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.ATLAS File Virus – Remove It and Restore Your Files

This article will aid you in removing .ATLAS File Virus fully. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the bottom of this article.

.ATLAS is the extension placed to files encrypted by ATLAS ransomware. After the payload of the ransomware is executed, your files will become encrypted and the virus will leave a ransom message with instructions for payment. Malware researchers believe it to be a variant of the .CHIP file virus. Continue to read below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your data.

Threat Summary

NameATLAS
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware virus encrypts files on your computer and leaves a note demanding you to contact the cybercriminals about the ransom.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and then append the extension .ATLAS on each of the encrypted files.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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.ATLAS File Virus – Infection

The .ATLAS file virus could distribute its infection through diverse methods. A method that is observed to be very common is with a payload file that launches the malicious script for the ransomware, which in turn infects your computer. Such payloads are present around the Web and you should be cautious when surfing the Internet.

The .ATLAS file virus could distribute its payload file on social media websites and file-sharing networks. Freeware applications which are found on the Web could be presented as useful but at the same time could hide the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Avoid opening files straight away after you have downloaded them. That stands especially for ones that came from sources like suspicious e-mails or links. What you should rather do is to scan files before opening them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything dubious. Also, you should read the tips for preventing ransomware given in the forum section.

.ATLAS File Virus – Description

The .ATLAS file virus is dubbed like that due to the fact that it appends the .ATLAS extension to files after it encrypts them. Malware researchers believe that the ransomware is a variant of the .CHIP Files Ransomware Virus.

The .ATLAS file virus could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, launch and repress processes in Windows. Some entries are designed in a way that will start the virus automatically with each launch of the Windows Operating System, and one such entry is outlined right here:

→HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Run

The ransom note will appear in your computer after the encryption process is finished. The note is written in English, but doesn’t target English-speaking users specifically. Inside, you will view instructions for what to do to allegedly get your files recovered. The ransom note file is inside a file called “ATLAS_FILES.txt”.

The ATLAS_FILES.txt file will load the following ransom note, upon opening:

The ransom note states the following:

YOUR ID:bd25b3c75685487dg3gb3fc56f12653h22

Hello! All Your files are encrypted!

For more specific instructions, please contact us as soon as possible:

atlashelp@protonmail.com

atlasfix@protonmail.com

atlasfix@dr.com

Attention: DO NOT USE ANY PUBLIC DECRYPTERS!

YOU CAN DAMAGE YOUR FILES!

Kind regards, Support Team.

YOUR ID:bd25b3c75685487dg3gb3fc56f12653h22

YOUR ID:bd25b3c75685487dg3gb3fc56f12653h22

YOUR ID:bd25b3c75685487dg3gb3fc56f12653h22

YOUR ID:bd25b3c75685487dg3gb3fc56f12653h22

YOUR ID:bd25b3c75685487dg3gb3fc56f12653h22

The makers of the ATLAS ransomware are using the ProtonMail encrypted e-mail service as it becomes apparent from the ransom note. The following two addresses are used:

  • atlashelp@protonmail.com
  • atlasfix@protonmail.com

Any instructions present in the ransom note of the .ATLAS file virus should not be followed. You should NOT under any circumstance contact the cybercriminals. Nobody could give you a guarantee that your files will get restored if you pay the ransom. Besides, financially supporting cybercriminals is a bad idea. That may inspire the crooks to proceed with making ransomware viruses or get involved in more criminal acts.

.ATLAS File Virus – Encryption

The .ATLAS file virus ransomware will seek to encrypt files that have the following extensions:

→.pdf, .xls, .xlsx, .bmp, .doc, .docm, .docx, .html, .jpeg, .jpg, .mp3, .mp4, .php, .ppt, .pptx, .rar, .rtf, .sql, .tiff, .txt, .7z, .zip

More file extensions could be targeted as well. Every file that gets encrypted will receive the .ATLAS extension appended to each one of them. That extension is appended as a secondary one, leaving the original file name and extension of files intact. For instance, a file called “Work.doc will be renamed to Work.doc.ATLAS”. In the encryption process, a mixture of both the AES and RSA algorithms is being used.

The .ATLAS file virus cryptovirus is more than likely to erase the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system. That will surely make the encryption process more viable since it will eliminate one of the ways for file decryption. Continue reading an see what ways you can try out to potentially recover some of your data files.

.ATLAS File Virus – Removal and Restoration of Your Files

In case your computer got infected with the .ATLAS file virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as fast as possible before it can have the chance to spread deeper and infect more computer systems. You should remove this ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided down below.

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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.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove ATLAS from Windows.


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

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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 ATLAS 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 ATLAS 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 ATLAS 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 ATLAS 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 ATLAS.

Ransomware infections and ATLAS 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 ATLAS from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall ATLAS 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 ATLAS:

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 ATLAS. 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 ATLAS. 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 ATLAS 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 ATLAS. 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 ATLAS.

Ransomware infections and ATLAS 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.


ATLAS FAQ

What is ATLAS ransomware and how does it work?

ATLAS 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 ATLAS ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.ATLAS 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 ATLAS 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 .ATLAS files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like ATLAS 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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