.crab Files Virus (Scarab) - Remove It and Restore Files
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.crab Files Virus (Scarab) – Remove It and Restore Files

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This article will help you to remove Scarab ransomware in full. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

Scarab is a virus which encrypts your files and demands money as a ransom to get your files restored. According to some malware researchers, all files of a compromised computer get locked with the AES military grade encryption algorithm. The Scarab cryptovirus will encrypt your data, while also appending the custom .crab extension to each of the encrypted files. Read on to see how you could try to potentially recover some of your files.

Threat Summary

Name.crab Files Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files with the AES encryption algorithm. All locked files will have the .crab extension appended to them.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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.crab Files Virus (Scarab) – Delivery

Scarab ransomware might spread its infection in various ways. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your computer device will become infected. Below, you can see the payload file of the cryptovirus being detected by the VirusTotal service:

Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware located at the corresponding forum thread.

.crab Files Virus (Scarab) – Information

Scarab is a virus that encrypts your files and places a .txt file, with instructions inside the infected computer system. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom fee for the alleged restoration of your files.

Scarab ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.

After encryption the Scarab virus shows a ransom message located inside a .txt file.

You can see its contents of this file, labeled HOW TO RECOVER ENCRYPTED FILES.TXT, from the following screenshot given down below:

The ransom note states the following:

Your files are now encrypted!

Your personal identifier:
6A02000000000000148442F21592870D0031080357A298B6FF62B948AF6F01E3731219795531117B922E646DA5328FEACDF6
509810777DEEIA676A5418BE327SF7BIDDBDC686577729F18SDlESSC9333BAB818BA7D4FECA80196368184ACACB6C559C888
4C64B27861C15D1BE90A7C49138C5877DA47EE16D256FF8779DA74C771F9B4869646A51A97AB1973D111DD4C49596D2E8D
058608680498563883E279661F21E38A74841885895908A7EI75F783AA93A1254875900809A901ECCE456218C5638231353KG
F8B531B65A45D88042D40CF4EC0684A15B8CEC4E270E8CADC7F6AA6FBDACD19BBF39B8B85FBF88C142FC4E734E5E847E8A7E
2FBAB24416860BCBCCFBA5014927EAEDlBSDA5F85CB2A1EBDB56510539496579399A1C3896SF908FD4488EE7628FDFDB7BA5
601921B15DEE88B1441CF019870880BA2F901C1F33EBE807

For instructions for decrypting files, please write here:

[email protected]
[email protected]

If you have not received an answer, write to me again!!

The note of the Scarab ransomware states that your files are encrypted and that you have to pay a ransom to get them back to normal. However, 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. Adding to that, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal activities. That may even result to you getting your files encrypted once again.

.crab Files Virus (Scarab) – Encryption

What is known for the encryption process of the Scarab ransomware is that every file that gets encrypted will receive the .crab suffix. That suffix is appended to the name of an encrypted file as a secondary extension. The original extension and filenames remain unchanged after encryption, as the .crab extension is added. The extension has been used in GandCrab ransomware.

Currently there is no information regarding which types of files get encrypted by the malicious application.

The files which are used the most by users that probably get encrypted are probably from the following categories:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

This ransomware might be decryptable, but no specific decryption tool is released yet.

The Scarab cryptovirus deletes all Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

Along with the above-stated command, other ones are executed, which remove backups, making the effects of the encryption process more efficient. Those commands remove some of the viable ways to restore your data via Windows inherent processes. If a computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore some files back to their original state.

Remove Scarab Ransomware Virus and Restore .crab Files

If your computer system got infected with the Scarab 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.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by .crab Files Virus and other threats.
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To remove .crab Files Virus follow these steps:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .crab Files Virus files and objects
2. Find files created by .crab Files Virus on your PC

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4. Try to Restore files encrypted by .crab Files Virus
Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov is a tech-geek and loves everything that is tech-related, while observing the latest news surrounding technologies. He has worked in IT before, as a system administrator and a computer repair technician. Dealing with malware since his teens, he is determined to spread word about the latest threats revolving around computer security.

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