds, including Scarab virus. A popular option is the use of infected documents which may be of different types ‒ spreadsheets, rich text documents, presentations and databases. They are modified to initiate the virus once the built-in scripts are run. Usually when the files are opened a notification will ask the users to run the macros (scripts). If this is done the infection follows.

The hacker-controlled sites are specialist portals that have been created either manually or automatically by the criminals behind Scarab virus. They can either directly distribute the threat by initiating various scripts or automated operations or link to such instances. Redirects are usually caused by email interaction, ad networks or other browsing activity. However one of the main sources is the availability of browser hijackers. They are malicious add-ons made for the most popular web browsers ‒ Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, Microsoft Edge and Safari. Once installed they not only infect the users with the malware but also redirect the victims to a hacker-controlled site. Depending on the configuration the browser hijackers can also steal sensitive information such as any stored passwords, account credentials, history, bookmarks, form data and settings.

Impact of Scarab (.infovip@airmail.cc) Ransomware Virus

The evil Scarab ransomware virus has a new version that is known to append the extension .infovip@airmail.cc to all files it encrypts.

In order to complete the encryption process Scarab (.infovip@airmail.cc) creates several malicious files and use them to modify essential system settings. System modifications are needed to keep it undetectable until the end of the infection process. Some of the files are specially designed to exploit the functionalities of two registry sub-keys Run and RunOnce and this way guarantee the automatic execution of Scarab (.infovip@airmail.cc) ransomware virus on each system start.

Other malicious files associated with the ransomware are likely to take over legitimate system processes in order to evade detection. Once Scarab crypto virus ensures its persistent presence on a compromised host it runs a built-in encryption module to fulfill its main purpose. During the encryption process, Scarab ransomware utilizes strong military cipher algorithm that changes completely the original code of target files and restricts the access to them.

This process transforms all your documents, images, videos, text files, databases, music, archives, etc. inaccessible without a specific decryption key. Corrupted files could be recognized by the specific extension .infovip@airmail.cc that stands at the end of their names.

The final stage includes the display of a ransom note on the PC screen. The note could be found in a file named HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES-infovip@airmail.cc.txt stored on the desktop. It contains text message that reads:

The file is encrypted with the RSA-2048 algorithm, only we can decrypt the file.
====================================================================================================
infovip@airmail.cc
====================================================================================================
Your files are encrypted!
Your personal identifier:
[redacted hex] ====================================================================================================
To decrypt files, please contact us by email:
infovip@airmail.cc
====================================================================================================
The file is encrypted with the RSA-2048 algorithm, only we can decrypt the file.

Be advised to avoid the further risks associated with the negotiations with hackers and refrain from ransom payment. Don’t let them make you a victim once again. Keep reading and learn how to deal with the problem by yourself.

Remove Scarab Ransomware Virus and Restore PC

Please note that paying the requested ransom fee to cyber criminals does not really solve your problem with Scarab crypto virus. In fact, you only encourage hackers to continue spreading ransomware of this kind. Instead, you must remove the threat immediately, and only then look for optional ways to recover your data.

WARNING! Manual removal of Scarab ransomware virus requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removing important data accidentally can lead to permanent system damage. If you don’t feel comfortable with manual instructions, download a powerful anti-malware tool that will scan your system for malware and clean it safely for you.

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Scarab 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 below 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 .infovip@airmail.cc Files

WARNING! All files and objects associated with Scarab 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

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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.
  • Gergana Ivanova

    Author : Gergana Ivanova

    Gergana Ivanova is computer security enthusiast who enjoys presenting the latest issues related to cyber security.


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