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Remove Blood Jaws Ransomware and Restore Files

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This article provides information about Blood Jaws as well as instructions on how to remove it completely from the system.

Blood Jaws ransomware is ransomware created and released by Virus Express. It appears to behave like an educational ransomware that aims to demonstrate you the devastating consequences of a real ransomware attack. For now files encrypted by Blood Jaws could be decrypted for free. However, it may not take long until hackers obtain the source code of the threat and implement modifications in order to start blackmailing victims into paying a ransom for encrypted data. In case that this ransomware has somehow gained access to your PC, you need to remove all files and objects associated with it as soon as possible.

Threat Summary

Name Blood Jaws
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description A data locker ransomware that utilizes strond cihper algorithm to encrypt files on stored on the infected computer. For now decryption solution is available for free.
Symptoms The information stored by corrupted files remains inaccessible until their code is restored to its normal state. A ransom note provides more infromation about the infection.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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Blood Jaws Ransomware – Distribution

The infection process with this Blood Jaws ransomware version begins after the execution of its payload on the system. For the distribution of this malicious payload, hackers bet on various shady techniques. All of the implemented spread techniques are designed to trick you into opening the payload on your PC.

One of the most preferred ways for ransomware distribution is through email spam messages. Bad actors spoof the email address and sender hoping that you will follow the instructions they provide in the text message. So often emails carriers of ransomware and other malware infections present the names of representatives of legitimate services like your favorite website or your internet provider, any logistics company, your bank or even any governmental institution. Their text messages usually are designed in a way that provokes sense of urgency so that you are more likely to interact with the corrupted elements immediately. As for these elements, they could be either attached files of various types (Microsoft Office files, PDFs, images, etc.) or clickable in-text links. A single interaction with any of the provided compromised elements results in automatic download of the ransomware to your system.

When the malware code is obfuscated in another seemingly secure file you start the infection process when you open the file on your machine. In case that the email presents only a clickable link this link could be set to land you on a compromised web page that by the help of malicious scripts could download the ransomware code directly on the device.

For the sake of your security, before you open a dubious file on your PC you could use a free online file extractor to check the security level of the file. Tools of this kind scan the code of each uploaded file for specific malicious traits. After, the scan you could see whether the uploaded file contains malicious elements or not. The information could help you to refrain from opening corrupted files on your PC.

Blood Jaws Ransomware – Overview

Blood Jaws is a ransomware that uses the sophisticated AES cipher algorithm to encrypt important files and leave them out of order. Unlike the majority of the threats of this kind, Blood Jaws does not append a specific file extension to corrupted files. So they could only be recognized when you attempt to view the content they store. Once encrypted a file remains broken until an efficient decryption solution reverts back their original code.

For now Blood Jaws seems to be harmless due to the fact that along with all infectious files its installer drops a file called bloodjaws.exe that is considered to work as a decryption solution. However, the creators of the threat may change their initial opinion and start to blackmail victims into paying a ransom for the decryption solution. Furthermore, some malicious intenders could obtain the source code of threat and then change the free decryption option to a paid one.

It is also possible that Blood Jaws has crappy code that is able damage target files but unable to generate working decryption key. As regards files targeted by the ransomware, the list may include documents, images, photos, videos, text files, archives, backups, and other.

Following encryption, this crypto virus drops a ransom note file to inform victims about its presence and impact. The note displays the following message:

Your personal files have been encrypted.
All images, videos, music, documents and executables on this PC have been encrypted by Blood Jaws ransomware.
To decrypt your files, locate and run the Blood Jaws decryption program. It is called ‘bloodjaws.exe’. Decryption is free.
Do not delete the Blood Jaws Decryption program if you want to be able to decrypt your computer.
Uninstall your antiviruses as they may try to uninstall the Blood Jaws Decryption program which is your only way of saving your PC.

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Another message is contained in a file named readme.txt and all it reads is:

Blood Jaws ransomware
Blood Jaws is ransomware!
Run at your own risk. Run ‘runme.exe’ if you really want to kill your PC.
I am not responsible for any damage done.
Tested on Windows 10 (64)
Virus made by Virus Express.
Encryption Used:
AES 256 Bit Encryption used with the password: bloodjawsencryptionl23!@:

bloodjaws ransomware ransom note

Remove Blood Jaws Ransomware and Restore Files

The removal of Blood Jaws ransomware demands a bit of technical experience and ability to recognize traits of malware files. And there is no doubt that you should remove this nasty threat from the infected PC as soon as you detect it. Otherwise, it has the chance to spread its infection files among the whole network. Below you could find how to remove it step by step. Beware that ransomware has highly complex code that could plague not only your files but your whole system. So as recommended by security researchers you need to utilize an advanced anti-malware tool for its complete removal. Such tool will keep your system protected against devastating threats like Blood Jaws and other kinds of malware that endanger your online security.

In case that you look for alternative methods to restore corrupted files make sure to check the “Restore Files” step listed in the guide below. But before you take any further actions, don’t forget to back up all encrypted files to an external drive in order to prevent their irreversible loss.

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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:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • 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 Blood Jaws from Windows.


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

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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 Blood Jaws 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 Blood Jaws 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 Blood Jaws 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 Blood Jaws 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 Blood Jaws.

Ransomware infections and Blood Jaws 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 Blood Jaws from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Blood Jaws 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 Blood Jaws:

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 Blood Jaws. 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 Blood Jaws. 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 Blood Jaws 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 Blood Jaws. 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 Blood Jaws.

Ransomware infections and Blood Jaws 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.


Blood Jaws FAQ

What is Blood Jaws ransomware and how does it work?

Blood Jaws 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 Blood Jaws ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Blood Jaws 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 Blood Jaws 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 .Blood Jaws files?

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

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

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Blood Jaws 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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