- Slow Computer
- System crashes
- Connects to the internet without permission
- Installs itself without permissions
- Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
Ransomware is a type of online threat that encrypts files and demands for a ransom. The Rarucrypt ransomware is a threat that converts files to the RAR format and locks them with a password instead of encrypting files as the vast majority of ransomware threats do. After compressing and locking files, Rarucrypt creates 10 files named README1, README2, README3, etc. All these files contain the same ransom warning asking the victim to pay a release fee in exchange to the password limiting the user's access to the affected data. Fortunately, there is no need to worry about the demand money, because the password has been retrieved from the code of the infection.
According to the ransom note of the Rarucrypt ransomware, unlocking the archived files would cost the victim 200 rubles. In order to find out how the release fee has to be paid, the victim is given a reference to the attackers account at vk.com. The account is known to be inactive, which means that money submission would be impossible. Even so, it is important to bear in mind that people behind ransomware threats are interested only in financial gain. All that they care of is how to encourage victims to pay considerable sums for decryption keys or decryption tools that usually do not even exist. The Rarucrypt ransomsware is yet another threat working as a tool for gathering money, so, even if the attacker's account was active and it was be possible to find out the money submission service, paying up would not change the situation.
Thanks to the authors' mistake, the password allowing file extraction is hard-coded in the code of the infection, and you can unlock the affected files with this code:
After compressing files, the Rarucrypt ransowmare deletes itself, leaving only the ransom notes on the desktop. The fact that the infection is no longer present on your computer does not mean that you can browse the Internet as usual. You should consider implementing some changes on the computer and also changing your browsing habits to reduce the hazard of malware infiltration.
The desired results can be achieved only when you keep yourself away from harmful malware sources. Malware can be distributed by various websites, including online forums where malicious link to a threat could be posted; dating websites, which are usually full of third-party advertisements; online gaming websites, etc. Malicious programs are also spread via email, including phishing emails and spam emails. Phishing emails are emails that look like legitimate emails sent by well-known service providers. If you receive an email that arouses the slightest suspicion, do not click on its links or attachments so as not to download malware or destructive payloads.
Over the past year, ransomware has been frequently spread through the RDP service, allowing remote access to a another computer. This service is commonly used by businesses to have their have software programs and other services maintained remotely. This IT services has been chosen by cyber crooks to function as a channel of malware distribution. In order to inhibit criminals from taking over the machine, it is advisable to use strong RDP login data so that it is not cracked during brute-force RDP attacks aimed at getting unauthorized access to computers using RDP.
Additionally, it is important to keep the operating system shielded by a powerful malware and spyware prevention tool. It is important to use common sense when browsing the Internet, but sometimes paying close attention to the content you are exposed to may be insufficient. Your computer could get infected with a browser hijacker, adware, keylogger, or any other threat without your knowledge to take the best advantage of you and your device. To avoid all of this, do not hesitate to install a security tool that can fight off different threats with ease.
Since the Rarucrypt ransomware removes itself after locking multiple files, only the ransom notes remain on the computer. Our removal guidelines are provided below in case you want to check whether the infection is still present on the computer. If you are not sure whether the PC is now malware-free, do not hesitate to install software that can run a system scan for you and delete malicious files.
How to remove the Rarucrypt ransomware