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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 Ransomware

If Ransomware invades the Windows operating system and encrypts found files, it immediately creates a file named “.HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED” The name of this ransom note file matches the extension that is attached to the encrypted files, and so if you find it, there is no need for you to try to open the file. You will not succeed because the corrupted files’ data is jumbled, and they can be read only with a special decryptor. That is exactly what the attackers dangle in front of the victims’ noses to push them into giving up their money. Unfortunately, even though it is true that the creator of the infection might be the only one who can decrypt your files, it is highly unlikely that they would assist you even if you followed the instructions and paid the ransom. So, what are you supposed to do to decrypt your files? Sadly, it is unlikely that that is possible. Nonetheless, you still need to remove Ransomware, and the tips and instructions presented in this guide should help you.

Are you familiar with the Scarab Ransomware family? If you do not follow cyber security news for your own pleasure, it is unlikely that you are. To sum things up, this family consists of malicious infections that were created using the same publicly available source code. A few other threats from this family include Scarab-Lolita Ransomware, Scarab-Good Ransomware, and Scarab-Glutton Ransomware. Our research team has analyzed quite a few threats from this group, and the most recent of them tend to disable Registry Editor and Task Manager utilities during the attack. If they are disabled, the victim cannot terminate malicious processes and delete malicious components even if they realize that an infection is active. Of course, because this threat is quick, you are unlikely to notice anything until your files are fully decrypted and the ransom note file is opened. You stand a chance at deleting Ransomware in time only if you recognize this infection as soon as it slithers in. That could happen when you open attachments sent with spam email messages, or if unsecured RDP channels are used to drop the infection without your knowledge.

Originally, Ransomware ransom note file “HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED” appears to be created in the %USERPROFILE% directory, but copies of this file should be dispersed everywhere, so that you would not overlook it. The file displays a text message, according to which, RSA-2048 encryptor was used to encrypt files. It also informs that victims need to send a “personal identifier” code to and to get more information about the decryption process. The message offers an alternative method of communication via Jabber too. Regardless of how you contact the creator of Ransomware, you will be asked to pay money for some kind of a decryption tool or software. First of all, we do not recommend emailing cyber criminals because they could send you malware and sell your email address to other schemers and cyber criminals. Second, we do not recommend paying the ransom because, most likely, that would be a waste of money.

Hopefully, you do not postpone the removal of the malicious infection much longer. If you are worried about losing your personal files permanently, think about backups. If you have backed personal files up on external drives or cloud drives, you do not need to worry. After you delete Ransomware, you will be able to access backup files. If that is not your situation, from now on, always backup important and precious files. Another thing you should do is secure your operating system, which we recommend doing with the help of a legitimate anti-malware tool. If you install it now, it will also automatically remove Ransomware, and you will have one less problem to deal with. If you choose not to utilize security software, you will need to secure your operating system yourself, and that is not easy to do. Remember that cyber criminals can exploit every single security backdoor and existing vulnerability to drop malware, and if you are unable to attend to these backdoors and patch the vulnerabilities, malware could attack soon. Ransomware Removal

  1. Right-click and Delete the [unique name].exe file that launched the infection.
  2. Launch Explorer by tapping Win+E keys.
  3. Enter %USERPROFILE% into the field at the top.
  4. Delete the file named HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED
  5. Enter %APPDATA% into the field at the top.
  6. Delete the [unique name].exe file created by the infection (could be named system.exe but should delete itself after successful execution).
  7. Launch RUN by tapping Win+R keys.
  8. Enter regedit into the dialog box and click OK.
  9. In Registry Editor, move to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\.
  10. Delete the [unique name] key that was created by the ransomware.
  11. Move to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  12. Delete the [unique name] value that was created by the ransomware (the value data should point to the location of the HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED file).
  13. Empty Recycle Bin and then perform a full system scan using a legitimate malware scanner.
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