This is an article that provides specific details on BARRACUDA ransomware infection as well as a step-by-step removal followed by alternative data recovery approaches.
BARRACUDA is a ransomware that belongs to Scarab threat family. It compromises computer systems in order to complete its primary purpose which is data encryption. In case of infection with this ransomware valuable data stored on your device remains inaccessible due to heavy modifications of its original code. Data could be recognized by the distinctive extension which it is renamed with – .BARRACUDA. As it gets clear from a ransom message BARRACUDA RECOVERY INFORMATION.TXT left by hackers, they demand a ransom payment for its decryption.
|Short Description||A data locker ransomware that plagues computer systems in order to encode target files and then demands a ransom payment.|
|Symptoms||Valuable files stored on the PC are encrypted and marked with the extension .BARRACUDA. A ransom note file appears on the screen to blacmail victims into paying a ransom for a decryption tool. Main system settings are compromised.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by BARRACUDA |
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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.|
BARRACUDA Ransomware – Distribution Techniques
BARRACUDA ransomware infection code is most likely distributed as part of spam email campaigns initiated by hackers. In order to scam you to trigger the ransomware on your PC, such emails often impersonate representatives of well-known organizations and institutions. As of the compromised components they contain they are usually file attachments and presented links. The messages of these emails could state that you need to review the content of the attached files respectively the web pages as soon as possible because the information they present is of great importance.
In order to accelerate the success of such campaigns, malicious intenders could also use a botnet that can take control of your PC and then use it to send spam to millions of Internet users.
The distribution of BARRACUDA may be performed also via various freeware available across the Web. Most of them seem helpful but along with their installation setup, you might have unnoticeably enabled the malicious code to plague your system. Such unwanted effects could be prevented with a scan of all newly downloaded files with a security tool. After the scan you could decide whether it is a good idea to open them or not at all. At our forum, you could find more safety tips that will help you to prevent infections with severe ransomware like BARRACUDA.
BARRACUDA Ransomware – Overview
Yet another ransomware was detected to belong to Scarab ransomware family. After several iterations of the same family among which are Scarab-Ukrain, Scarab-Red, and Scarab-Leen, this time hackers named the threat after the ferocious fish BARRACUDA.
This iteration of the threat again aims to encode predefined types of files in order that cyber criminals could blackmail victims into paying a ransom for a decryption tool. Before the encryption stage, however, BARRACUDA ransomware needs to perform several other corruption stages which provide for the smooth encryption process.
After it establishes all necessary malicious files, BARRACUDA is able to initiate various system modifications that support its invisibility on the system and help it to attain persistence. For the second purpose mentioned, the ransomware is likely to access the Registry Editor where various low-level settings for Windows operating system and installed apps are stored. Targeted by ransomware are often the sub-keys Run and RunOnce as they manage the automatic execution of all files essential for the regular system performance. By adding it malicious values under these keys BARRACUDA ransomware becomes able to automatically load its infection files on each system start. As a result, all files created before each OS shut down will get encrypted on its next load.
Once BARRACUDA implements all needed system modifications it triggers the encryption process. More about its specifics you could find in the next paragraph. And following encryption, the crypto virus drops specifically crafted ransom message to inform you about the presence of the infection, its impact over data and instruct you how hackers expect you to act further. This file is named BARRACUDA RECOVERY INFORMATION.TXT and the text in it reads:
YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED!
Your personal ID
Your documents, photos, databases, save games and other important data was encrypted.
Data recovery the necessary decryption tool. To get the decryption tool, should send an email to:
Mail us to; email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
Letter must include Your personal ID (see the beginning of this document).
In the proof we have decryption tool, you can send us 1 file for test decryption.
Next, you need to pay for the decryption tool.
In response letter You will receive the address of Bitcoin wallet which you need to perform the transfer of funds.
If you have no bitcoins
* Create Bitcoin purse: https://blockchain.info
* Buy Bitcoin in the convenient way
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– It doesn’t make sense to complain of us and to arrange a hysterics.
– Complaints having blocked e-mail, you deprive a possibility of the others, to decipher the computers.
Other people at whom computers are also ciphered you deprive of the ONLY hope to decipher. FOREVER.
– Just contact with us, we will stipulate conditions of interpretation of files and available payment,
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– When money transfer is confirmed, You will receive the decrypter file for Your computer.
* Do not attempt to remove a program or run the anti-virus tools
* Attempts to decrypt the files will lead to loss of Your data
* Decoders other users is incompatible with Your data, as each user unique encryption key
Here is how you could see it on the screen:
For data decryption hackers demand a ransom payment which however does not guarantee the recovery of your files. So be advised to review the removal guide at the end where you will find all details how to fix the problem by yourself.
BARRACUDA Ransomware – Encryption Process
As a part of the Scarab family, BARRACUDA ransomware is likely to use the strong AES cipher algorithm during file encryption process. This infection stage is implemented by an in-built module that at first scans all system drives to locate target types of files and then changes their code. At last the ransomware renames corrupted files with the specific .BARRACUDA extension which means that the information they store is no longer accessible. Among target files are believed to be:
- Audio files
- Video files
- Document files
- Image files
- Backup files
- Banking credentials, etc
Don’t get scammed to pay the ransom as there is no guarantee that this will help you to obtain a working decryption tool. Hackers could either skip messaging you or send you a broken tool. In order to overcome the problem we advise you to try all you can do by yourself. Some tested alternative data recovery solutions listed in the guide that follows may help you to restore a few to all of your .BARRACUDA files. The guide will also help you to remove all malicious files and objects from the infected system. The removal step will help you to clean in full your PC so that you can use it in a secure manner again. Good luck! And don’t forget that we are here to help. Write us in case that you have any further questions.
Remove BARRACUDA Ransomware and Restore .BARRACUDA Files
Below you could find how to remove BARRACUDA step by step. To remove the ransomware manually you need to have a bit of technical experience and ability to recognize traits of malware files. Beware that ransomware is a threat with highly complex code that plagues not only your files but your whole system. So as recommended by security researchers you need to utilize an advanced anti-malware tool for its complete removal. Such a tool will keep your system protected against devastating threats like the discussed ransomware and other kinds of malware that endanger your online security.
After you remove the ransomware make sure to check the “Restore Files” step listed in the guide below. But before you take any further actions, don’t forget to back up all encrypted files to an external drive in order to prevent their irreversible loss.