What is .bmn63 ransomware? .bmn63 ransomware is also known as .bmn63 virus and encrypts users’ files while asking for a ransom.
SIDENOTE: This post was originally published in April 2019. But we gave it an update in July 2019
The .bmn63 ransomware is a new sample release of a new malware family called Sodinokibi ransomware. According to the available information there is an ongoing wave of delivery campaigns using a variety of distribution methods.
The available code analysis reveals that the .bmn63 ransomware contains numerous dangerous components which are launched as soon as the infection is made. As soon as all components have finished in their prescribed order the actual file encryption operation will begin. Using a strong cipher sensitive user data will be processed according to the virus’s built-in instructions, usually a list of target file type extensions. The most common ones are to be encrypted: documents, music, videos, images, archives, backups and etc. All victim data is to be renamed with the .bmn63 extension. The associate ransomware note will be created in a file called bmn63-readme.txt. Take note that other similar strains of the same virus family may assign another extension. They may be randomly created extensions or assigned through a special algorithm.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer machine and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly restore them.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will blackmail the victims to pay them a decryption fee. Sensitive user data may be encrypted by the ransomware code.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows 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.|
.bmn63 Ransomware – Update July 2019
As this Sodinokibi virus can spawn numerous versions including the .bmn63 files virus has been found to be active in several attack campaigns. The hackers are sending in custom strains of the threat that once have infected the target computer have the ability to assign a custom extension. This means that several Sodinokibi virus iterations can be sent against the victims, each with their own custom configuration file.
What’s particularly worrying about this release is that every single derivative will create its own extension and possibly a ransomware note. One of the latest iterations have been spotted to be using a lockscreen instead of a ransomware note. This means that the victims will be unable to use their computers in the intended manner and only the use of a quality anti-spyware solution will help them recover their systems.
.bmn63 Ransomware — May 2019 Update
A new code code analysis of the threat captured in a recent attack campaign shows that the samples include an elaborate collection of dangerous modules. In order to hide the made changes to the system the main virus engine will suppress the errors and failures during the boot up procedures. This is often linked to boot modifications that start the virus engines as soon as the computer is powered on.
Access to certain operating system menus and options is also blocked — startup repair for example. This is done so in order to make it very hard to follow manual user removal guides. As part of the virus ransomware configuration it will also delete sensitive data, including volume snapshots and backups. Process lookup and hookups to the system will lead to the harvesting of the user interactions thereby making it possible to spy on the victims.
An advanced intrusion tactic used by the criminals is to delay the startup of the virus module after it has been deployed. This means that it will bypass the typical behavior scans employed by security software. Following the virus installation the threat will also read the system configuration and certain operating system variables in order to search for the presence of such security software: anti-virus programs, firewalls, sandbox environments and intrusion detection systems.
To make it more difficult the virus engine will modify the operating system settings in order to redirect the Internet traffic through a hacker-controlled server. This will enable the hackers to spy on the victim’s activities in real-time. This behavior effectively allows them to acquire vast information without resorting to the deployment of a dedicated Trojan malware on the local machine. Coupled with the extensive gathering of data this ransomware proves to be a very dangerous threat. As soon as an infection has been detected it should be removed as soon as possible to prevent any extensive damage to the compromised machines.
.bmn63 Ransomware – How Does It Infect?
It is very likely that several distribution mechanisms are being used with it. A very common method is the orchestration of email phishing messages which are sent in a SPAM-like manner that imitates the design and contents of legitimate and well-known companies and services. Any interaction with them can lead to to the relevant infection. A related mechanism is the creation of malicious web sites that are made in a similar way. They are hosted on similar sounding domain names that resemble the pages of search engines, download portals, landing pages and etc.
The virus infection code can also be found within payload carriers such as malware documents that can be of all popular formats: databases, spreadsheets, text documents and presentations. The built-in macros will launch the virus installation as soon as the users interact with them. The other popular carrier is the creation and distribution of application installers that are virus-infected copies of setup files for programs like utilities, productivity tools and creativity suites.
All of these files can also be spread via file sharing networks such as BitTorrent where all sorts of data is shared — both legitimate and pirate files. The virus installation may also be made via browser plugins which are malicious in nature, they are also called hijackers and they are spread on the relevant repositories. Usually this is done with fake user reviews and developer credentials in order to coerce as many victims as possible to download it.
.bmn63 Ransomware – What Does It Do?
The available code analysis reveals that the .bmn63 ransomware contains numerous dangerous components which are launched as soon as the infection is made. Coupled with the large-scale distribution campaign we anticipate that the criminal collective is experienced. One of the first actions that are undertaken by the criminals is to lead to serious system changes which includes a wide range of actions. It can list all running processes, create files and processes of its own and additionally modify operating system related data. The analyzed information can be scanned for the presence of any security software which can block the proper running of the
In order to facilitate a much more dangerous infection the virus engine can also renamed user data and delete or corrupt the automatic backups made by the operating system. Through interaction with the operating system services the ransomware may delete entries found within the Windows Registry and edit user preferences. Future versions can lead to other dangerous behavior such as the following:
- Persistent Infection — The .bmn63 ransomware can be set to automatically start as soon as the computer is launched. This will make it very difficult to interrupt the malware processes and also in many cases this will disable access to the relevant recovery processes. This will render many manual user removal guides non-working.
- Additional Malware Delivery — The ransomware can be used to deploy other threats to the system including Trojans, hijackers, miners and etc.
Any future releases can lead to the inclusion of further modules.
You should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that.
The .bmn63 Ransomware 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
If your computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore your files back to normal.
Remove .bmn63 Ransomware
If your computer system got infected with the .bmn63 Files 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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove .bmn63 Ransomware from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .bmn63 Ransomware from Mac OS X.
How to Remove .bmn63 Ransomware from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .bmn63 Ransomware
Step 2: Uninstall .bmn63 Ransomware 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .bmn63 Ransomware on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .bmn63 Ransomware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .bmn63 Ransomware with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .bmn63 Ransomware.
Ransomware infections and .bmn63 Ransomware 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.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of .bmn63 Ransomware from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .bmn63 Ransomware and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 .bmn63 Ransomware 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove .bmn63 Ransomware files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .bmn63 Ransomware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .bmn63 Ransomware on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .bmn63 Ransomware aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
.bmn63 Ransomware FAQ
What is .bmn63 Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?
.bmn63 Ransomware 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 .bmn63 Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?
.bmn63 Ransomware 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 .bmn63 Ransomware 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 ..bmn63 Ransomware files?
You can't. At this point the ..bmn63 Ransomware files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.
Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?
If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..bmn63 Ransomware files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by .bmn63 Ransomware 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 "..bmn63 Ransomware" files (Other Methods)?
We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..bmn63 Ransomware 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 .bmn63 Ransomware 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 .bmn63 Ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..bmn63 Ransomware files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like .bmn63 Ransomware 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?
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.