The .b00m virus is a 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 .b00m virus 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 .b00m 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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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
.b00m Virus – Distribution and Impact
The .b00m virus is a new variant of the CryptoJoker family of threats which is probably being sent by an experienced hacking collective. It has been reported in a global active campaign that targets primarily home users. At the moment most of the infections are confirmed to come from infected software installers — the criminals will take the original setup files of popular applications and insert in them the virus installation code. In this particular case the infections are caused by the launching of an executable file called installer.exe which doesn’t show for exactly which app the fake setup files are made. They can be of programs such as the following: creativity and productivity suites, office programs, system utilities and even hoax security solutions.
There are several main methods through which these files can be spread:
- Email Messages — The criminals can construct email messages that are designed to impersonate well-known services and companies and manipulate the users into interacting with the contents. They are usually stolen or forged.
- Phishing Sites — A similar approach is the creation of numerous hacker-controlled sites that appear to be parts of well-known companies. They are hosted on similar sounding domain names or accessed through URL shortening services. For example in this case the criminals can make sites that appear as download portals or official product download pages.
- File-Sharing Networks — The installers can be shared on peer-to-peer networks like BitTorrent which are very popular for spreading both legitimate and pirate data.
- Malware Browser Extensions — These are also called “hijackers” and are often uploaded to the repositories of the browsers.
As it copies down the typical ransomware features the .b00m virus will probably execute several malicious components before encrypting the user data. Depending on the local conditions or the hackers instructions this can range across different categories of system manipulation. A common
Such infections usually begin with the extraction of data from the compromised hosts. This can include personal information that can expose the identity of the victims and be used for related crimes. If any machine data is hijacked then an algorithm can automatically generate an unique profile ID for each compromised machine.
This information can then be surveyed and be used for a security bypass which will look for any installed applications or software that can detect and block the .b00m virus. When this has finished running various system changes can occur — the setup of the .b00m virus as a persistent threat for example. This is the stage of infection where its associated main engine will start every time the computer is started and also block access to certain boot options.
When in-depth changes are concerned in most cases ransomware also choose to impact the Windows Registry — new entries can be made or existing ones can be edited. Consequences can include loss of data, performance issues and errors.
When all components have finished running the actual file encryption will start. This is done by launching the strong cipher against user data of the popular file types: documents, archives, backups, multimedia files and etc. They will receive the .b00m extension
.b00m Virus – What Does It Do?
.b00m Virus could spread its infection in various ways. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the Internet. .b00m Virus 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.
.b00m Virus 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 .b00m Virus 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 .b00m Virus 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.
Remove .b00m Virus
If your computer system got infected with the .b00m 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.
How to Remove b00m Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove b00m Virus
Step 2: Uninstall b00m 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 b00m 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 b00m Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for b00m Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by b00m Virus.
Ransomware infections and b00m 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.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of b00m Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall b00m 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 b00m 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 b00m Virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as b00m Virus, 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 b00m Virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac b00m 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.