The article will help you remove Project34 ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the end of this article.
Project34 is a ransomware cryptovirus. The ransom note of the virus is written in the Russian language. However, not only Russian-speaking users could be the target of the ransomware. Your files will become encrypted and get a prefix before their original filenames, which is firstname.lastname@example.org, after the encryption process is finished. Continue reading below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your data.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will encrypt your files and put the prefix email@example.com just in front of their names after it finishes its encryption process.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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Project34 Ransomware – Delivery Ways
Project34 ransomware might spread its infection with various methods. The payload file which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the Internet, and some Russian users report that it has been under a file named “WindowsUpdate.exe”. If that file lands on your computer system and you execute it – your personal computer will become infected.
Project34 ransomware might also deliver its payload file via social media networks and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the ransomware prevention tips from our forums.
Project34 Ransomware – Technical Overview
The Project34 ransomware is also a cryptovirus, that gets its name from the e-mail attached as a prefix to every encrypted file. The main target of the virus seems to be Russian-speaking people, as its ransom message is written in the Russian language. However, computers of other users might be infected as well.
Project34 ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and probably launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.
The note is indeed written in Russian, but probably not by a Russian as a native speaker of that language would not write in such a way. The ransom note is contained inside a text file, that is called ПАРОЛЬ.txt. You can view the ransom message that loads after file encryption right down here:
That ransom note reads the following:
ВАШИ ФАЙЛЫ НАХОДЯТЬСЯ ПОД ПАРОЛЕМ
ЧТОБЫ ПОЛУЧИТЬ ПАРОЛЬ
НАПИШИТЕ НАМ НА firstname.lastname@example.org
МЫ ОТВЕТИМ ВАМ В ТЕЧЕНИИ 20 ЧАСОВ
В СООБЩЕНИИ УКАЖИТЕ СВОЙ IP АДРЕСС
ЕГО МОЖНО УЗНАТЬ НА 2IP.RU
A rough translation of that note in English states the following:
YOUR FILES HAVE BEEN UNDER THE PASSWORD
TO GET PASSWORD
WRITE US ON email@example.com
WE WILL RESPOND YOU WITHIN 20 HOURS
IN A MESSAGE, SPECIFY YOUR IP ADDRESS
IT IS POSSIBLE TO KNOW AT 2IP.RU
The note of the Project34 ransomware states that your files are password protected and the only way to retrieve that password is to contact the firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address. On that address you will be given a certain ransom price to pay to unlock your data. You should NOT under any circumstance contact these cybercriminals or think of paying them. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could give you any guarantee of that. Furthermore, giving money to these crooks will likely motivate them to create more ransomware or do other criminal activities.
For the moment there is no list with file extensions that the Project34 ransomware seeks to encrypt.
Despite that, all of the files that get encrypted will receive the same prefix attached to the beginning of their original file names, which is the email@example.com e-mail.
The Project34 cryptovirus is likely to delete all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system by using the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
Keep on reading to find out what kind of ways you could try to potentially restore some of your files.
Remove Ransomware and Restore firstname.lastname@example.org Files
If your computer got infected with the Project34 ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.
Manually delete Project34 from your computer
Note! Substantial notification about the Project34 threat: Manual removal of Project34 requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.