Even though it is the summer of 2017 and most people are on a vacation, there is no break for cyber-crime. The latest iteration of ransomware viruses, named Bam! Ransomware has been discovered and it aims to encrypt the files on the computers that have been attacked by it and then add the .bam! file extension after their names. The virus then generates a custom lock-screen type of wallpaper which it changes after the encryption process has completed. The user is given a one-day deadline to pay the ransom via a special crypto-code and contact email@example.com. If you are one of the victims of the Bam! Ransomware virus, we recommend that you read this article thoroughly.
|Short Description||Encrypts the files on the computer system, compromised by it and changes the wallpaper, demanding a ransom payoff made via the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Symptoms||Files are encrypted and cannot be opened afterwards. The wallpaper of the infected computer is changed to a wallpaper of the virus with a 24-hour countdown clock.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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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.|
Bam! Ransomware – How Does It Infect
The infection process of Bam! Ransomware virus begins with a simple click by the victim. This click can be on a file that is uploaded online, such as:
- Fake installers of a program you may have sought for to download for free (media player, torrent downloader client, etc.)
- Fake license activators or key generators that instead of activating a program, cause the infection.
In addition to this, the ransomware virus may be spread via what is known as malspam or malicious e-mail spam. Such messages are often sent to victims under the pretext they are an important invoice, receipt from the bank or notification of suspicious bank activity. These e-mails may contain either an e-mail attachment that is actually the infection file, for example:
Bam! Ransomware – Analysis
Once the user has been infected with this ransomware virus, it may connect to a third-party command and control server and download the malicious files of the virus. The files may be under different names and be located in the following Windows Folders:
After the malicious files have been dropped, the virus aims to interfere with the Windows processes, by injecting malicious code within them. This results in the ransomware being granted administrative permissions. These permissions allow it to encrypt files, interfere with the Windows registry editor and type commands in the Windows command prompt. The commands which it may insert are to delete the backups on your computer and disable system recovery:
- Recovery enabled
After entering those commands, the virus also changes the wallpaper of the infected computer to the following image:
Text from the image:
„YOUR COMPUTER AND FILES ARE ENCRYPTED
Encryption was made with a special crypto-code!
There are NO CHANCE to decrypt it without our special software and your unique private key!
To buy software. You need to contact us by Email:
.bam! File Virus – Encryption Process
When the .bam! file ransomware attacks your computer, you will know it. The virus uses it’s own file extension which It adds after the files have been encrypted by it. They begin to look like the following example:
The .bam! file virus aims to attack only specific files on the infected computer, more importantly:
- Audio files.
- Virtual Drives.
After the encryption process is complete, victims are given a time span of 24 hours to pay the ransom, otherwise, the note threatens to destroy the files.
Remove Bam! Ransomware and Restore .bam! Files
In order to successfully remove this ransomware virus, we advise you to focus on removing the infection by using the instructions below. However, since .bam! ransomware may tamper with important Windows files, the virus may break your OS if you delete it manually. This is why, for a safe removal , we advise using a ransomware-specific removal tool which will make sure the removal process is safe.
The .bam! ransomware virus encrypts files by generating a unique key which is only known to the cyber-crooks. But do not worry because there is a way around it. This way is via alternative tools, like the ones we offered in step “2. Restore files encrypted by Bam! Ransomware” below. They are no 100% guarantee you will manage to recover all the files, but with their aid you may restore at least some of them.