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Blank Ransomware – How to Remove & Restore .blank Files

This article has been created in order to help you by explaining how to remove Blank Ransomware virus from your computer system and how to restore .blank encrypted files.

The Blank ransomware is a newly discovered virus that appears to be an original threat created by an unknown individual or group. It appends the .blank extension to the affected files and can modify essential system settings.

Threat Summary

Name Blank
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The main goal of the Blank Ransomware is to encrypt sensitive user files and extort the victims for a ransom fee payment.
Symptoms The LockMe ransomware component processes target files and renames them with the .blank extension.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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Blank Ransomware – Infection Process

The Blank ransomware can be distributed using different strategies. Depending on the specific attack campaign the hackers can utilize various mechanisms that can be customized in order to maximize the infection ratio. Usually the most popular way is to coordinate email spam messages that include social engineering elements. The hackers distribute these messages in order to convince the users into interacting with a malicious element that leads to the virus Blank ransomware infection.

The emails themselves can be contain file attachments that lead to the infections once they are executed. In certain situations they can be placed in archives protected by passwords, the required strings can be placed in the body contents. The hackers can also combine this with hyperlinks that link to offsite hosted instances. In the last few years two specific delivery mechanisms have become popular.

The first one involves the distribution of malware software installers that represent hacker-modified instances of popular software. They can be trial or free versions that are familiar to most computer users. The criminals download the legitimate files from the official vendor sites which are then modified to include the malware code. They are then attached or linked in the email messages. Another virus distribution mechanism relies on infected documents that can made in various types: rich text documents, spreadsheets and presentations. As soon as they are opened a notification prompt appears which asks the users to enable the built-in scripts. If this is done the malware infection is launched.

Browser hijackers can deliver the Blank ransomware as part of their behavior patterns. They represent malware browser plugins that seek to redirect the users to a hacker-controlled site. This is done by changing important settings of the most popular web browsers. Usually such threats are made compatible with Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge. Malware payloads can also be distributed on hacker-controlled sites and file sharing networks such as BitTorrent.

Blank Ransomware – Analysis and Activity

A security analysis was made on the captured Blank ransomware samples. According to the results this is an original threat that does not correspond to any of the famous malware families. No information is available about the hackers behind it as well — it may be a single criminal or a hacker collective.

As soon as the infection have been deployed the Blank ransomware malware engine is started. The analysts discovered that an information gathering module is started which starts to extract sensitive data about the computer users and the compromised system. The security experts usually classify the data into two main categories:

  • Personally-Identifiable Data — The computer criminals can use the harvested data to directly expose the victims identity. This includes data such as names, addresses, telephone numbers, preferences, account credentials and passwords.
  • Anonymous Data — This information consists mainly of data related to the operating system: version information, available hardware components and etc.

The Blank ransomware has been found to be particularly interested in the regional settings defined by the victims. This is used in order to select an appropriate version of the ransomware note. Advanced ransomware strains have been found to contain notes in different languages. By reviewing the selected language and region the virus can automatiaclly select the most approprite one.

Once the module has executed succesfully the Blank ransomware proceeds with system changes. They can modify the Windows Registry in order to cauese a persistent state of execution. As a consequence the users will find it impossible to remove the virus infection as the engine will automatically revert their changes. Registry modifications can cause certain applications to fail, as well as system services. The operating system boot loader configuration files can be changed in order to disable the recovery options.

In order to make data recovery difficult the code can remove the found Shadow Volume Copies. In such cases only the use of a professional data recovery utility can restore the affected data.

The virus has been found to use a modular framework that can be updated with additional components. A popular examle is the addition of a Trojan module which can allow the hacker operators to spy on the victims activities in real time as well as take over control of their machines.

Blank Ransomware – Encryption Process

Once all components have exexcuted correctly the ransomware component is launched. It uses a built-in list of target file type extensions. The captured samples are effective against the following:

.cfr .ytd .sngw .tst .skudef .clem .sims3pack .hbr .hkx .rgt .ggpk .ttarch2 .hogg .spv .bm2 .lua
.dff .save .rgssad .scm .aud .rxdata .mcmeta .bin .mpqe .rez .xbe .grle .bf .iwd .vpp_pc .scb .naz
.m2 .xpk .sabs .nfs13save .gro .emi .wad .15 .vfs .drs .taf .m4s .player .umv .sgm .ntl .esm .qvm
.arch00 .tir .bk .sabl .bin .opk .vfs0 .xp3 .tobj .rcf .sga .esf .rpack .DayD,rofile .qsv .gam .bndl
.u2car .psk .gob .1rf .1t, .iqm .i3c1 .acm .SC2Replay .xfbin .db0 .fsh .dsb .cry .osr .gcv .blk .4
.1zc .umod .w3x .mwm .crf .tad .pbn .14 .pp e .ydc .fmf .swe .nfsllsave .tgx .trf .atlas .20 .game
.rw .rvproj2 .sc1 .1sd .pkz .rim .bff .gct .9 .fpk .pk3 .osf .bns .cas .1f1 .rbz .sex .mrm .mca .hsv
.vpt .pff .i3chr .tor .01 .utx .kf .dzip .fxcb .modpak .ydr .frd .bmd .vpp .gcm .frw .baf .edf .w3g
.mtf .tf c .1pr .pk2 .cs2 .fps .osz .1nc .jpz .tinyid .ebm .i3exec .ert .sv4 .cbf .oppc .enc .rmv
.mta .otd .pk7 .gm .cdp .cmg .ubi .hpk .plr . mis .ids .replay_last_battle .z2f .map .ut4mod .dm_l
.p3d .tre .package .streamed .12r .xbf .wep .evd .dxt .bba, .profile .vmt .rpf .0 cs .lab .cow .ibf
.tew .bix .uhtm .txd .jam .ugd .13 .dc6 .vdk .bar .cvm .wso .xxx .zar .anm .6 .ant .ctp .sv5 .dnf
.he0 .mve .emz .e4 mod .gxt .bag .arz .tbi .itp .i3animpack .vtf .afl .ncs .gaf .ccw .tsr .bank .lec
.pk4 .psv .los .civ5save .r1v .nh .sco .ims .epc .rg m .res .wld .sve .db1 .dazip .vcm .rvm .eur
.me2headmorph .azp .ags .12 .slh .cha .wowsreplay .dor .ibi .bnd .zse .ddsx .mcworld .intr .vdf .mtr
.addr .blp .mlx .d2i .21 .tlk .gml .n2pk .ekx .tas .rav .ttg .spawn .osu .oac .bod .dcz .mgx .wowpreplay
.fuk .kto .fda .vo b .ahc .rrs .ala .mao .udk .jit .25 .swar .nav .bot .jdf .32 .mul .sz.s .gax .xmg .udm
.zdk .dcc .blb .wxd .isb .pt2 .utc .card .lug .3 Q3SaveGame .osk .nut .unity .cme .elu .db7 .hlk .ds1 .wx
.bsm .13z .itm .clz .zfs .3do .pac .dbi .alo .gla .yrm .fomod .ees .erp .d1 . bmd .pud, .ibt .24 .wai .slaw
.opq, .gtf .bnt .ngn .tit .wf .bnk .ttz .nif .ghb .1a0 .bun .11 .icd .z3 .djs .mog .2da .imc .sgh .db9 .4 2
.vis .whd .pcc .43 .1dw .age3yrec .pcpack .ddt .cok .xcr .bsp .yaf .swd .tfil .1sd .blorb .unr .mob .fos
.cem .material .1fd .hmi .m d4 .dog .256 .eix .00b .cpx .cdata .hak .phz .stormreplay .1rn .spidersolitairesave-ms
.anm .til .1ta .sims2pack .md2 .pkx .sns .pat .tcif .cm .mine .rbn .uc .asg .raf .myp .mys .tex .cpn .model .sfar .fbrb
.sav2 .1mg .tbc .xpd .bundledmesh .bmg .18, .gsc .shader_bundle .dr1 .world .rwd .rwv .rda .3g2 .3gp .asf .asx .avi .flv
.ai .m2ts .mkv .mo v .mp4 .mpg .mpeg .mpeg4 .rm .swf .vob .wmv .doc .docx .pdf .rar .jpg .jpeg .png .tiff .zip .7z .dif.z
.tar.gz .tar .mp3 .sh .c .cpp . h .mov .gif .txt .py .pyc .jar .csv .psd, .wav .ogg .wma .aif .mpa .wp1 .arj .deb .pkg .db
.dbf .sav .xml .html .aiml .apk .bat .bin . cgi .pl .com .wsf .bmp .bmp .gif .tif .tiff .htm .js .jsp, .php .xhtml .cfm .rss
.key .odp .pps .ppt .pptx .class .cd .java .swift .vb .ods .x1r .xls .xlsx .dot .docm .dotx .dotm .wpd .wps .rtf .sdw .sgl
.vor .uot .uof .jtd .jtt .hwp .602 .pdb .psw .xlw .xlt .xlsm .xl tx .xltm .xlsb .wk1 .wks .123 .sdc .slk .px1 .wb2 .pot .pptm
.potx .potm .sda .sdd .sdp .cgm .wotreplay .rofl .pak .big .bik .xtbl .un ity3d .capx .ttarch .iwi .rgss3a .gblorb .xwm .j2e .mpk
.xex .tiger .1bf .cab .rx3 .epk .vol .asset .forge .1ng .sii .litemod .vef .da t .papa .psark .ydk .mpq .wtf .bsa .re4 Ads .ff
.yrp .pck .t3 .1tx .uasset .bikey .patch .upk .uax .mdl .1v1 .qst .ddv .pta

All processed files are renamed with the .blank extension. A ransomware note is created in an image file that reads the following:

YOU HAVE BEEN INFECTED WITH BLANK RANSOMWARE

Your important files, documents, videos, pictures etc. have been encrypted. In order to decrypt them click a magic button. This ransomware was made for fun and it won’t want you to pay for files.

Have fun decrypting your files!

How to Remove Blank Ransomware and Restore .blank Encrypted Files

In order to make sure that this malware is permanently gone from your computer, you should follow the manual or automatic removal instructions down below. If you have the experience in removing ransomware manually, we advise you to focus on the first 2 steps from the manual removal and to look for the registry files which we have explained in the analysis part above. Otherwise, if you want a more automatic and faster solution and lack the expertise in malware removal, we urge you to download an advanced anti-malware program, which aims to automatically perform the removal operation of Blank ransomware and secures your computer against future infections in real-time.

If you want to restore files that have been encrypted by this ransomware infection, we advise you to try out the alternative tools for file recovery down below in step “2. Restore files encrypted by .blank Files Virus”. They may not guarantee fully that you will recover all of the files, but if you haven’t reinstalled your OS already, there is a good chance that you might just restore them.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Blank from Windows.


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

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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 Blank 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 Blank 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 Blank 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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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 Blank 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Blank.

Ransomware infections and Blank 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 Blank from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Blank 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 Blank:

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 Blank. 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 Blank. 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 Blank 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 Blank. 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 Blank.

Ransomware infections and Blank 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.


Blank FAQ

What is Blank ransomware and how does it work?

Blank 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 Blank ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Blank 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 Blank 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 .Blank files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Blank 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.

How to Report Ransomware to Authorities?

In case your computer got infected with a ransomware infection, you can report it to the local Police departments. It can help authorities worldwide track and determine the perpetrators behind the virus that has infected your computer. Below, we have prepared a list with government websites, where you can file a report in case you are a victim of a cybercrime:

Cyber-security authorities, responsible for handling ransomware attack reports in different regions all over the world:

Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.

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