The Resurrection virus is a new strain of the Hidden Tear family of ransomware that encrypts data and blackmails the victims. The computer criminals rename all affected files with the .resurrection extension and demand a fee of 1.77 Bitcoins. Victims can eliminate the dangerous ransomware by following our removal guide.
Manual Removal Guide
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How Does Resurrection File Virus Infiltrate the System?
The research shows that the Resurrection virus is distributed in single binary executable files all appearing with a random name. This allows the criminals to use different strategies to distribute the threat.
A popular tactic for spreading Hidden Tear samples is the use of social engineering spam messages. The hackers send large-scale messages that imitate well-known companies or even government agencies. The Resurrection virus payload can either be attached or linked in the body of the messages.
The threat can also be contained in infected files. They can be either Office documents (databases, spreadsheets or rich text documents) containing malicious scripts. When they are opened a prompt appears that asks the users to enable them. If this is done the Resurrection virus is downloaded from a third-party server and executed on the local machine.
Another type of infected file is the malicious software installer bundle. The hackers bundle the virus in legitimate and well-known software that are commonly downloaded from the Internet. They modified files are uploaded to hacked or hacker-controlled download sites. P2P networks like BitTorrent are another popular source.
The criminals can also deliver the payloads via malicious browser addons. They are also known as browser hijackers and attempt to harvest sensitive information such as any stored history, bookmarks, cache data, passwords and settings. It also changes the default home page, search engine and new tabs page to a hacker-specified address. It may either be a virus download gateway or another criminal site that may deliver other threats as well.
Infection Flow of Resurrection File Virus
The Resurrection virus has been identified by security researchers. According to the available data this is a new strain of the Hidden Tear malware family, an open-source project that has produced numerous viruses ever since its first inception. It follows the usual patterns that are attributed to Hidden Tear. At the moment it is rated as a simple threat as it does not contain any modules other than the encryption engine.
When the victims get infected with the Resurrection virus the payload automatically starts to encrypt the user and system data according to a predefined list. The hackers can freely adjust the target file type extensions based on the victims. In the majority of cases the criminals attempt use generic ones that include the most popular types of files: videos, photos, music, documents, archives, databases, backups and etc.
When this process is complete the Resurrection virus crafts a ransom note in a Readme.html file. It contains the hacker-provided instructions in a color-formatted text. The message reads the following:
Hi, this is not your luck day because this is not a joke, all your files has been encrypted with Resurrection-Ransomware
If you want to retrieve all of your files I recommend you follow my simple instructions because you have no way out
Send me 1.77 Bitcoin (3918 USD Dollars or 3500 Euros) to this address: 1B1encH1cncoBjH64K1JfgLF1GqoY9dwpJ
If you do not know what bitcoins are or you do not know how to buy them, I suggest you visit the official site
After making the payment please contact me [email protected] here you will receive the decryption key for your files.
You have to make payment upon expiration of this expiration you will lose forever all your files and your pc will be formatted.
I suggest you not to underestimate this message and to follow my instructions carefully……. TIC TAC THE TIME FLOWING
The operators of the Resurrection virus request that the victims of the threat send them the sum of 1.77 Bitcoins. They have specified an example conversion rate of 3918 US Dollars or 3500 Euros and have provided the relevant address. All transactions carried out through the digital currency are anonymous and cannot be effectively traced. The people behind the ransomware can also quickly withdraw the received amounts and stop providing help to the compromised users. This is the reason why we recommend that everyone use a quality anti-spyware solution to remove the malware. In our removal instructions we also explain how to restore the compromised files with a professional-grade data recovery product. The interesting thing about the Resurrection virus is that it plays parts of the Harry Potter movie soundtrack while the ransomware note is opened.
During the infection process the built-in code assigns an unique ID to each compromised host. It is calculated by taking information gathered from the machines. Like other Hidden Tear strains the Resurrection virus may gather sensitive hardware and software data that is used in the calculation. The ransomware extension that is used to rename the victim files is .
As the Hidden Tear family is made up of modular blocks we expect that the hackers behind the malware may create updated versions of it if the first campaigns are deemed succesful.
Please note that paying the requested ransom fee to cyber criminals does not really solve your problem with Resurrection virus. In fact, you only encourage hackers to continue spreading ransomware this way. Instead, you must remove Resurrection virus immediately, and only then look for ways to recover your data with a data recovery tool.
WARNING! Manual removal of Resurrection 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.
Resurrection 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
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
WARNING! All files and objects associated with Resurrection 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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- – Hit WIN Key
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- – Hit WIN Key
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