Rotor Ransomware Virus (Removal Steps and Protection Updates)

The Rotor Ransomware is one of the newer reported threats today that has impacted several companies and individual users worldwide. Read on to learn more about the malware and how to remove it.


Name
Rotor Ransomware

File Extensions
[email protected]____.tar or [email protected]____.tar

Ransom
7 Bitcoins

Solution #1
Rotor Ransomware can be removed easily with the help of an anti-malware tool, a program that will clean your computer from the virus, remove any additional cyber-security threats, and protect you in the future.

Solution #2
Rotor Ransomware can be removed manually, though it can be very hard for most home users. See the detailed tutorial below.

Distribution
Various distribution methods – spam email campaigns, browser hijackers and exploit kits.

Rotor Ransomware Description

The Rotor ransomware is a severe and highly dangerous malware threat that has only recently been discovered. It has typical ransomware features – its main goal is to infect the target computers and encrypt target user file extensions. By doing this the hackers blackmail the computer owners into paying large sums of money to restore access to their files.

Unfortunately at this moment we do not have the complete list of file name extensions that are targeted by the Rotor ransomware. However we do know that some of the most popular file extensions are affected, including the following:

csv, .doc, .ppt, .xls, .avi, .bak, .bmp, .dbf, .djvu, .docx, .exe, .flv, .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .mdb, .sql, .mdf, .odt, .pdf, .png, .pps, .pptm, .pptx, .psd, .rar, .raw, .tif, .txt, .vob, .xlsb, .xlsx, .zip

The virus encrypts the following extensions to the affected files:

  • [email protected]____.tar
  • OR

  • [email protected]____.tar
    • The ransom note contains the following text:

      Good day

      Your files were encrypted/locked
      As evidence can decrypt file 1 to 3 1-30MB
      The price of the transcripts of all the files on the server: 7 Bitcoin

      Recommend to solve the problem quickly and not to delay

      Also give advice on how to protect Your server against threats from the network

      (Files sql mdf backup decryption strictly after payment)!

      According to the reports the Rotor ransomware requests a very high ransom sum – 7 Bitcoins which is about 4400 US Dollars. It is very likely that the virus code also deletes the local Shadow Volume Copies which renders file recovery impossible.

      Rotor Ransomware Distribution

      There is no conclusive information available yet about the distribution methods that are used by this particular malware. However the Rotor ransomware will probably utilize the two most commonly used ways of infecting victims – spam email campaigns and malvertising.

      Rotor Ransomware Removal

      For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete Rotor completely with a few mouse clicks.

      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 Rotor Ransomware Using SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

      Manual removal of Rotor requires being familiar with system files and registries. Removal of any important data can lead to permanent system damage. Prevent this troublesome effect – delete Rotor ransomware with SpyHunter 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) 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

        3) Using System Restore Point

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

      restore-files-using-system-restore-point

      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

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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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