.b29 Files Virus (Paradise) – Remove It and Restore Data
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.b29 Files Virus (Paradise) – Remove It and Restore Data

This article has been created with the purpose to explain to you what is the .b29 files virus and how to remove it from your computer and try restoring files, encrypted by it.

A new version of the previously detected Paradise ransomware has been released. The virus now uses the .b29 file extension and It also appends base64 in XML to the end of the encrypted files with a number in it. In addition to this, the ransomware virus also drops a #DECRYPT MY FILES#.html ransom note which asks victims to contact the crooks via their e-mail yourencypter@protonmail.com and likely pay hefty ransom in order to ge the encrypted files recovered back to their normal, working state. If your computer has been infected by this version of Paradise Ransomware, we advise that you read this article thorughly as it aims to help you remove it and try restoring .b29 encrypted files.

Threat Summary

NameParadise .b29 Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionAimed at encrypting the files on the computers infected by it.
SymptomsThe .b29 file extension is added to the victim’s computer. A ransom note, called
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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Paradise .b29 Ransomware – How Does It Infect

The primary method of infection that is used In association with Paradise ransomware is believed to be conducted via spammed e-mail messages, whose primary purpose is to get victims to download and run the malicious files of Paradise ransomware. These e-mails may pose as legitimate type of messages, like the following:

The e-mails often carry e-mail attachments that only seem like they are important documents. In reality however, these types of files are either malicious .exe files or may infect your computer with the aid of malicious macros by pretending to be legitimate Microsoft Word or PDF files.

Besides via e-mail, the Paradise ransomware virus may also infect your computer as a result of pretending to be a legitimate file that you may have downloaded as a result of looking for it for free online. In this category of files, very often the following types of programs are imitated by hackers:

  • Setups of programs.
  • Online game patches.
  • Online cracks.
  • Software license activators.

Paradise Ransomware – More Information

Once installed on the victim’s computer, the Paradise ransomware virus may begin to perform various types of unwanted activities. These activities may begin with the ransomware virus dropping it’s malicious payload on the victim’s computer. The payload of the malware may consist of more than one file and the malicious files could reside in the following Windows directories:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%
  • %Roaming%

Among the files dropped is a #DECRYPT MY FILES#.html ransom note which may have a ransom message that is very similar to the previous variant of Paradise ransomware below:

[WHAT HAPPENED] Your important files produced on this computer have been encrypted due a security problem
If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail: info@decrypt.ws
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us.
After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.

[FREE DECRYPTION AS GUARANTEE] Before paying you can send to us up to 3 files for free decryption.
Please note that files must NOT contain valuable information and their total size must be less than 1Mb
[HOW TO OBTAIN BITCOINS] The easiest way to buy bitcoin is LocalBitcoins site.
You have to register, click Buy bitcoins and select the seller by payment method and price
https://localbitcoins.com/buy_bitcoins

[ATTENTION] Do not rename encrypted files
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss
If you not write on e-mail in 36 hours – your key has been deleted and you cant decrypt your files

Besides the ransom note, the .b29 version of Paradise ransomware may also set custom registry entries in the Windows Registry Editor of the affected computer. These types of registry entries may be set in the Run and RunOnce registry sub-keys so that the virus file of Paradise ransomware runs automatically on Windows boot:

→ 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

Furthermore, the .b29 variant of Paradise ransomware is also created to perform other activities on the victim’s computer, such as delete the backed up files. These are basically Windows’s shadow volume copies which may be deleted if the ransomware executes the following command as an administrator on the victim PC:

→ vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

.b29 Paradise Ransomware – Encryption Process

In order to encrypt the files on the computer infected by it, the .b29 variant of Paradise ransomware may first scan for the files it wants to encrypt. The ransomware virus looks for the files that are used often and it may exclude scanning for files in the system directories of Windows. The files that may be encrypted by Paradise ransomware are likely of the following types:

  • Images.
  • Videos.
  • Audio files.
  • Archives.
  • Virtual Drives.
  • Documents.

As soon as the files are detected, Paradise ransomware encrypts them and modifies their core structure on copies of these files, while the virus may delete the original files. The encrypted copies may appear like the image below shows:

Remove Paradise Ransomware and Restore .b29 Encrypted Files

In case your computer has been infected by the .b29 variant of Paradise ransomware, we recommend that you read the removal instructions below. They have been divided in manual and automatic removal instructions so that they can help you to remove this ransomware virus either manually or automatically from your computer. If manual removal is not something you feel comfortable in doing, we recommend that you remove .b29 Paradise ransomware automatically, prefferably by downloading and installing an advanced anti-malware software, as security experts suggest is the best way of removing this threat.

If your files have been encrypted by this version of Paradise ransomware, we recommend that you check out the alternative methods for file recover in step “2. Restore files, encrypted by Paradise .b29 Virus” below. They are not a 100% guarantee that you will be able to restore all of your encrypted files, but with their aid you might be able to recover most of the files.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Paradise .b29 Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Paradise .b29 Virus

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 Paradise .b29 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. 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 Paradise .b29 Virus 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 Paradise .b29 Virus 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.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Paradise .b29 Virus 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Paradise .b29 Virus.

Ransomware infections and Paradise .b29 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.

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

If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:

and

2. On the download page, click on the "Download" button:

3. Click on "Save File" button:

4. Accept all agreements and click "Next":

5. After all the "Next" steps, click on "Install" and then wait for the installation to complete:

6. Run the software. Click on the location to scan for missing or deleted files and click on "Scan":

7. Wait for the scan to complete, it may take some time. Be advised that this scan is not 100% guaranteed to recover all files, but it does have some chance to get your data back:


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Paradise .b29 Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Paradise .b29 Virus and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 Paradise .b29 Virus:

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 Paradise .b29 Virus. 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 Paradise .b29 Virus. 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 Paradise .b29 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:

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 Paradise .b29 Virus. 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.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Paradise .b29 Virus files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Paradise .b29 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 Paradise .b29 Virus on your Mac.

Ransomware for Mac Paradise .b29 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.

1. Download the recommended Data Recovery Mac app by clicking on the link underneath:


Paradise .b29 Virus FAQ

What is Paradise .b29 Virus ransomware and how does it work?

Paradise .b29 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 Paradise .b29 Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Paradise .b29 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 Paradise .b29 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 .Paradise .b29 Virus files?

You can't. At this point the .Paradise .b29 Virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Paradise .b29 Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Paradise .b29 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 ".Paradise .b29 Virus" files (Other Methods)?

We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Paradise .b29 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 Paradise .b29 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 Paradise .b29 Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Paradise .b29 Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Paradise .b29 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?

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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