Blackout Ransomware Removal - Restore Files

Blackout Ransomware Removal – Restore Files

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This article will help you remove Blackout ransomware absolutely. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the bottom.

Blackout is the name of a newly-found ransomware cryptovirus. The ransomware is a variant of open-source ransomware and will encrypt your files. The Blackout virus displays a ransom note inside a text file called README_1183339_23654.txt with a demanded ransom to be paid in Bitcoin. Keep reading below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your files.

Threat Summary

TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and put up a ransom note inside a text file called README_1183339_23654.txt.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss Blackout.
Data Recovery ToolWindows 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.

Blackout Ransomware – Update May 2018

Right with the start of the month of May, a new sample of the Blackout ransomware has emerged. Malware researchers report that multiple security program engines detect the new sample and below you can see a screenshot with proof from the VirusTotal site:

The new version of the Blackout ransomware features changes in the ransom note. You can preview the new message down here:

The ransom note states the following:

Hello. All your files have been encryted!!

Your personal Id:


Download video decryption: https:/

To decrypt your files, write to email: or
In the letter, send your personal Id and 2 small encrypted files for trial decryption.

If you don’t get answer from or in 72 hours,
you need to install tor browser, you can download it here:
After installation, open the tor browser to website: http://6ksho3v2o34lsvi2.onion and follow the instructions.

Do not try restore files without our help, this is useless, and can destroy you data permanetly.
However, the files can be recovered even after the removal of our program and even after reinstalling the operating system.

If you try to load the TOR network page listed from the ransom note instructions, the following page will open:

Entering your Id will give you access to additional payment instructions, but it is not recommended to follow them.

Blackout Ransomware – Spread

Blackout ransomware could spread its infection with various methods. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your PC will become infected. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service right here:

Blackout ransomware 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. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware found in our forums.

Blackout Ransomware – Overview

Blackout is a virus that could encrypt your files and extort you to pay a ransom to get them back to normal. Inside its extensive ransom note it is stated that the ransomware is coded on open-source.

Blackout ransomware might make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows Operating System.

That ransom note is inside a file called README_1183339_23654.txt as seen below:

That note reads the following:

Your files have been encrypted ransomware!

Your personal Id:



Blackout ransomware is a free open source software.
The program is designed to test the protection of OS Windows against ransomware.
The developer of this software is not responsible for any damage caused by the program.
The program is experimental and the entire responsibility for use lies with the user.

To decrypt your files, you need the program blackout_decryptor.exe
If you do not have it, write to email: or
In the letter, send your personal id and two small encrypted files for trial decryption.

If you dont get answer from or in 72 hours,
you need to install tor browser, you can download it here:
After installation, open the tor browser to website:
Register on the site a new email address and write to us with his letter to our address:

NN: 506358115267996

The note of the Blackout ransomware states that your files are encrypted. No particular ransom sum is demanded as payment for potentially unlocking your files. Instead, you are asked to contact the cybercriminals through various outlets for the payment details. You should NOT under any circumstances pay anything. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could guarantee it. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses.

Blackout Ransomware – Encryption

Little is known about the encryption process of the Blackout ransomware. It will encrypt your files and maybe place an extension to all of them, after which it will create the above-mentioned ransom note with detailed instruction and want you to write to one of the following e-mail addresses:


Every single file will get encrypted with the AES encryption algorithm.

The Blackout 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

In case the command stated above is executed that would make the encryption process more efficient as it will eliminate one of the ways for restoring your data. If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially recover your data.

Remove Blackout Ransomware and Restore Files

If your computer got infected with the Blackout 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.


Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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