.charcl Files Virus (STOP Ransomware) – Remove It
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.charcl Files Virus (STOP Ransomware) – Remove It

This article has been made to explain what is the .charcl variant of STOP ransomware virus, how to remove it from your computer and how you can try and get your files recovered back to normal.

STOP ransomware continues its wave of ransomware variants that attack innocent victims. The malware strain aims to get users to pay ransom so that they can get the people behind this virus to pay ransom fee in BitCoins in return for the files becoming usable once again. If your computer has been infected by this variant of STOP ransomware, then we would stronlgy recommend that you read this article thoroughly.

Threat Summary

Name.charcl STOP Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionAims to encrypt the files on the computers created by it and then extort the owner of the computer to pay ransom to get the files to be decoded.
SymptomsFiles cannot be opened and have the .charcl file extenison. The ransomware drops a note file, called _readme.txt.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.charcl STOP Virus – Distribution

One of the methods that may redistribute the .charcl version of STOP Ransomware could be via e-mail spam. Such malicious spam messages may result in the .charclransomware to be spread onto your computer as a result of being uploaded as an attachment of an e-mail sent to you. The crooks begin to use more and more convincing e-mails to spread their files, for example:

In addition to e-mails, the cyber-criminals who spread the infection file of the .charcl variant of STOP ransomware could also get the virus to infect your computer by having its virus files uploaded on hacked WordPress or other types of sites. The files that are uploaded on those sites may pose as the following programs:

  • Portable software.
  • Installers.
  • Activators.
  • Software cracks.
  • Patches.
  • Windows Activators.

.kropun Files Ransomware -Analysis

Once an infection with the .charcl ransomware occurs, then the virus may drop its payload files on the compromised computers by it. The payload files may be dropped on the following Windows directories:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%

When the virus files are dropped on computers that have been infected, the ransomware may begin to perform several different activities, such as:

  • Create mutexes.
  • Perform privilege escalation.
  • Obtain administrator permissions.
  • Execute commands in Windows Command Prompt.
  • Obtain your location and IP address.

Among the virus activities of this STOP Ransomware version is to also drop Its ransom note, called _readme.txt. It has the following message to victims:

———————————————- ALL YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED ———————————————–

Don’t worry, you can return all your files!
All your files documents, photos, databases and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees do we give to you?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information
Don’t try to use third-party decrypt tools because it will destroy your files.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours.
—————————————————————————————————————————
To get this software you need write on our e-mail:
[email protected]
Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
[email protected]
Your personal ID:
[redacted 43 alphanumeric chars]

Furthermore, the virus may also create registry entires whose main idea could be to run files automatically when you start Windows. The sub-keys that are used for this purpose are likely 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

Furthemore, the .charcl file ransomware could also eliminate the shadow volume copies of your computer by executing the following commands as an administrator in Windows Command Prompt:

→ sc stop VVS
sc stop wscsvc
sc stop WinDefend
sc stop wuauserv
sc stop BITS
sc stop ERSvc
sc stop WerSvc
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures
C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe” /C vssadmin.exe Delete Shadows /All /Quiet

.charcl Ransomware -Encryption Process

When the encryption of .charcl begins, the virus may start looking for all files, except the ones located in the system folders of Windows. The malware may look for files by scanning their file types. The outcome of this is that you may not be able to open the following files, if your PC gets infected:

→ “PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG ..CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG”

After encryption, the .charcl ransomware may add its own file extension to the files it has rendered temporarily obsolete so they assume the following appearance:

Remove .charcl Files Virus and Try to Get Your Files Back

Before actually starting the removal of .chacrl files virus, we suggest that you do a fresh backup of your files. This is done with the purpose to secure them if something goes wrong during removal.

For the removal process of .charcl file ransomware, we strongly recommend that you read the instructions underneath. They contain the necessary steps that are required to remove this virus manually. However, if the first two manual removal steps do not work, experts stronlgy recommend to simply download and run a scan with an advanced anti-malware software. This tool is created with the primary idea to help you remove the virus files effectively, safely and automatically and will protect you computer against any infections that might occur in the future too.

Furthermore, if you want to try and get files, encrypted by the .charcl files ransomware, then we highly suggest that you further read this article and find “Try to restore” files step. It will show you some tools that could work for some of your files without you paying the ransom, even though they are not 100% effective.

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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