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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • Normal system programs crash immediatelly
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel Ransomware Ransomware belongs to the GlobeImposter Ransomware family since it works in a manner that is similar to all infections from this group. It encrypts user’s files and shows a note saying the user can get them decrypted, but only if he contacts the malware’s creators. We are almost entirely sure that the instructions the hackers would send in their reply should explain how to pay a ransom. Usually, cybercriminals ask to pay it in crytocurrencies like Bitcoins, for anonymity purposes. It may seem like a simple trade, but it is important to realize that you would have no guarantees and the money you transfer could be lost in vain. This is the reason why we do not recommend paying a ransom and if you do not think it would be a good idea either, we advise deleting Ransomware. You can learn how to get rid of it manually by following the instructions available below this article. Naturally, for more details on the threat we advise reading the rest of the text.

Like most ransomware applications Ransomware could be spread through malicious websites, pop-ups or notifications, email attachments, and so on. Usually, victims are tricked into opening disguised malware installers that may look like pictures, text documents, and other harmless data. Therefore, our researchers recommend being extra careful with files from unknown senders, untrustworthy websites, suspicious notifications, or other unreliable sources. To protect the system from threats, it would be best to scan all questionable files before opening them with a chosen antimalware tool. For this you should pick a reliable security tool you could trust and it is vital to keep it up to date so it could identify newer threats too.

After the user accidentally launches Ransomware installer, the threat should make a copy of it and place it in the %LOCALAPPDATA% directory. Our researchers say, it should be an executable file with a random name. Next, the malicious application should locate the files it is programmed to encrypt. It could be user’s pictures, photos, videos, archives, and other personal files. To be more precise, the threat should not do anything to data belonging to the computer’s operating system. Moreover, to recognize encrypted files the malware might mark them with an additional extension called .crypted_bizarrio@pay4me_in. For example, if a file named sunset.jpg gets encrypted by Ransomware, it should turn into sunset.jpg.crypted_bizarrio@pay4me_in.

Afterward, the malicious application ought to create a ransom note called how_to_back_files.html. The file might be dropped on the victim’s Desktop and it could appear in all directories containing encrypted files. If the user opens it, he should find a message from the Ransomware’s developers. According to them, all user’s important files were encrypted with a robust encryption algorithm and they can only be restored with specific decryption tools that only they have. To receive them the cybercriminals encourage victims to contact them faster as they claim the needed tools will not be available forever.

Like we explained earlier, it is likely Ransomware’s developers are going to ask to pay a ransom and there are no guarantees they will provide the promised tools. In other words, paying the ransom could be risky and if you do not want to take any chances, we advise not to pay any attention to the malware’s ransom note. If you have backup copies, you should use them to replace encrypted files, but, first, you should eliminate Ransomware to make sure it is safe to transfer copies or create new files on the infected computer.

One of the ways to delete Ransomware is to erase all data belonging to it from the infected computer manually. This process could be complicated, but if you feel experienced enough, we invite you to follow the instructions placed at the end of this paragraph. As for inexperienced users, we recommend employing a reliable antimalware tool that could take care of the malicious application.

Eliminate Ransomware

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
  2. Choose Task Manager and click on Processes.
  3. Locate a process associated with the malware.
  4. Select it and click End Task.
  5. Close Task Manager.
  6. Press Win+E.
  7. Check these directories:
  8. Search for the malware’s installer, right-click the threat’s launcher and press Delete.
  9. Go to: %LOCALAPPDATA%
  10. Find the copy of the malware’s installer (it should be an executable file with a random name), right-click it and press Delete.
  11. Right-click files called how_to_back_files.html and select Delete.
  12. Exit File Explorer.
  13. Press Win+R.
  14. Type Regedit and press Enter.
  15. Navigate to: HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  16. Look for a value name called BrowserUpdateCheck, right-click it and choose Delete.
  17. Exit Registry Editor.
  18. Empty Recycle Bin.
  19. Restart the computer.
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