How to Remove .Scorpio File Virus and Recover Files

The .scorpio file extension is associated with a computer virus that encrypts valuable system and user files using the AES cipher. All corrupted files are marked with the .scarab extension and victims are urged extort to pay a fee. Users can restore their computers from Scorpio ransomware virus and recover .scorpio files by following the instructions in our removal guide.
Manual Removal Guide
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How Does .Scorpio File Virus Infiltrate the System?

The .scorpio file virus is distributed in a single binary executable file that can be spread using different methods depending on the targets and the required scale.

One of the primary infection strategies employed by most ransomware like Scorpio is the coordination of spam email messages. They use social engineering strategies that trick users into infecting themselves. The emails are made to appear as legitimate companies or government institutions and usually carry the .scorpio ransomware virus either as attached file or link in the body contents.

Office documents and modified software installers can also carry the Scorpio virus code. They are spread on hacked or hacker-controlled download sites and popular P2P networks like BitTorrent. The hackers can also create web redirects and ad networks that redirect to them.

Browser hijackers and other malicious add-ons can deliver .scorpio file virus as part of their infection behavior.

Related: Scarab Ransomware

Infection Flow of .Scorpio File Virus

Security researchers identified that .scorpio file virus is a new ransomware strain of the Scarab virus made by an unknown hacker or criminal collective. The new name given to the ransomware – Scorpio is related to the malicious file extension .scorpio it uses upon encryption.

Once the .scorpio file virus payload is running on the computer it starts the encryption engine automatically. Scorpio ransomware virus uses the AES cipher to encrypt a predefined list of target file type extensions. The list can be customized according to the targets or individual networks. Similar malware like .scorpio file virus usually attempt to process as many different files as possible: documents, archives, databases, backups, text files, configuration files, music, photos, videos and etc. Furthermore, reports on some Scorpio Ransomware samples reveal information about file renames made by a Base64 algorithm which make file recovery more difficult.

Once this is done a ransom note is crafted in a “IF_YOU_WANT_TO_GET_ALL_YOUR_FILES_BACK_PLEASE_READ_THIS.TXT” file that contains the following message:

*** IF YOU WANT TO GET ALL YOUR FILES BACK, PLEASE READ THIS ***
Your files are now encrypted!
—–BEGIN PERSONAL IDENTIFIER—–
**************************************
—–END PERSONAL IDENTIFIER—–
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC.
Now you should send us email with your personal identifier.
This email will be as confirmation you are ready to pay for decryption key.
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us.
After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
Contact us using this email address: [email protected]
Free decryption as guarantee!
Before paying you can send us up to 3 files for free decryption.
The total size of files must be less than 5Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information (databases, backups, large excel sheets, etc.).
How to obtain Bitcoins?
* The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click
‘Buy bitcoins’, and select the seller by payment method and price:
https://localbitcoins.com/buy_bitcoins
* Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
http://www.coindesk.com/information/how-can-i-buy-bitcoins
Attention!
* Do not rename encrypted files.
* Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
* Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.

Cyber criminals behind .scorpio file virus use several blackmail strategies to pressure the users into paying:

  • The infection is made to appear as a security precaution. This social engineering trick may be used to fool beginner computer users.
  • The payment needs to be done using the Bitcoin digital currency. All transactions made through this system are anonymous and cannot be traced.
  • The criminals behind the Scarab virus offer a free decryption option to win the victims trust.
  • An exact sum is not specified. The hackers negotiate the price based on the victims’ data and responsiveness.
  • A contact email that is hosted using a free email hosting solution is provided. Concerned users and victims can contact the hackers using this method as no payment gateway or specialized site has been made at this point.

As we expected an updated version of Scarab ransomware come out and here it is Scorpio ransomware attacks users systems and files stored on them. Unfortunately, at this point no decryptor is available only alternative data recovery solutions some of which are presented in the .scorpio file virus removal guide below.

Remove .Scorpio File Virus and Restore Data

WARNING! Manual removal of .Scorpio File 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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.Scorpio File 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 Scarab Virus Files

WARNING! All files and objects associated with .Scorpio File 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.
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    Gergana Ivanova

    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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