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Anubis Ransomware Remove and Restore .coded File

anubis-ransomware-main-sensorstechforumStrangely enough, a ransomware virus variant that has Anubis for it’s theme has appeared, leaving encoded files in .coded file extension after it encrypts them. The virus then changes the wallpaper of the affected computer with a distinctive one showing the Egyptian god and alongside a ransom note explaining the situation to affected users. The virus also drops a “decryption_instructions.txt” file which aims to induce fear into users and get them to pay the ransom and contact the cyber-crooks for decryption instructions on their e-mail “support.code@aol.com”. Malware researchers who are reverse engineering the Anubis virus are advising users not to make any payoff the cyber-criminals behind this e-mail address and to remove the virus. If you seek alternative methods to restore your files and removal instructions for Anubis ransomware, you should read this article thoroughly instead of having to pay to crooks who may or may not restore your files.

Threat Summary

NameAnubis
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files with an encryption algorithm rendering them no longer oopenable until a ransom is paid to the cyber-criminals who are the only ones with the decryption keys. The Anubis virus is believed to be a part of the EDA2 ransomware family.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted and become inaccessible. A ransom note with instructions for paying the ransom shows as a decryption_instructions.txt file.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks.
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Anubis Ransomware – How Does It Spread

Users can get infected with this variant of Anubis ransomware in multiple scenarios. The virus may spread via malicious web links posted all over the web in widely visited websites, such as social media sites as well as websites that have comments and user content, like Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, and others. The weblinks themselves may not be malicious, and this is what gets them posted online without being detected. They may, however, perform a browser redirect and transfer to the actual malicious URL that causes a drive-by-download or a file-less JavaScript type of infection.

The most likely scenario of getting infected with ransomware like the Anubis virus is via e-mail. The crypto-virus may be spammed via spamming software that sends multiple e-mails to a pre-configured list of targets. Such e-mails may contain various subjects that are convincing, like:

  • Invoice.
  • Payment confirmation.
  • PayPal transfers.
  • Letter from your bank.

Such subjects may convince users to open e-mail attachments that seem legitimate but contain the Anubis ransomware. Given that most users nowadays are inexperienced, it is already a proven method to cause malware infections, and this is why cyber-criminals prefer it.

Anubis Ransomware – Further Information

When initially activated, the malicious file may be the ransomware itself, especially if it is a .JS type of file. However, the virus may also be downloaded by third party malware that causes the infection. The payload of Anubis ransomware may be located under different names in one of the following key Windows folders:

commonly used file names and folders

After the payload has already been dropped, Anubis ransomware may cause the computer to slow down and even freeze while it performs it’s encryption process. Initially, the virus may either modify the registry entries in the keys “Run” and “RunOnce” of the infected computer or drop files in the %Startup% folder to make the file encryptor run every time Windows starts. It may also delete the shadow copies and file history to ensure that no files are restored. This is usually achieved by executing the following command in incognito mode:

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After it’s preparation stage is complete, Anubis ransomware may target multiple types of files for encryption:

.jpg, .png, .bmp, .psd, .docx, .pptx, .xlx, .xls, .avi, .mpeg4, .mp3, .wmv and others

After having encrypted the targeted files, Anubis ransomware changes their core structure, and they can no longer be opened. The .coded file extension is added to the files, and they may appear like the following example:

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After having enciphered your files, the ransomware virus Anubis drops a ransom note on the affected computer, named decryption_instructions.txt. It has the following distinctive message:

→”IMPORTANT INFORMATION!
————————–
Your Computer ID: {uniqueID} <---- Remember it and send to my email. -------------------------- All your files are encrypted strongly.! -How to open my file? -You need Original KEY and Decrypt Program -Where can I get? -Email to me: support.code@aol.com or support.code@india.com (Open file Decryption Instructions on your Desktop and send your SID)"

But the notification and persistence of Anubis does not end there. The virus also changes the background of the infected computer with Anubis’s image and the following message:

anubis-ransomware-wallpaper-sensorstechforum Source: demonslay335 (Twitter)

Malware researchers believe that this virus is part of the open-source HiddenTear (EDA2) ransomware project and might be decyptable.

Anubis Ransomware – Conclusion, Removal, and File Restoration

As a bottom line everyone who has had they PC’s infected with this variant of ransomware, should not pay any form of ransom. This is because ransomware researchers are often looking for a method to decrypt viruses like Anubis and they may release free decryptor soon. Until then, probably your best bet is to remove Anubis ransomware from your computer by following the instructions below and restore your files by seeing the alternative methods in step “2. Restore files encrypted by Anubis”. The best method to remove the ransomware, especially if you are having difficulties following the manual instructions and you are with no experience in detecting the malicious files is to use an advanced anti-malware program which will take care of Anubis ransomware automatically and swiftly. After having removed this virus, make sure that you backup your encrypted files before trying the file restoration methods because they may be risky in some circumstances.

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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:

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  • Profile of the content creator.
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  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Anubis from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Anubis

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Anubis 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Anubis on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Anubis there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

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Step 4: Scan for Anubis with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Anubis.

Ransomware infections and Anubis 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

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.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Anubis from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Anubis and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Anubis:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Anubis. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Anubis. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Anubis 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Anubis. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Anubis.

Ransomware infections and Anubis 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.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

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.


Anubis FAQ

What is Anubis ransomware and how does it work?

Anubis 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 Anubis ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Anubis 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 Anubis 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 .Anubis files?

You can't. At this point the .Anubis 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 .Anubis files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Anubis 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 ".Anubis" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Anubis 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 Anubis 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 Anubis ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Anubis files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Anubis 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.

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