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Danger level 6
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

caforssztxqzf2nm.onion Locker

Windows operating systems are on the target by yet another malicious infection, caforssztxqzf2nm.onion Locker. As you can tell by the name, this threat locks the system up, which means that it denies its owner access. According to our research team, the ransom note that is displayed via the window that blocks the access, is almost identical to the one used by Bad Rabbit Ransomware, another malicious and well-known infection. This is why your anti-malware tool might identify the infection by this name. Without a doubt, if you face this malicious threat, you want to delete it as soon as possible, but, unfortunately, removing caforssztxqzf2nm.onion Locker is not easy, and might be even impossible. Continue reading the report to learn about the infection, as well as its elimination. If you want to continue the discussion after you are done reading, do not hesitate to leave your questions in the comments area.

According to our malware research team, caforssztxqzf2nm.onion Locker is reminiscent of an MBR locker, which is the kind of malware that overwrites or encrypts the Windows master boot record. This Locker does not do that. In fact, it might be early to discuss how exactly this malware works because it seems to be unfinished. That being said, it has some functionality, and if it is distributed – which is most likely to happen with the help of spam email attachments – it should be able to create a mess. When the devious caforssztxqzf2nm.onion Locker slithers in, it first creates a folder named “RarSFX0” in the %TEMP% directory. In this folder, four unique files – payload.hta, setup.bat, clear.bat, and init.bat – are created. The last file is the most powerful one. It is the file that modifies the Windows Registry, that copies the other three malicious files to the C:\ drive, and that deletes the created folder before restarting the computer. At this point, the victim might still have the chance to delete malicious components, but the infection is quick, and the operating system might be locked before the victim understands what happened.

Once the system is locked by caforssztxqzf2nm.onion Locker, a window with a short message is displayed. This message informs that files were encrypted and cannot be accessed. It then proceeds to inform that only the attackers can help recover files and that they would do it only after the victim paid a ransom. Even though the attackers promise to provide a “decryption password” after the victim visits caforssztxqzf2nm.onion, things are not as simple as you might think. First of all, the website does not work, which means that paying the ransom is not even possible. Though it might not look like it, this is a good thing because even if you were able to pay the ransom, doing so would not be recommended. The malicious caforssztxqzf2nm.onion Locker does not even provide a dialog box into which the alleged decryption password should go. Overall, decryption appears to be impossible, and that is why we believe that this threat is not yet spreading. Maybe it will not be spread at all. Unfortunately, until you remove the locker, your access to the operating system will be denied every time you restart the computer.

Do you know how to reboot to Windows Safe Mode? According to our research team, you need Safe Mode to delete caforssztxqzf2nm.onion Locker, but even when you do that, there are no guarantees that you will be able to get past the locker. Our malware experts suggest that your best bet would be to connect to the infected computer in Safe Mode using a remote desktop connection, but that is an advanced technique, and even experienced users might have trouble succeeding. Unfortunately, if you cannot unlock the system, you might not even get the chance to install anti-malware software that could automatically remove caforssztxqzf2nm.onion Locker. Just in case, the list of malicious components that require removal can be found in the guide below. Overall, when it comes to this malware, it seems that it is best to take care of prevention. Implement reliable security tools and always backup personal files to protect them in case malware corrupts your operating system and personal files.

caforssztxqzf2nm.onion Locker Removal

  1. Tap Win+E keys to launch Windows Explorer.
  2. Enter %TEMP% into the bar at the top.
  3. If a folder named RarSFX0 exists, Delete it.
  4. Access the local drive (most likely, C:\).
  5. Delete the file named payload.hta, clear.bat, setup.bat.
  6. Delete recently downloaded files (could be anywhere, but you can check these locations first: %USERPROFILE%\Desktop, %USERPROFILE%\Downloads, %TEMP%).
  7. Tap Win+R keys to launch the Run box.
  8. Enter regedit and click OK to launch Registry Editor.
  9. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\Setup.
  10. Delete the values named Setup Type and CmdLine.
  11. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout.
  12. Delete the value named Scancode Map.
  13. Empty Recycle Bin to complete the removal.
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