Ransomware infection, calling itself CryptoLockerEU 2016 uses the “.send 0.3 BTC crypt” file extension which it adds to files it encrypts on infected computers. This is the first case we’ve seen where the ransom money demanded are included in the file extension itself. The virus also drops a file, called “ĐŔŃŘČÔĐÎÂŔŇÜ ÔŔÉËŰ.txt” which translates to “ РАСШИФРОВАТЬ ФАЙЛЫ“, and means “DECRYPT FILES”, containing it’s ransom note. The file contains the ransom instructions on how to make a payoff to the cyber-criminals behind the virus so that they decrypt the files. Since such type of viruses often become decrypted, it is strongly advisable not to pay any ransom money since it is no guarantee you will get your files back. Instead, reccomendations are to remove CryptoLockerEU 2016 completely from your computer and while waiting for researchers to decrypt the virus if they succeed, to try alternative methods like the ones in the instructions below to restore your files.
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|Short Description||CryptoLockerEU 2016 encrypts files using a strong encryption cipher after which drops a ransom note in a .txt file with ransom demands.|
|Symptoms||A .txt file named “DECRYPT FILES” or “РАСШИФРОВАТЬ ФАЙЛЫ“ dropped on the infected PC. Files unopenable with an added “.send 0.3 BTC Crypt” file extension on them.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks.|
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CryptoLockerEU 2016 – Distribution Strategy
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The e-mails usually may contain buttons that lead to malicious URLs or attachments concealed as documents or other legitimate types of files.
CryptoLockerEU 2016 – More Information
There is little information known about this threat. However, from what is familiar so far, it has not been created by someone experienced, because the ransom note is very poorly written and at times it is not understandable.
After infection, CryptoLockerEU 2016 may situate files in %User’sProfile% AND %AppData% folders. The files may be of the following file types:
The main executable file of the ransomware (.exe) may contain a completely random name, such as 982d230d23d32.exe and it may be set in a registry entry to run every time Windows starts. The entry may be located on one of the following keys in the Windows Registry editor:
When the malicious executable has been ran, it immediately may begin encrypting files. Similar to previous CryptoLocker versions, thit may look fo the following file extensions to encrypt them:
→.7z .rar .m4a .wma .avi .wmv .csv .d3dbsp .sc2save .sie .sum .ibank .t13 .t12 .qdf .gdb .tax .pkpass .bc6 .bc7 .bkp .qic .bkf .sidn .sidd .mddata .itl .itdb .icxs .hvpl .hplg .hkdb .mdbackup .syncdb .gho .cas .svg .map .wmo .itm .sb .fos .mcgame .vdf .ztmp .sis .sid .ncf .menu .layout .dmp .blob .esm .001 .vtf .dazip .fpk .mlx .kf .iwd .vpk .tor .psk .rim .w3x .fsh .ntl .arch00 .lvl .snx .cfr .ff .vpp_pc .lrf .m2 .mcmeta .vfs0 .mpqge .kdb .db0 .DayZProfile .rofl .hkx .bar .upk .das .iwi .litemod .asset .forge .ltx .bsa .apk .re4 .sav .lbf .slm .bik .epk .rgss3a .pak .big .unity3d .wotreplay .xxx .desc .py .m3u .flv .js .css .rb .png .jpeg .txt .p7c .p7b .p12 .pfx .pem .crt .cer .der .x3f .srw .pef .ptx .r3d .rw2 .rwl .raw .raf .orf .nrw .mrwref .mef .erf .kdc .dcr .cr2 .crw .bay .sr2 .srf .arw .3fr .dng .jpe .jpg .cdr .indd .ai .eps .pdf .pdd .psd .dbfv .mdf .wb2 .rtf .wpd .dxg .xf .dwg .pst .accdb .mdb .pptm .pptx .ppt .xlk .xlsb .xlsm .xlsx .xls .wps .docm .docx .doc .odb .odc .odm .odp .ods .odt
After the encryption process is complete, the files enciphered by CryptoLockerEU 2016 can no longer be opened by any type of software and looks like the following:
After the encryption, the virus drops a ransom note which is written in Russian and says “Decrypt Files”.txt in it’s names if you translate it. Interestingly enough the note itself is written in English:
This strongly suggests that CryptoLockerEU 2016 is created to be spread all over Europe as well as other places over the world.
CryptoLockerEU 2016 – Conclusion, Removal and File Restoration
The bottom line is that this virus appears to be created by a Russian cyber-crook who is not very experienced in malware and definitely in English. It may be someone pretending to be such by in any case malware researchers strongly advise against trusting the crook and paying the ransom. Instead, it is recommended to remove CryptoLockerEU 2016 by following the instructions below. In case you have difficulty in removing this malware manually it is experts recommend doing it automatically by using an advanced anti-malware tool which will scan for and find every object and file associated with CryptoLockerEU 2016 on your PC and protect it in the future as well.
To attempt and restore your files, you may want to try the methods which are illustrated in step “2. Restore files encrypted by CryptoLockerEU 2016” below until a free decryptor is publicly released.
Manually delete CryptoLockerEU 2016 from your computer
Note! Substantial notification about the CryptoLockerEU 2016 threat: Manual removal of CryptoLockerEU 2016 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.