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BlackRouter Virus Removal – Restore .BlackRouter and .pay2me Files

BlackRouter virus is a malware strain that has been reported by the security community. It encrypts personal data with the .BlackRouter or .pay2me extensions and blackmails the victims into paying a ransom fee. Continue reading to learn how to remove the threat from infected computers.

Threat Summary

Name BlackRouter
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware encrypts sensitive information on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files with a strong encryption algorithm.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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BlackRouter Virus – Distribution Ways

Computer hackers are currently orchestrating an attack campaign carrying it as the primary payload.

One of the main strategies employed by criminals is the use of email messages. They are devised in a spam-like manner and contain social engineering schemes in order to coerce the targets into interacting with the malware element. There are two primary methods used by the hackers — they may either hyperlink the malware instances in the body contents or directly attach them to the messages. Email messages are also the main source of payloads that can lead to the BlackRouter virus infections. There are two types:

  • Documents — The hackers behind the BlackRouter virus can embed the code into different file types: documents, presentations or spreadsheets. As soon as they are opened a notification prompt is opened which asks the users to enable the scripts (macros). If this is done the virus is downloadede from a remote server and executed on the local machine.
  • Software Installers — This method relies on the combination of legitimate software installers with the BlackRouter virus code. The criminals typically choose popular applications such as system utilities, creativity solutions or even computer games.

One of the primary distribution ways associated with the strain has been found to be a remote desktop application called AnyDesk. This is legitimate software that is used widely used by system administrators. Using the malware tactics of embedding the virus code in the application installers. Once the application is installed the virus engine will run in the background. The malware runs under the name of the software which is used to mask its activity.

The dangerous files can also be distributed via browser hijackers. They represent dangerous web browser pluginst that have the primary task of redirecting the victim users to a hacker-controlled site. This is done by changing the default web browser settings (home page, new tabs page and search engine). After this is done the BlackRouter virus is delivered to the infected machines.

The criminals may also employ various web scripts that can be integrated into web contents such as pop-ups, banners, ads and etc. Through various affiliate networks and other such groups the BlackRouter virus can be delivered to legitimate sites as well.

BlackRouter Virus – In-Depth Analysis

The available source code analysis shows that the BlackRouter virus is a descendant of the Spartacus virus. It is very likely that one of the hackers behind it has created this new strain. The other explanation for the malware’s genesis is the possibility that the code has been bought on the underground hacker markets.

If its malware engine is made in a modular way it can be modified with each attack campaign. If configured so the attacks may begin with an information gathering component. It is able to harvest sensitive data about the infected computers which is usually categorized into two types:

  • Personal Data — It can directly expose the victims identity. The engine harvests strings such as the user’s name, address, phone number, location, interests, software preferences, passwords and account credentials.
  • Anonymous Metrics — The data consists primarily of hardware components information and certain values taken from the operating system.

The harvested data can be used by the stealth protection component if such is built-in. It scans the system for signatures of applications and services that can interfere with its execution. Examples include anti-virus products, sandbox environments and virtual machine hosts. In certain cases it can delete itself if it is unable to overcome the security measures.

After this part of the infection is complete the BlackRouter virus may continue with further system changes. One of the most common tactics is to modify the Windows Registry entries related to the operating system or user installed applications or services. This can result in the inability to start certain software or Windows functions. Overall performance is usually affected.

Other modifications may include the boot options. The made changes can make it impossible to boot into the recovery boot menu, especially if the virus has attained a persistent state of execution.

Follow-up modifications can initiate a network connection with the hacker-controlled servers. This can result in a Trojan-like behavior — the hackers can overtake control of the victim machines and spy on the activities in real-time. Such connections also make it possible to deploy additional threats to the machines.

BlackRouter Virus – Encryption Process

The ransomware engine is started once all previous components have finished execution. It uses a powerful cipher in order to encrypt a predefned list of target file types. An example list includes data of the following types:

  • Archives
  • Databases
  • Backups
  • Images
  • Music
  • Videos

All victim files are renamed with the BlackRouter or .pay2me extension. The ransomware note is crafted in a file called ReadME-BLackHeart.txt:

All your data has been locked us. You want to return? Contact to:
vahidkhazl23@qmail.com Your Personal key:
Vz**********************************************q==

It also institutes a lockscreen instance that reads the following:

Personal Key: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXx

Warning: Pleasae Don’t Restart or Shutdown Your PC, if do it Your Personal Files Permanently Crypted.

For Decrypt Your Personal Just Pay 200$ or 0.024 BTC. After Pay You Can send personal key to EMail: vahidkhaz123@gmail.com

BTC Transfer Address: XXXXXXXX

Remove BlackRouter Virus and Restore .encrypted Files

If your computer system got infected with the BlackRouter 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.

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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 BlackRouter from Windows.


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

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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 BlackRouter 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 BlackRouter 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 BlackRouter 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.

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Step 4: Scan for BlackRouter 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 BlackRouter.

Ransomware infections and BlackRouter 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 BlackRouter from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall BlackRouter 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 BlackRouter:

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 BlackRouter. 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 BlackRouter. 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 BlackRouter 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 BlackRouter. 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 BlackRouter.

Ransomware infections and BlackRouter 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.


BlackRouter FAQ

What is BlackRouter ransomware and how does it work?

BlackRouter 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 BlackRouter ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.BlackRouter 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 BlackRouter 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 .BlackRouter files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like BlackRouter 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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