The .Adair is a Phobos ransomware that is currently set against target end users on a global scale. There is no information available about the hacking group behind it. It is believed to be a new iteration of the famous ransomware family. This is one of the reasons why we believe that the hackers are experienced.
Once the .Adair has started it will execute its built-in sequence of dangerous commands. Depending on local conditions or the specific hacker instructions various actions will take place. The file encryption will begin after them — the encrypting component will use a built-in list of target file type extensions. In the end the victim files will be renamed with the .Adair extension.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer machine and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly restore them.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will blackmail the victims to pay them a decryption fee. Sensitive user data may be encrypted by the ransomware code.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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.Adair – Distribution and Impact
Malware specialsts have discovered that a new Phobos variant has been detected bearing the .Adair extension. The full security analysis is not yet available however we assume that they will follow the typical behavior of previous samples. This means that the hacking group has made modifications to the base engine.
The hackers will probaly follow the most popular distribution techniques by orchestrating various phishing campaigns. They utilize both email messages and web sites that impersonate popular services and sites. They are commonly hosted on similar sounding domain names, have stolen or fake contents and in many cases can be secured with self-signed certificates.
The other popular strategy is to create malware files which will lead to the .Adair virus installation. Popular types are the following:
- Documents — The hackers can create malware documents across all popular file formats. This includes text files, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. When they are opened by the criminals a prompt will appear asking the victims to enable the built-in content. This will lead to the virus installation.
- Setup Bundles — The criminals can create dangerous app installers of popular software. When they are run the virus will be installed alongside the program.
- Web Browser Hijackers — These are dangerous plugins made compatible with the most popular web browsers. The hackers typically post them on hthe relevant repositories with hacked or fake credentials. To manipulate the victims into installing them the hackers can post fake user reviews and provide long lists of feature additions and extras.
The malware files and hyperlinks can be easily distributed over social networks and file-sharing networks. This includes the popular option BitTorrent. Files can also be sent over or linked in social networks with fake or hacked accounts.
As soon as the .Adair Phobos virus is launched on a given host it will start a series of malware modules which will be run according to the local conditions or to the specific hacker instructions. The list of affected modules can vary from machine to machine. A common component is the initial datta acquisition one which can be used to expose the identtiy of the victims and to create an ID for each virus-infected computer. This information can then be used to find out if there are any security software installed on a given host. This can work against products across a wide range of categories: anti-virus programs, firewalls, intrusion detection systems and etc.
When the security programs have been disabled the virus can edit out important settings including the boot options. This will manipulate the system so that the threat will be run every time the computer is started and also disable access to the recovery options. This module can also locate and delete sensitive files that may include backups and restore points making it very hard to recover the infected machines. If the malware is advanced enough it will also commit changes to the Windows Registry — the creation of new values and the manipulation of already existing ones. This can lead to system-wide issues like performance problems, errors, data loss and reconfiguration of the user preferences.
In the end the ransomware process will be started — the engine will process user data according to a built-in list of target file type extensions, commonly include the following: archives, databases, documents, multimedia files, backups and etc. The virus-specific .Adair extesnion will be applied to them automatically when the process has completed running. An associated ransomware note and/or lockscreen will be shown to the visitors.
.Adair – What Does It Do?
.Adair could spread its infection in various ways. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the Internet. .Adair might also distribute its payload file on social media 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. Read the tips for ransomware prevention from our forum.
.Adair is a cryptovirus that encrypts your files and shows a window with instructions on your computer screen. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom for the alleged restoration of your files. The main engine could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and interfere with processes in Windows.
The .Adair is a crypto virus programmed to encrypt user data. As soon as all modules have finished running in their prescribed order the lockscreen will launch an application frame which will prevent the users from interacting with their computers. It will display the ransomware note to the victims.
You should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that.
The .Adair cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore your files back to normal.
If your computer system got infected with the .Adair Files 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.
Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.
As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.
How to recognize trustworthy sources:
- Always check "About Us" web page.
- Profile of the content creator.
- Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
- Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.
How to Remove .Adair virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .Adair virus
Step 2: Uninstall .Adair virus and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .Adair virus on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .Adair virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .Adair virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .Adair virus.
Ransomware infections and .Adair virus aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.
Get rid of .Adair virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .Adair virus and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove .Adair virus via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .Adair virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .Adair virus aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money.
This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
.Adair virus FAQ
What is .Adair virus ransomware and how does it work?
.Adair virus is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.
Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.
How does .Adair virus ransomware infect my computer?
Via several ways..Adair virus Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.
This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.
After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.
Another way, you may become a victim of .Adair virus is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.
How to open ..Adair virus files?
You can't. At this point the ..Adair virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.
Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?
Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..Adair virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by .Adair virus ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.
How Do I restore "..Adair virus" files (Other Methods)?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..Adair virus files.
These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.
How do I get rid of .Adair virus ransomware virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate .Adair virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..Adair virus files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like .Adair virus ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.
What to Do If nothing works?
There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:
- Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
- Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
- Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
- Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
- You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.
More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.