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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Frs Ransomware

The ransomware infection dubbed Frs is yet another threat encrypting files and requiring for a ransom. The Frs ransomware is aimed at Chinese speaking computer users, but it has a feature enabling the victim to choose the English language as an alternative to read the text of the ransom note. This relatively new ransomware threat, discovered in early March, 2018, is also powered by Quick Batch Compiler, which is a property that has not been used by any known ransomware so far. Nevertheless, this does not change the fact that the Frs ransomware should be removed from the computer once spotted, and it is absolutely easy to notice this ransomware because of its ransom window and the PNG file which are launched upon file encryption.

After encrypting files and appending the file extension .FRS to each affected file, the Frs ransomware opens a .pgn file named Chinese_nation_flag containing the image of the national flag. Additionally, the files READ_ME_HELP_ME.png and READ_ME_HELP_ME.txt as well as a program named FRS_Decryptor are opened.

According to the requirements provided by the Frs rasomware, the victim has to pay a release fee of 0.05 Bitcoin to the digital account given. Moreover, after submitting the payment, the victim is required to inform the attackers about the payment at FRSDecryptor@fifcom.cn with the subject line "Buy FRS Decryptor." It is highly advisable to ignore the requirement to pay, because there are no guarantees that the files will be restored back to normal as soon as the attackers receive the money. Law enforcement recommends that people take preventative measure in advance of ransomware attacks by backing up their files and ensuring that the system is updated and properly protected.

A lot of people have fallen victims to ransomware developers just because of the misleading believes that by paying up they will have the issue fix. The Frs ransomware has a feature enabling the victim to decrypt one file. To have a selected file decrypted, it is necessary to type in its path to the field given and press Enter. Even though this feature works, it does not prove that you will receive a decryptor after paying the ransom fee.

Instead of risking your money, remove the Frs ransomware from the computer. After removing the infection, make sure that this incident will not take place again in the future. Ransomware is spread in different ways, including deceitful emails and brute-force RDP attacks. In order to minimize the risk of getting the PC infected, ignore emails containing file attachments and links. As for the RDP service, make sure that your remote desktop account is protected by a strong password. Overall, it is essential to browser only trusted websites and download only reputable software that is acknowledge widely and has a good reputation. The more you browse unsecured website, the higher the risk of clicking on some ill-purposed link or advertisement is.

Ransomware has become one of the most threatening and lucrative types of malware, and the interest in this type of business of the dark market is still increasing. The surge of different strains of ransomware is also caused by ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) platforms enabling newbies in coding to build up new ransomware infections and profit from inexperienced computer users. If you do not want to become victimized again by some different ransomware infection or, say, Trojan horse or keylogger, remove the Frs ransomware straight away and shield the system from malware.

Below you will find our removal instructions which guide you through the removal process. The infection creates copies of its file in different directories, and, if you want to remove the ransomware for good, you have to delete all those malicious files. If you find that the removal procedure is too complex, implement a reputable anti-malware program to have all those malicious files removed in no time.

How to remove the Frs ransomware

  1. Check the desktop, Downloads folder, and other locations to which you save downloads and delete recently downloaded files.
  2. Delete the following folders marked in bold:

%LOCALAPPDATA%\[11 random characters]

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