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CommonRansom Virus – How to Remove It (+Restore Files)

This article will aid you remove CommonRansom virus effectively. Follow the removal instructions at the end.

The CommonRansom virus is a newly discovered ransomware threat that does not belong to any of the known malware families. The identity of the operators behind the recent attacks are not known. Depending on its configuration active infections can also lead to the installation of other threats — viruses, ransomware, miners and Trojans. Our guide explains how computer users can spot the infections and attempt to remove them.

Threat Summary

Name CommonRansom virus
Type Ransomware
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files and put the extension .CommonRansom to them after it finishes its encryption process.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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CommonRansom virus – Distribution

The CommonRansom virus is a newly discovered threat which has been found to compromise machines around the world. At this time the origins of the threat are not known, it is speculated that this threat may be originating from a custom virus service advertised on the underground hacker forums. The other possible theory behind its creation and distribution is that it is the work of the operators behind the distribution.

As the attacks are still limited in number the security reports do not indicate which is the primary distribution method. As a consequence the criminals can use the most popular tactics.

One of the main ones is the use of email SPAM campaigns which can be designed as being sent by companies or services that the users may use. This si done by taking the legitimate design elements and content and copying them in the emails. They can directly distribute the viruses as file attachments or linking them in the body contents. Alongside emails the criminals can also set up download sites that are copies of vendor download pages and well-known Internet portals. These two methods are also used to spread another form of the CommonRansom virus, namely its inclusion in infected payloads. Two of the most common types are the following:

  • Infected Documents — They can be of all popular types and contain dangerous macros that will lead to the virus delivery. When they are opened by the victims a prompt will appear asking them to enable the built-in scripts. They will automatically deploy the threat.
  • Infected Applications — The criminals can also embed the virus scripts in malicious setup files — they are often made by taking the real installers from the official sites and modifying them. Once the relevant software is installed or the file is merely started the virus will automatically be deployed.

All of these files can also be uploaded via file sharing networks such as BitTorrent. The reason why this is a popular method for spreading both legal and illegal files.

In certain cases the CommonRansom virus can be spread via malicious browser plugins whic hare also known as hijackers. They are made compatible with the most popular browsers and are uploaded to their respective extension repositories. When installed they will modify the default settings and install the virus.

CommonRansom virus – Information

The CommonRansom virus has not undergone an extensive virus analysis yet however we presume that a modular framework is used by its engine. This would allow the operators to further develop and update the malware.

We presume that it will copy the behavior patterns of other successful threats and by doing so the first actions done by the infection engine would be to harvest sensitive data from the compromised machines. This can lead to the retrieval both of anonymous metrics that are used to generate the unique infection ID and personal data. If configured so this module can capture information such as the victim’s name, interests, address and even stored passwords.

All of the acquired information can then be used to bypass discovered security software — anti-virus software, sandbox environments and virtual machine hosts.

Other tactics employed by the CommonRansom virus can include the modification of the operating system. This is done after the security bypass as at this point the malware will have obtained complete control. A common action is the setup of the virus as a persistent threat — this will automatically start the engine once the computer boots. This can cause certain system processes and third-party applications not to start or at all. Another consequence would be the manipulation of entries that are used by Windows and the user-installed applications. This can cause serious performance issues when using the computer and the inability to start certain functions.

If configured so the CommonRansom virus can also delete sensitive data: System Restore Points or Shadow Volume Copies.

A serious consequence of having an active CommonRansom virus infection is the fact that it can lead to additional payload delivery. The criminals can include the ability to install a Trojan infection. This is done by deploying a client that establishes a secure and constant connection to a hacker-controlled server. Through it the hacker controllers will be able to overtake control of the systems.

CommonRansom virus – Encryption Process

The CommonRansom virus follows the classic ransomware behavior pattern of targeting sensitive user data with a strong cipher. This is done so according to a built-in list of target file type extensions. An example one can be run against the following data:

  • Archives
  • Backups
  • Databases
  • Images
  • Videos
  • Music

As a result the affected files will be renamed with the .CommonRansom extension. Preceding the final extension the email displayed in the ransomware note. It itself is created in a file called DECRYPTING.txt and reads the following message:

===
CommonRansom
===
Hello dear friend,
Your files were encrypted!
You have only 12 hours to decrypt it
In case of no answer our team will delete your decryption password
Write back to our e-mail: old@nuke.africa
In your message you have to write:
1. This ID-345678901234567
2. [IP_ADDRESS]:PORT(rdp) of infected machine
3. Username:Password with admin rights
4. Time when you have paid 0.1 btc to this bitcoin wallet:
35M1ZJhTaTi4iduUfZeNA75iByjoQ9ibgF
After payment our team will decrypt your files immediatly
Free decryption as guarantee:
1. File must be less than 10MB
2. Only .txt or .lnk files, no databases
3. Only 5 files
How to obtain bitcoin:
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click ‘Buy bitcoins’, and select the seller by payment method and price.
https://localbitcoins.com/buy_bitcoins
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
https://www.coindesk.com/information/how-can-i-buy-bitcoins/

Remove CommonRansom Ransomware and Restore .CommonRansom Files

If your computer got infected with the CommonRansom Ransomware 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.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove CommonRansom virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove CommonRansom virus

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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 CommonRansom virus 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 CommonRansom virus 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 CommonRansom virus 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 CommonRansom virus 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 CommonRansom virus.

Ransomware infections and CommonRansom virus 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 CommonRansom virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall CommonRansom virus 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 CommonRansom virus:

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 CommonRansom virus. 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 CommonRansom virus. 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 CommonRansom virus 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 CommonRansom virus. 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 CommonRansom virus.

Ransomware infections and CommonRansom virus 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.


CommonRansom virus FAQ

What is CommonRansom virus ransomware and how does it work?

CommonRansom virus 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 CommonRansom virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.CommonRansom virus 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 CommonRansom virus 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 .CommonRansom virus files?

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

One way to restore files, encrypted by CommonRansom virus 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 ".CommonRansom virus" files (Other Methods)?

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

Also, keep in mind that viruses like CommonRansom virus 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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