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APT Ransomware 2.0 Remove and Restore .dll Files

apt-ransomware-sensorstechforumA crypto-virus, dubbed as APT Ransomware requesting it’s victims to pay with Coinbase or Blockchain has appeared out into the open, encrypting files and adding .dll extension after it has completed encryption. APT Ransomware 2.0 also drops a ransom note in an .HTML file, called “DECRYPT_YOUR_FILES”. This ransom note aims to “motivate” the victims to pay a hefty ransom fee in 5 days for the cyber-criminals to be able to decrypt their files in return. And even though it is not confirmed, the virus allegedly uses RSA-4096 to render files unusable. Many consider it to be one of the strongest encryption algorithms, primarily because it uses a military grade encryption strength and a unique private and public decryption keys which both have to be used to decrypt files.

Threat Summary

NameAPT Ransomware 2.0
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware allegedly encrypts files with a strong RSA-4096 cipher and asks a ransom payoff of approximately 1 BTC for decryption.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted and become inaccessible with an added .dll file extension to them. A ransom note with instructions for paying the ransom shows as a DECRYPT_YOUR_FILES.html file.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks.
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APT Ransomware 2.0 – How Is It Distributed Out In The Open/h4>

This virus is not believed to be very widespread, but it may become in the future, depending on the resources of the cyber-criminals and the outcome of the operation. For the moment, it is widely believed that APT Ransomware 2.0 uses phishing e-mails to infect users. The infection may be processed via two main different methods:

  • Malicious URLs embedded in the body of the e-mail that redirects to a drive-by download page and causes an infection.
  • Malicious files disguised as legitimate Microsoft Office or Adobe documents.

The user PC can also become infected via simply opening a malicious web link, and it does not matter where the web link is posted.

APT Ransomware 2.0 – More Information

Once already infected, the APT Ransomware 2.0 virus may be downloaded onto the computer via the assistance of an Exploit Kit that caused the infection or the help of other malware like a downloader Trojan, for example. After being downloaded, the APT Ransomware 2.0 threat may situate malicious files in key Windows folders:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local Files%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%
  • %Common%
  • %System%

After this has been done, the APT Ransomware 2.0 may also create several other types of objects on the infected computer, like registry entries allowing it to run every time Windows starts. The targeted registry keys for this are the RUN and RUNONCE keys, usually located in:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\

After having created value strings on those keys, the APT Ransomware 2.0 may delete the shadow copies or other backups on the targeted machine by executing the vssadmin command in quiet mode.

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To encrypt the files of the infected computer, the APT Ransomware 2.0 may use the immensely strong RSA-4096 encryption which is also quite risky to implement and may permanently break your files. The ransomware may scan for widely used types of files, such as:

  • Document files (Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader).
  • Image files (Photos, Adobe Photoshop files).
  • Videos (Movie Maker files, .avi, .mpeg4 files).
  • Audio files (.wav, .mp3, .wmv).

After the encryption, the APT 2.0 Ransomware appends the .dll file extension to the encrypted files, for example:

New Text Document.txt will become New Text Document.txt.dll

The APT Ransomware 2.0 also leaves a ransom note behind. The note states the following message:

All your files have been encrypted with APT Ransomware v2.0
All your files has been stealed to our server. If you don’t pay, I sell it in Black Market.
YOU HAVE 5 DAY TO MAKE PAYMENT OR ALL YOUR FILES HAVE BEEN DELETED!
For each file unique, strong key, Algorithm RSA4096 look at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSA_(cryptosystem)
-All your attempts to restore files on their own, lead to the loss of the possibility of recovery and we are not going to help you.

The ransomware demands users to pay a ransom payoff which is 1 BTC to their BitCoin address, and they also give instructions on how to make a wallet and buy BitCoin as well.

Malware researchers, however, believe that paying the ransom will solve nothing and they strongly advise users to remove any traces of the APT Ransomware 2.0 from your computer.

Remove APT Ransomware and Restore Your Files

To remove this malware from your PC, we advise you to follow the instructions mentioned in this article. In addition, it is also advisable to focus on deleting the virus automatically using an advanced anti-malware program which will ensure it’s successful removal from your computer.

To attempt and restore your files, we advise you to use alternative methods in step “2. Restore files encrypted by APT Ransomware 2.0” while a decrypter becomes publicly available for free. The methods may not be 100% effective, so we advise you to back up your files before attempting them.

The release of a free decryptor, however, is very unlikely because news broke out online that the creators of the ransomware may have created bad code and may not be able to decrypt the encrypted files themselves. We will keep track of the virus and update this article with more information as it becomes available.

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Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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How to Remove APT Ransomware 2.0 from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove APT Ransomware 2.0

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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 APT Ransomware 2.0 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 APT Ransomware 2.0 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 APT Ransomware 2.0 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 APT Ransomware 2.0 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 APT Ransomware 2.0.

Ransomware infections and APT Ransomware 2.0 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 APT Ransomware 2.0 from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall APT Ransomware 2.0 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 APT Ransomware 2.0:

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 APT Ransomware 2.0. 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 APT Ransomware 2.0. 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 APT Ransomware 2.0 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 APT Ransomware 2.0. 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 APT Ransomware 2.0.

Ransomware infections and APT Ransomware 2.0 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.


APT Ransomware 2.0 FAQ

What is APT Ransomware 2.0 ransomware and how does it work?

APT Ransomware 2.0 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 APT Ransomware 2.0 ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.APT Ransomware 2.0 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 APT Ransomware 2.0 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 .APT Ransomware 2.0 files?

You can't. At this point the .APT Ransomware 2.0 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 .APT Ransomware 2.0 files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by APT Ransomware 2.0 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 ".APT Ransomware 2.0" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .APT Ransomware 2.0 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 APT Ransomware 2.0 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 APT Ransomware 2.0 ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .APT Ransomware 2.0 files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like APT Ransomware 2.0 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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