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Basilisque Files Virus – How to Remove

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What is Basilisque Locker? Basilisque files virus is also known as Basilisque Locker ransomware which encrypts files and demands a ransom.

Basilisque Locker or otherwise known as Basilisque files virus is ransomware. It encrypts files by appending the .basilisque extension to them, making them inaccessible. All encrypted files will receive the new extension as a secondary one. Another extension will be added before it that is generated on a random principle. The Basilisque ransomware drops a ransom note, which gives instructions to victims on how they can allegedly restore their data.

Threat Summary

Name Basilisque Locker
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
Symptoms The Basilisque ransomware will encrypt your files by placing the new .basilisque extension as a secondary.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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Basilisque Files Virus – How Did It Infect My PC and What Happened?

Basilisque Files Virus might spread its infection via a payload dropper, which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware. The 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.

Basilisque Locker or better known as the Basilisque Files Virus is ransomware that encrypts your files and shows ransomware instructions inside a ransom note called HOW_TO_DECRYPT.txt:

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Beside the instructions you can see in the above image, there is a note that states the following:

What happened to your files ?
All of your files were protected by a strong encryption with AES cbc-128 using Basilisque Locker!
What does this mean ?
This means that the structure and data within your files have been irrevocably changed,
you will not be able to work with them, read them or see them,
it is the same thing as losing them forever, but with our help, you can restore them.
The encryption key and ID are unique to your computer, so you are guaranteed to be able to return your files.
Your unique id: 37c3b87fb83c71471559d3ff73b72***
Date of encrypt: Sunday, June 16, 2019 5:29:31 PM UTC
What do I do ?
You can buy decryptor from us!
How much is it?
In first 24 hours after encryption – 100$
In three days – 150$
In 12 days – 250$
After(if it is still possible*) – 500$
But if you want to decrypt few files as a test check the price will be increased by $ 25 for every single file. (This is described in more detail below in FAQ p.3)
*We can delete keys as time passes.
How to buy?
1. First buy the bitcoins for the right amount. How to do this is written below.
2. Contact us by email usernamus@protonmail.com . Specify your ID in the subject.
3. You will get bitcoin wallet to pay.
4. Send bitcoins to wallet address from email(how to buy bitcoins read below in FAQ p.4)
5. When you pay, write to us again(don’t forget to enter your ID in the subject of letter if you start new conversation)
6. You will get decryptor and instructions for it after you payment get 1 confirmation on blockchain
(this usually takes about 1 hour, but sometimes(rarely) it can take up to 24 hours).
7. If you don’t get reply in 24 hours after you get payment or after 4 hours after you payment get confirmation or after 4 hours after first message(wallet ask) please contact us one of different ways listed in FAQ(2 part).
FAQ:
1.How much time do I have to pay for decryption?
You have 12 days to pay after you files was encrypted. Maybe after that you can also buy the decryptor, but maybe not, cause keys could be deleted after some time since the end of the term.
But remember – The faster you pay, the cheaper it will be.
The number of bitcoins for payment you can calc here https://www.coingecko.com/en/coins/bitcoin
Keep in mind that some exchangers delay payment for 1-3 days!** Also keep in mind that Bitcoin is a very volatile currency, its rate can change very quickly. Therefore, we recommend that you make payment within a few hours.
But if you are mistaken for a couple of dollars – no big deal.
**In that case you can ask for discount(If exchanger caused a delay in payment.). For this you need to write to us immediately after you have learned about it and provide screenshots confirming your exchange
2.How to contact you?
a) Main contact is email – basilisque@protonmail.com . (Backup option: basilisque@secmail.pro )
b) Second contact is bitmessage ( https://bitmessage.org/wiki/Main_Page ) – BM-NBaT69FJpQ2V8FVskyw7RdJ5FPvnRtcZ
Email is fastest, but bitmessage is the most reliable.
If you not get answer after 4 hours after first message(wallet ask) please use another contact. This may be cause email is dead. But we are sure that nothing will happen with bitmessage and you can get an answer there anyway.
3.What are the guarantees that I can decrypt my files after paying the ransom?
We can decrypt some test files for you if you don’t believe us.
But it will raise the amount of ransom by $25 for every decrypted file and maximum time to pay will be decreased from 12 to 3 days. If you don’t pay in 3 days, than you ransom will be increased to 500$ or keys will be deleted.
Important! The size of each file must be less than 5mb.
You will get uncrypted files back in few hours.
After this procedure you can make sure that we can decrypt all your files after paying the ransom.
We have no reason to deceive you after receiving the ransom, since we are not barbarians and moreover it will harm our business.
A few examples:
a)You paying in first 24 hours(100$) after encryption and don’t want decrypt test files = 100$
b)You paying on 2nd(150$) day after ecryption and want to decrypt 1 test file(25$) = 175$
c)You paying on 4th(250$) day after encryption and want to decrypt 2 test file(25$*2) = 300$
d)You paying on 13th(500$) day after encryption(if it possible) and want to decrypt 3 test files(25$*3) = 575$
4.How do I pay the ransom?
After decrypting the test files, you will see the amount of payment in bitcoins and a bitcoin wallet for payment.
Depending on your location, you can pay the ransom in different ways.
Here are some links:
https://localbitcoins.net – buy bitcoins in most countries with huge number of ways.
https://buy.blockexplorer.com – payment by bank card
https://www.buybitcoinworldwide.com – links for exhcanges in other countries.
https://paxful.com – like localbitcoins.
In many countries there are Bitcoins ATM where you can buy bitcoins by cash in few minutes. Other good way is buy amazon card and exchange it for bitcoins. If you encounter difficulties write to us, we can suggest options. But we have no other payment methods except bitcoins.
Also you can use Google to find information on how to buy bitcoins in your country or use the help of more experienced friends.
5.How can I decrypt my files?
After confirmation of payment (it usually takes 1 hours, maximum 24 hours) you will get letter with decryptor and instructions for it.
WARNING!
Using third-party solutions can permanently destroy your files.
And the use of someone else’s decryptor will destroy them with a probability of 100 percent.
About Bitcoins:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin

You should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum.

The extortionists want you to pay a ransom for the alleged restoration of your files, same as with a lot of ransomware viruses. Basilisque Files Virus ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows system. All encrypted will receive the .basilisque@protonmail_com extension alongside a random generated one. That extension will be placed as a secondary one to each file and look something like Basilisque. Audio, video, image files as well as documents, backups and banking data can be encrypted by the ransomware.

The Basilisque Files Virus 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 Basilisque Files Virus

If your computer got infected with the Basilisque 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.

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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:

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  • 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 Basilisque Locker from Windows.


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

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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 Basilisque Locker 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 Basilisque Locker 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 Basilisque Locker 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 Basilisque Locker 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 Basilisque Locker.

Ransomware infections and Basilisque Locker 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 Basilisque Locker from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Basilisque Locker 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 Basilisque Locker:

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 Basilisque Locker. 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 Basilisque Locker. 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 Basilisque Locker 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 Basilisque Locker. 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 Basilisque Locker.

Ransomware infections and Basilisque Locker 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.


Basilisque Locker FAQ

What is Basilisque Locker ransomware and how does it work?

Basilisque Locker 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 Basilisque Locker ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Basilisque Locker 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 Basilisque Locker 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 .Basilisque Locker files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Basilisque Locker 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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