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.BlockBax v3.2 Files Virus – Remove and Restore Encrypted Files

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This article aims to help you remove the .BlockBax v3.2 ransomware virus from your computer and restore files that have been encrypted by this RotorCrypt variant without paying the ransom.

In case that your files have the extension ! ,–, Revert Access ,–, starbax@tutanota.com ,–,.BlockBax_v3.2 appended at their names and you cannot open them, your computer has been infected by RotorCrypt ransomware. The threat is designed to infiltrate computer systems in order to encrypt files that store important information so it can then blackmail victims into paying a ransom. After encryption RotorCrypt ransomware may drop a ransom note that provides information how the payment should be done. However, you shouldn’t pay the ransom but better remove the ransomware and try to restore .BlockBax v3.2 files with the help of alternative methods. Some of them you could find in the guide below.

Threat Summary

Name .BlockBax v3.2
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware virus encrypts files on your PC and drops a ransom note that demands payment for the decryption of .BlockBax v3.2 files.
Symptoms This ransomware encrypts important files and then renames them with the long extension ! ,–, Revert Access ,–, starbax@tutanota.com ,–,.BlockBax_v3.2. The access to encrypted files is restricted. A ransom payment is demanded.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable Files
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.BlockBax v3.2 Files Virus – Distribution

Hackers behind .BlockBax v3.2 files virus may utilize several ways of its distribution. The threat is most likely to invade computer systems via email messages with malicious components. Such emails are usually trying to trick you into activating the ransomware payload on your system. For the purpose the message urges you to click a provided web link or download an attached file.

Visiting a compromised web page may result in an unnoticed execution of .BlockBax v3.2 files virus directly on your PC. This way of distribution allows hackers to inject the ransomware payload into various web pages and then set them to download it each time a user land on them. Links to compromised web pages that deliver the new version of RotorCrypt ransomware may be spread on various social media channels and instant messaging services.

.BlockBax v3.2 Files Virus – Infection Flow

According to analyses conducted by security researchers, there is a new strain of RotorCrypt ransomware that has been released in attack campaigns against PC users worldwide. It is mainly associated with the long extension ! ,–, Revert Access ,–, starbax@tutanota.com ,–,.BlockBax_v3.2 that appears at the end of each corrupted file.

However, being a ransomware infection, RotorCrypt needs to plague the system at first. After it establishes its malicious files and objects on the infected system, RotorCrypt can perform a scan to locate all target files and encrypt them.

If your computer has been infected by the new RotorCrypt version, it is likely that the ransomware modified the values under some essential registry sub-keys like Run and RunOnce. As these keys control the programs that execute automatically at each Windows system load, RotorCrypt virus may add a value that will enable its malicious payload to start anytime you decide to use the infected PC. What’s more the ransomware virus may remain invisible on the system and bypass the installed anti-virus software by using advanced obfuscation techniques.

At the end of the attack, the so-called .BlockBax v3.2 files virus could drop a ransom note on the infected host. The message may appear automatically on the PC screen and is likely to blackmail you into transferring a ransom to hackers’ digital wallet. Don’t let hackers trick you into paying the ransom. There is no guarantee that they have a working solution for your encrypted files.

The good news is that previous RotorCrypt versions are decrypted successfully by malware researchers from Kaspersky. With their decryption tool Rakhni you could restore some .BlockBax v3.2 files. Find a download link in the guide below.

.BlockBax v3.2 Files Virus– Data Encryption

The main goal of .BlockBax v3.2 files virus is to locate all target types of files stored on the infected host in order to encrypt them with the help of strong cipher algorithm. At this point, a full list of extensions targeted by the last RotorCrypt strain lacks. Based on our previous research on RotorCrypt ransomware all files that have one of the following extensions may be encrypted:

→.csv, .doc, .ppt, .xls, .avi, .bak, .bmp, .dbf, .djvu, .docx, .exe, .flv, .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .mdb, .sql, .mdf, .odt, .pdf, .png, .pps, .pptm, .pptx, .psd, .rar, .raw, .tif, .txt, .vob, .xlsb, .xlsx, .zip

All of the encrypted files receive the extension ! ,–, Revert Access ,–, starbax@tutanota.com ,–,.BlockBax_v3.2 appended after their original names. As you can see the extension presents a contact email address used by hackers. Be advised to avoid any contacts with them as they may trick you into sending broken solution after payment. In addition, they may try to deliver yet another malware infection on your PC by using the functionalities of the existing threat.

Continue reading to check in what ways you could try to restore some of your data.

.BlockBax v3.2 Files Virus – Remove It and Restore Files

The step-by-step removal guide below provides both manual and automatic approaches. Beware that the removal of .BlockBax v3.2 crypto virus is not an easy task. It is a severe threat that plagues the whole system. Security researchers recommend the help of advanced anti-malware tool for maximum efficiency.

After you fulfill the removal process make sure to check the “Restore Files” step available in our guide below. But before that be advised to back up all encrypted files to an external drive and prevent their irreversible loss.

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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.

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  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .BlockBax v3.2 from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .BlockBax v3.2

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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 .BlockBax v3.2 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 .BlockBax v3.2 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 .BlockBax v3.2 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 .BlockBax v3.2 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 .BlockBax v3.2.

Ransomware infections and .BlockBax v3.2 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 .BlockBax v3.2 from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .BlockBax v3.2 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 .BlockBax v3.2:

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 .BlockBax v3.2. 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 .BlockBax v3.2. 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 .BlockBax v3.2 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 .BlockBax v3.2. 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 .BlockBax v3.2.

Ransomware infections and .BlockBax v3.2 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.


.BlockBax v3.2 FAQ

What is .BlockBax v3.2 ransomware and how does it work?

.BlockBax v3.2 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 .BlockBax v3.2 ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..BlockBax v3.2 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 .BlockBax v3.2 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 ..BlockBax v3.2 files?

You can't. At this point the ..BlockBax v3.2 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 ..BlockBax v3.2 files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by .BlockBax v3.2 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 "..BlockBax v3.2" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..BlockBax v3.2 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 .BlockBax v3.2 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 .BlockBax v3.2 ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..BlockBax v3.2 files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .BlockBax v3.2 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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