This article will help you remove BTCamant ransomware in full. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.
BTCamant ransomware is a cryptovirus which is a variant of Radamant, according to researchers. All of your files will become encrypted and get the extension .BTC appended to them after the encryption process is finished. Next, the BTCamant ransomware will display a ransom note in a directory with encrypted files. Read on to see how you could try to restore some of your files.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer and puts a ransom note afterward in a directory with encrypted files.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will encrypt your files and append the .BTC extension on each one of those files when the encryption is set and done.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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BTCamant Ransomware – Distribution
BTCamant ransomware might be distributed by using various methods. The payload file which executes the malicious script for the ransomware that ends up infecting your computer machine has been seen in the wild. You could preview how many detections it has from the screenshot down here, taken from the VirusTotal service:
The BTCamant ransomware can also be using social media sites and file-share networks for further distributing that payload file. Programs which are freeware could be advertised on the Internet as useful, but also might hide the malicious script of this cryptovirus. Refrain from immediately opening files when you have downloaded them. Even more so, if they are from suspicious links, emails and other sources. Instead, you should commence a scan of the files. Run some security application and scan them, while also checking for anything unusual about their size or signatures. You might want to give a read to the ransomware prevention tips topic that is in the designated forum section.
BTCamant Ransomware – Description
The BTCamant ransomware is a cryptovirus. A recent sample of the ransomware was discovered by the malware researcher Karsten Hahn. He and more researchers state that the virus is a variant of the Radamant ransomware.
BTCamant ransomware can make Windows Registry entry for achieving a higher level of persistence. Those registry entries are designed in such a way to launch the cryptovirus automatically with every single start of the Windows operating system.
The ransom note will be put inside a directory with encrypted files once that encryption process is complete. The note with the demands of the cybercriminals, such as the ransom price, and other instructions or demands for decrypting your files is located in these files:
That ransom note’s message might have variations of the message, but the newer one states the following:
For getting back Your PC data You need to contact with us through email as soon as possible: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
That note may differ with other samples of the ransomware. For example, here is another one, which is older:
All your files on hard drives, removable media and network shares have been cryptographically encrypted.
Expansion of encrypted files: .BTC [other extensions might be provided]
To date, the encryption algorithm is not possible to decrypt.
Learn more about the algorithm can be here: Wikipedia
The crooks who spread the BTCamant ransomware should NOT in any circumstance be contacted or paid. By paying, you do not guarantee the recovery of your files, and also, nothing else can give you that guarantee. Your files may not get restored to their previous state. Moreover, funding the criminal activity of those cybercriminals will be like supporting them and encouraging them to do similar evil deeds.
Down here you can see a list of extensions which the Radamant virus searched to encrypt and is believed that the same list is also used by the BTCamant ransomware.
→.1cd, .dbf, .dt, .cf, .cfu, .mxl, .epf, .kdbx, .erf, .vrp, .grs, .geo, .st, .pff, .mft, .efd, .3dm, .3ds, .rib, .ma, .sldasm, .sldprt, .max, .blend, .lwo, .lws, .m3d, .mb, .obj, .x, .x3d, .movie.byu, .c4d, .fbx, .dgn, .dwg, .4db, .4dl, .4mp, .abs, .accdb, .accdc, .accde, .accdr, .accdt, .accdw, .accft, .adn, .a3d, .adp, .aft, .ahd, .alf, .ask, .awdb, .azz, .bdb, .bib, .bnd, .bok, .btr, .bak, .backup, .cdb, .ckp, .clkw, .cma, .crd, .dacpac, .dad, .dadiagrams, .daf, .daschema, .db, .db-shm, .db-wal, .db2, .db3, .dbc, .dbk, .dbs, .dbt, .dbv, .dbx, .dcb, .dct, .dcx, .ddl, .df1, .dmo, .dnc, .dp1, .dqy, .dsk, .dsn, .dta, .dtsx, .dxl, .eco, .ecx, .edb, .emd, .eql, .fcd, .fdb, .fic, .fid, .fil, .fm5, .fmp, .fmp12, .fmpsl, .fol, .fp3, .fp4, .fp5, .fp7, .fpt, .fpt, .fzb, .fzv, .gdb, .gwi, .hdb, .his, .ib, .idc, .ihx, .itdb, .itw, .jtx, .kdb, .lgc, .maq, .mdb, .mdbhtml, .mdf, .mdn, .mdt, .mrg, .mud, .mwb, .s3m, .myd, .ndf, .ns2, .ns3, .ns4, .nsf, .nsf, .nv2, .nyf, .oce, .odb, .oqy, .ora, .orx, .owc, .owg, .oyx, .p96, .p97, .pan, .pdb, .pdb, .pdb, .pdm, .phm, .pnz, .pth, .pwa, .qpx, .qry, .qvd, .rctd, .rdb, .rpd, .rsd, .sbf, .sdb, .sdb, .sdb, .sdf, .spq, .sqb, .stp, .sql, .sqlite, .sqlite3, .sqlitedb, .str, .tcx, .tdt, .te, .teacher, .tmd, .trm, .udb, .usr, .v12, .vdb, .vpd, .wdb, .wmdb, .xdb, .xld, .xlgc, .zdb, .zdc, .cdr, .cdr3, .ppt, .pptx, .1st, .abw, .act, .aim, .ans, .apt, .asc, .ascii, .ase, .aty, .awp, .awt, .aww, .bad, .bbs, .bdp, .bdr, .bean, .bib, .bna, .boc, .btd, .bzabw, .chart, .chord, .cnm, .crd, .crwl, .cyi, .dca, .dgs, .diz, .dne, .doc, .doc, .docm, .docx, .docxml, .docz, .dot, .dotm, .dotx, .dsv, .dvi, .dx, .eio, .eit, .email, .emlx, .epp, .err, .err, .etf, .etx, .euc, .fadein, .faq, .fb2, .fbl, .fcf, .fdf, .fdr, .fds, .fdt, .fdx, .fdxt, .fes, .fft, .flr, .fodt, .fountain, .gtp, .frt, .fwdn, .fxc, .gdoc, .gio, .gio, .gpn, .gsd, .gthr, .gv, .hbk, .hht, .hs, .htc, .hwp, .hz, .idx, .iil, .ipf, .jarvis, .jis, .joe, .jp1, .jrtf, .kes, .klg, .klg, .knt, .kon, .kwd, .latex, .lbt, .lis, .lit, .lnt, .lp2, .lrc, .lst, .lst, .ltr, .ltx, .lue, .luf, .lwp, .lxfml, .lyt, .lyx, .man, .map, .mbox, .md5txt, .me, .mell, .min, .mnt, .msg, .mwp, .nfo, .njx, .notes, .now, .nwctxt, .nzb, .ocr, .odm, .odo, .odt, .ofl, .oft, .openbsd, .ort, .ott, .p7s, .pages, .pfs, .pfx, .pjt, .plantuml, .prt, .psw, .pu, .pvj, .pvm, .pwi, .pwr, .qdl, .rad, .readme, .rft, .ris, .rng, .rpt, .rst, .rt, .rtd, .rtf, .rtx, .run, .rzk, .rzn, .saf, .safetext, .sam, .scc, .scm, .scriv, .scrivx, .sct, .scw, .sdm, .sdoc, .sdw, .sgm, .sig, .skcard, .sla, .slagz, .sls, .smf, .sms, .ssa, .strings, .stw, .sty, .sub, .sxg, .sxw, .tab, .tdf, .tdf, .tex, .text, .thp, .tlb, .tm, .tmd, .tmv, .tmx, .tpc, .trelby, .tvj, .txt, .u3d, .u3i, .unauth, .unx, .uof, .uot, .upd, .utf8, .unity, .utxt, .vct, .vnt, .vw, .wbk, .wbk, .wcf, .webdoc, .wgz, .wn, .wp, .wp4, .wp5, .wp6, .wp7, .wpa, .wpd, .wpd, .wpl, .wps, .wps, .wpt, .wpw, .wri, .wsc, .wsd, .wsh, .wtx, .xbdoc, .xbplate, .xdl, .xdl, .xlf, .xps, .xwp, .xwp, .xwp, .xy3, .xyp, .xyw, .ybk, .yml, .zabw, .zw, .2bp, .0,36, .3fr, .0,411, .73i, .8xi, .9png, .abm, .afx, .agif, .agp, .aic, .albm, .apd, .apm, .apng, .aps, .apx, .art, .artwork, .arw, .arw, .asw, .avatar, .bay, .blkrt, .bm2, .bmp, .bmx, .bmz, .brk, .brn, .brt, .bss, .bti, .c4, .cal, .cals, .can, .cd5, .cdc, .cdg, .cimg, .cin, .cit, .colz, .cpc, .cpd, .cpg, .cps, .cpx, .cr2, .ct, .dc2, .dcr, .dds, .dgt, .dib, .dicom, .djv, .djvu, .dm3, .dmi, .vue, .dpx, .wire, .drz, .dt2, .dtw, .dvl, .ecw, .eip, .erf, .exr, .fal, .fax, .fil, .fpos, .fpx, .g3, .gcdp, .gfb, .gfie, .ggr, .gif, .gih, .gim, .gmbck, .gmspr, .spr, .scad, .gpd, .gro, .grob, .hdp, .hdr, .hpi, .i3d, .icn, .icon, .icpr, .iiq, .info, .int, .ipx, .itc2, .iwi, .j, .j2c, .j2k, .jas, .jb2, .jbig, .jbig2, .jbmp, .jbr, .jfif, .jia, .jng, .jp2, .jpe, .jpeg, .jpg, .jpg2, .jps, .jpx, .jtf, .jwl, .jxr, .kdc, .kdi, .kdk, .kic, .kpg, .lbm, .ljp, .mac, .mbm, .mef, .mnr, .mos, .mpf, .mpo, .mrxs, .myl, .ncr, .nct, .nlm, .nrw, .oc3, .oc4, .oc5, .oci, .omf, .oplc, .af2, .af3, .ai, .art, .asy, .cdmm, .cdmt, .cdmtz, .cdmz, .cdt, .cgm, .cmx, .cnv, .csy, .cv5, .cvg, .cvi, .cvs, .cvx, .cwt, .cxf, .dcs, .ded, .design, .dhs, .dpp, .drw, .drw, .dxb, .dxf, .egc, .emf, .ep, .eps, .epsf, .fh10, .fh11, .fh3, .fh4, .fh5, .fh6, .fh7, .fh8, .fif, .fig, .fmv, .ft10, .ft11, .ft7, .ft8, .ft9, .ftn, .fxg, .gdraw, .gem, .glox, .gsd, .hpg, .hpgl, .hpl, .idea, .igt, .igx, .imd, .ink, .lmk, .mgcb, .mgmf, .mgmt, .mt9, .mgmx, .mgtx, .mmat, .mat, .otg, .ovp, .ovr, .pcs, .pfd, .pfv, .pl, .plt, .pm, .vrml, .pmg, .pobj, .ps, .psid, .rdl, .scv, .sk1, .sk2, .slddrt, .snagitstamps, .snagstyles, .ssk, .stn, .svf, .svg, .svgz, .sxd, .tlc, .tne, .ufr, .vbr, .vec, .vml, .vsd, .vsdm, .vsdx, .vstm, .stm, .vstx, .wmf, .wpg, .vsm, .vault, .xar, .xmind, .xmmap, .yal, .orf, .ota, .oti, .ozb, .ozj, .ozt, .pal, .pano, .pap, .pbm, .pc1, .pc2, .pc3, .pcd, .pcx, .pdd, .pdn, .pe4, .pe4, .pef, .pfi, .pgf, .pgm, .pi1, .pi2, .pi3, .pic, .pict, .pix, .pjpeg, .pjpg, .pm, .pmg, .png, .pni, .pnm, .pntg, .pop, .pp4, .pp5, .ppm, .prw, .psd, .psdx, .pse, .psp, .pspbrush, .ptg, .ptx, .ptx, .pvr, .px, .pxr, .pz3, .pza, .pzp, .pzs, .z3d, .qmg, .ras, .rcu, .rgb, .rgb, .rgf, .ric, .riff, .rix, .rle, .rli, .rpf, .rri, .rs, .rsb, .rsr, .rw2, .rwl, .s2mv, .sai, .sci, .sct, .sep, .sfc, .sfera, .sfw, .skm, .sld, .sob, .spa, .spe, .sph, .spj, .spp, .sr2, .srw, .ste, .sumo, .sva, .save, .ssfn, .t2b, .tb0, .tbn, .tex, .tfc, .tg4, .thm, .thumb, .tif, .tiff, .tjp, .tm2, .tn, .tpi, .ufo, .uga, .usertile-ms, .vda, .vff, .vpe, .vst, .wb1, .wbc, .wbd, .wbm, .wbmp, .wbz, .wdp, .webp, .wpb, .wpe, .wvl, .x3f, .y, .ysp, .zif, .cdr4, .cdr6, .rtf, .cdrw, .jpeg, .djvu, .pdf, .ddoc, .css, .pptm, .raw, .cpt, .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .jpe, .jp2, .pcx, .pdn, .png, .psd, .tga, .tiff, .tif, .hdp, .xpm, .ai, .cdr, .ps, .svg, .sai, .wmf, .emf, .ani, .apng, .djv, .flc, .fb2, .fb3, .fli, .mng, .smil, .svg, .mobi, .swf, .html, .xls, .xlsx, .csv, .xlsm, .ods, .xhtm
All of the files that will get encrypted in the process, will receive one and the same extension, which according to researchers is now .BTC. That very same extension has been used by other notable cryptoviruses, which do not seem related. Those viruses are:
The BTCamant ransomware might delete the Shadow volume copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
However, some versions of the ransomware seem to be decryptable as you can see from the image below:
Continue to read to find out what kind of ways you could try out to restore your files or a part of them if you do not have the screen in the above screenshot available with your variant of the virus.
Remove BTCamant Ransomware and Restore .BTC Files
If your computer got infected with the BTCamant 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.
What is BTCamant Ransomware?
BTCamant 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 algorithms 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.
Can BTCamant Ransomware Cayse Damage?
Yes, ransomware can damage your computer. Ransomware is a malicious software that is designed to block access to your computer or files until a ransom is paid.
Ransomware can also damage your system, corrupt data and delete files, resulting in the permanent loss of important files.
Should I Ignore Viruses, Like BTCamant?
No, you should never ignore ransomware. It can encrypt your data and block access to your computer, making it impossible to access your files until you pay a ransom.
Ignoring ransomware could lead to the permanent loss of your data, as well as the potential for the ransomware to spread to other computers on your network. Additionally, paying the ransom does not guarantee that your data will be recovered.
How Does BTCamant Infect?
Via several ways.BTCamant Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing emails, 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 BTCamant 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 .BTCamant files?
You can't. At this point, the .BTCamant files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted using a specific decryptionkey for the particular algorithm.
What to Do If a Decryptor Does Not Work?
Do not panic, and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .BTCamant files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
Can I Restore ".BTCamant" Files?
Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .BTCamant files.
These methods are in no way 100% guaranteed that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.
How To Get Rid of BTCamant Virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti-malware program.
It will scan for and locate BTCamant ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .BTCamant files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like BTCamant ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts.
What to Do If I Cant Get The Files Back?
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 can be re-downloaded from the web.
- Another clever way 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:
Germany - Offizielles Portal der deutschen Polizei
United States - IC3 Internet Crime Complaint Centre
United Kingdom - Action Fraud Police
France - Ministère de l'Intérieur
Italy - Polizia Di Stato
Spain - Policía Nacional
Netherlands - Politie
Poland - Policja
Portugal - Polícia Judiciária
Greece - Cyber Crime Unit (Hellenic Police)
India - Mumbai Police - CyberCrime Investigation Cell
Australia - Australian High Tech Crime Center
Reports may be responded to in different timeframes, depending on your local authorities.
Can You Stop Ransomware from Encrypting Your Files?
Yes, you can prevent ransomware. The best way to do this is to ensure your computer system is updated with the latest security patches, use a reputable anti-malware program and firewall, backup your important files frequently, and avoid clicking on malicious links or downloading unknown files.
Can BTCamant Ransomware Steal Your Data?
Yes, in most cases ransomware will steal your information. It is a form of malware that steals data from a user's computer, encrypts it, and then demands a ransom in order to decrypt it.
Can Ransomware Infect WiFi?
Yes, ransomware can infect WiFi networks, as malicious actors can use it to gain control of the network, steal confidential data, and lock out users. If a ransomware attack is successful, it could lead to a loss of service and/or data, and in some cases, financial losses.
Should I Pay Ransomware?
No, you should not pay ransomware extortionists. Paying them only encourages criminals and does not guarantee that the files or data will be restored. The better approach is to have a secure backup of important data and be vigilant about security in the first place.
What Happens If I Don't Pay Ransom?
If you don't pay the ransom, the hackers may still have access to your computer, data, or files and may continue to threaten to expose or delete them, or even use them to commit cybercrimes. In some cases, they may even continue to demand additional ransom payments.
Why Is the Ransom Paid in Crypto?
Cryptocurrency is a secure and untraceable form of payment, making it the ideal choice for ransom payments. It is difficult to trace, and the transactions are almost instantaneous. This means it is nearly impossible for authorities to track the payment and recover the money.
Can Ransomware Attack Be Detected?
Yes, ransomware can be detected. Anti-malware software and other advanced security tools can detect ransomware and alert the user when it is present on a machine.
It is important to stay up-to-date on the latest security measures and to keep security software updated to ensure ransomware can be detected and prevented.
Do Ransomware Criminals Get Caught?
Yes, ransomware criminals do get caught. Law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, Interpol and others have been successful in tracking down and prosecuting ransomware criminals in the US and other countries. As ransomware threats continue to increase, so does the enforcement activity.
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