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CyBer SpLiTTer Vbs Virus – Remove and Restore Your Files

cyber-splitter-vbs-virus-senosorstechforum-com-mainA vbs-script using ransomware virus, named Cyber SpLiTTer has been created to ask 1 BTC from users that have been infected by it. What is interesting about this virus is that it was created by the Cerber model since just like the first Cerber variant, it features a .vbs file with the very same voice massage saying to the user that his files have been enciphered. Since experts are concerned that this virus may spread, it is strongly advisable to back up your data. In case your computer has been infected by Cyber SpLiTTer ransomware, it is strongly suggested to use the instructions below to remove the virus from your computer and try the alternative methods to reverse your files while a decryptor is released for free. Paying the ransom of 1 BTC is strongly not recommended.

Threat Summary

NameCyBer SpLiTTer
TypeRansomware
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files with encryption cipher and asks a ransom for decryption.
SymptomsFiles are encrypted and become inaccessible. A ransom note with instructions for paying the ransom shows as a .vbs voice message file and a wallpaper with a BitCoin address for anonymous payments.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, File Sharing Networks.
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CyBer SpLiTTer Ransomware – Infection Technique

This particular type of virus may arrive in several different forms on an infected computer.
One method of infection caused by CyBer SpLiTTer is to arrive on your computer via malicious e-mail attachment or a URL. Such e-mails are cleverly disguised to fool users that it is something important like an invoice or another type of attachment that they need to see. When they open the file or URL, however, users see nothing, but their files becoming unopenable.

The CyBer SpLiTTer virus, however, might also come in an even stealthier way – via fake updates. This is very common for when organizations are targeted. The virus may cause an infection via other malware that may have previously already infected the computer with a Trojan.Dropper, for example. Then it may reset the computer, claiming there is a crucial update, after which encrypt the files on system boot, before any antivirus software even starts.

Whatever the case may be, users are always advised to not fast-click their way through an unfamiliar file and make sure to check it first, no matter how it was situated on their computers.

CyBer SpLiTTer Ransomware – More Details

As soon as it infects your computer, the CyBer SpLiTTer virus may create multiple files in several key locations of Windows:

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  • %AppData%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Startup%
  • %Temp%
  • %UserProfile%
  • %Documents%
  • The files may contain one primary executable which is the encryption module and may have a completely random name or a name imitating a legitimate Windows process (for example, svchost.exe). There may also be other files along with it, like support module which delete the shadow copies and any backups on the victim’s computer via the vssadmin command.

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    To encrypt the files on a compromised computer, CyBer SpLiTTer may use a scanning technique which identifies how many files are of the most widely used types of formats, for example:

    → “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”Source:fileinfo.com

    As soon as it detects the files it has been preconfigured to, the CyBer SpLiTTer virus gets down to business. The ransomware may scramble the source code of the files, by replacing blocks of code in it with an AES encrypted code. It may not encrypt the whole file, but just enough to render it unusable. The files encrypted by CyBer SpliTTer can no longer be opened by any software what so ever.

    What is interesting about this particular virus is that it uses a voice message, just like Cerber ransomware does to notify it’s victims of what has happened. The voice message may inform the following notification:

    “Attention! Your documents, photos, databases and other important files have been encrypted!”
    In addition to this voice, message, the CyBer SpLiTTer ransomware also contains a ransom note, which informs the victim with the following message:
    Your files have been encrypted!
    Send 1 BTC the amount of the account is decrypted your files!
    “ CyBer SpLiTTer Vbs”
    Send to Account Bitcoin:1BujMC98bu4cYcSz6jzZs5DiGc377p1xED

    CyBer SpLiTTer Ransomware – Conclusion

    As a bottom line, this may or may not be a modified variant of Cerber ransomware since the virus has been released to be RaaS (ransomware-as-a-service) to many third-party affiliates of the Cerber underground network. This has made the virus to be very widespread, and some coders may have seen an opportunity in this, creating their own version of Cerber. Whether this is the situation or not, this virus should immediately be deleted from your computer, and you should seek alternative methods to restore your files, like the ones in the step 2 under the Automatic removal instructions below.

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    Windows Mac OS X

    How to Remove CyBer SpLiTTer from Windows.


    Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove CyBer SpLiTTer

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    Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
    We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

    Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

    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 CyBer SpLiTTer 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 CyBer SpLiTTer 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 CyBer SpLiTTer 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.

    IMPORTANT!
    Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
    This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

    Step 4: Scan for CyBer SpLiTTer 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.

    SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

    If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

    Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by CyBer SpLiTTer.

    Ransomware infections and CyBer SpLiTTer 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:

    If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:

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    2. On the download page, click on the "Download" button:

    3. Click on "Save File" button:

    4. Accept all agreements and click "Next":

    5. After all the "Next" steps, click on "Install" and then wait for the installation to complete:

    6. Run the software. Click on the location to scan for missing or deleted files and click on "Scan":

    7. Wait for the scan to complete, it may take some time. Be advised that this scan is not 100% guaranteed to recover all files, but it does have some chance to get your data back:


    Windows Mac OS X

    Get rid of CyBer SpLiTTer from Mac OS X.


    Step 1: Uninstall CyBer SpLiTTer and remove related files and objects

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    Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
    We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
    Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


    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 CyBer SpLiTTer:

    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 CyBer SpLiTTer. 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 CyBer SpLiTTer. 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 CyBer SpLiTTer 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 CyBer SpLiTTer. 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.


    Step 2: Scan for and remove CyBer SpLiTTer files from your Mac

    When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as CyBer SpLiTTer, 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 CyBer SpLiTTer on your Mac.

    Ransomware for Mac CyBer SpLiTTer 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.

    1. Download the recommended Data Recovery Mac app by clicking on the link underneath:

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